Get to Know the People Science Team: Archana Ramesh
Title: Head of Glint People Science, Asia Pacific
Hometown: I was born in India but raised across five countries. I immigrated to the U.S. when I was 16 and have had the opportunity to live across most parts of it—New York, Florida, California and Illinois, to name a few.
When Archana Ramesh saw the opportunity to move from San Francisco to Singapore to build Glint’s regional presence, the choice, to her, was a no-brainer. She has what she describes as an “immense interest in working and learning in multicultural contexts.”
“Working in an incredibly diverse region like Asia Pacific has come with its own unique learnings, and I’ve loved building a team here,” she says.
Archana credits her interest in understanding and deconstructing human behavior to her upbringing as an expat child, moving every few years across different countries. Her career experiences are wide-ranging, as well, including managing layoffs for hundreds of people a few months into her first role after grad school in Wisconsin, evaluating a company’s total rewards strategy while working in Russia, and building a people analytics function at a San Francisco tech startup.
“If there is anything my career so far has taught me, it’s that diverse experiences and contexts can make you versatile and adaptable,” she says, “and that opportunities to learn something new and grow are more important to me than a specific job title.”
Learn more about Archana’s work and life:
What’s your motivation for doing what you do?
The idea of making an outsized impact on the world at work—solving new problems and learning along the way—motivates me.
Any career goals you’re working toward?
I can’t say I have any specific goals. I am more enamored with opportunities that allow me to be challenged, learn, and grow rather than any specific roles or titles.
What has been a big learning moment in your career?
Coming out of graduate school, I had fanciful notions that the best jobs are the ones focused on strategy and stay away from operational/execution work. I think grad school can do that to you. I realized very soon that the ability to create strategy without execution is as useless as executing without stepping back to look at the big picture. Since then, I’ve worked on sharpening my execution skills to match my love for big, abstract ideas, and I now live in the fun middle where strategy meets execution.
What’s your top tip?
The biggest lesson I learned is the power of one step forward. Whether it’s professional or personal, sometimes you can get stuck behind a big idea or goal, and feel powerless to crack it. But just taking that first action, putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) can be the difference between an idea that vanishes into thin air, and one that lives on and becomes something. And once you take that action, bring other people in ASAP. It doesn’t have to be perfect; give people something to react to, and iterate.
What was your first job?
There was a time my interest in the fashion industry had me infatuated with working in retail. My first summer job was folding jeans at a mall store. I learned the hard way that working in retail had nothing to do with a career in fashion. I did, however, get great grounding in customer centricity while earning minimum wage.
How many cups of coffee do you drink per day?
What do you like to do outside of work?
Pre-pandemic travel was a way of life and a hobby—55 countries and counting. I also love to dance (I’m a dance fitness instructor, and dancing in my living room counts, too), perfect my headstands with my yoga practice, and do some creative writing.