What it’s like to work at CA as a Director
When searching for a role or starting your career in the tech industry, you’ll typically find bulleted information on a company’s job description, benefits, and culture. We want to go a step beyond and give you insight from a real CA employee. This Director for Agile Program Management profile is part of our careers blog series “A Day in The Life At CA”.
Ramesh Manickavel is the Director for the Agile Program Management unit, located in the CA India Technology Center, in Hyderabad. He joined CA Technologies in 2009 but took a short break of 5 months from the organization in 2011 post which he re-joined the organization. He says, “That tells you about how much I like CA”.
Before joining CA Technologies, Ramesh had worked for GE (General Electricals) as a developer/architect for online Parts Store as well as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt involved in the organization-wide process improvement projects. Post this he joined Oracle India Development Centre as a Technical Staff Member. Today he works as a Director for Agile Program Management where he’s tasked with enabling product development teams to provide predictable on-time delivery with improved quality.
An average day.
Ramesh is an early riser and reaches office by 8:30 am after an hour of jogging. He then plans his day meticulously by going through e-mails, pending items from the previous day and preparing for meetings to be scheduled for the day. He reviews the various agendas for the meetings and ensures he has the required data & details. He likes spending the lunchtime with his peers and colleagues and occasionally steps out with them for team lunch.
“Walk around the campus is a must post lunch for me. I try to keep half hour for myself post lunch to be able to plan for rest of the day or to catch up on items that I couldn’t do in the morning. Late afternoons and evenings are mostly consumed in meetings.”
Ramesh likes reading in his free time and tries to make time for it whenever he can.
“I make time for myself to go over blogs and videos shared with me by my team members, peers or anyone else on leadership or technical staff. And my day ends with some reading (fiction mostly) even if it is for 10 to 15 minutes.”
The best part of the job.
On being asked about what part of his job he likes the most, he said, “Interacting with people – whether it be technical discussions or brainstorming on new ideas, it’s amazing to see how diverse we are in terms of functional/technical knowledge, skills, experience yet aligned to a common vision. Making a difference by working with such great minds is what I love about my job.”
He also loves his workspace which is right in the middle of his floor which makes it easier for him to interact with the team. “It’s bright and comes with my favorite two whiteboards. I have the habit of writing a lot on them when I have my discussions with teammates.”
On office surroundings and facilities
“We have an amazing campus to walk around, especially the location near the amphitheater introduced by my friend Satbeer. It’s serene. That’s the place I choose to unwind and spend some quiet moments with myself. I have brought my family several times on site and my mom just loves our campus. She thinks that her son has the coolest job in the whole world and its kind of true!”
Ramesh was full of praise for the CA facilities and the team that takes care of it. He says, “We have one of the best facilities team in the world. I have worked with them on several occasions for different events at the team level and organization level – we just need to make it known, they make it happen.”
CA Technologies has an employee champion program which nominates people who help solve issues/grievances at workplace and promote various benefits for employees. Ramesh has himself been an employee champion and knows a lot about CA benefits.
“I have been an employee champion and it’s wonderful to see how much CA invests in the wellbeing of its employees. Personally, I have had emergency situations where I couldn’t go through the suggested medical procedures, but the support and help I got from CA is amazing. I also like the gesture of inviting family members to the health sessions that take place at work.”
Some words of advice
Many people that are new to the tech industry may not know CA Technologies. We asked Ramesh what advice or comments would he have for them about choosing to work for CA. He replied, “While the branding and advertisements like ‘Bring What You Bring’ has increased awareness about CA significantly, a lot of folks think that we are chartered accountants. Personally, I like CA primarily because of the growth opportunities it has provided me with. I will tell the individuals that their career growth aligning with their aspiration is more important than the brand of the company. I choose to have a personal brand myself along with my company’s brand rather than just associating myself with a brand. With a wide range of product development teams in CA, there are variety of challenging opportunities in every area.”