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Embracing change as a tech lead | Blog | bol.com

Cyberdime
Published: March 1, 2024

We all need role models in ourlives, and that’s not a given forwomen in tech. Here at bol, I lovethat genuine efforts are made tounderstand women, see theirchallenges, and create a platformfor them.

– Pratishtha Pandey, Product Tech Lead

Feeling valued and heard

“I must have asked 1000 questions during my first few months at bol, but my colleagues have always been super patient with me and truly wanted me to become part of the team. Even though I’m the only non-Dutch person in my leadership department, it doesn’t feel that way at all. My colleagues make an effort to involve me in their Dutch jokes and are genuinely interested in Indian culture too. Here at bol, everyone is welcome – no matter where you are from.”

Pratishtha soon noticed that this feeling of inclusion extends to gender as well. “Both our CEO and Director of Engineering are women, how amazing is that! Seeing these women do incredible things makes me feel like anything is possible.” She continues, “We all need role models in our lives, and that’s not a given for women in tech. Here at bol, I love that genuine efforts are made to understand women, see their challenges, and create a platform for them. That happens very organically. There is a vibe here that encourages you to comfortably pitch your ideas, take a step back when you need to, and grow immensely when the time is right. It’s an incredible feeling to have your opinion heard and valued, and it makes me even more passionate about my job.”

We build it, we run it, we love it

Pratishtha has been in The Netherlands for five years now, and when it comes to her future, she’s pretty settled. “When I first came here I didn’t have a specific plan, but now I really feel like I’ve found my place and I’m here to stay. I appreciate the Dutch way of being open where people ask for your ideas, and communication is a two-way street. It took me some time to get used to, but now I lead my teams in the same way.”

“Our engineering teams have this saying: ‘We build it, we run it, we love it.’ It means everyone has control over what they create and how they create it, and the product becomes like their baby. Even though I’m part of a big company, that attitude makes me feel like I’m working in a startup. Anything is possible here, as long as you put your mind to it.”

Source: techlab.bol.com