Garima Gautam, Category Trade Shopper Marketing Manager
What made Philips stand out at the campus talk was their vision to improve the lives of three billion people a year by 2030. It resonated strongly with me and my fellow students because we knew we were not signing up for just a job – we were going to make a difference to society.
My internship in summer 2015 gave me invaluable real-life exposure working on a project that was eventually implemented across India. Talking to my batch mates afterwards, I realized my internship was far more enriching than anyone could even imagine. It was the perfect launchpad for my career.
A culture of empowerment
As an intern, I was pleased by the culture of empowerment across all Philips employees – especially new hires. People were chosen for projects based on merit, which gave fresh young talent like me the opportunity to rise quickly in the company.
My first project involved finding ways to improve the sales strategy for Philips’ male grooming products. I visited stores and interacted with shoppers to capture consumer trends on the ground, which gave me a strong proposal to sell to top management. When the time came for our client presentation, I was encouraged by my manager to deliver it. This was after less than two months at Philips. At Philips, people steer you in the right direction. Their faith and support is empowering.
Supported to excel
Though my project went well, it was not without challenges. When producing assets for trial, I underestimated the time it would take: instead of seven days as I had thought it would, it took 15. It was stressful, but, at all times, people knew I was giving my best. They helped me and ensured I learned from this.
The support I received from senior management throughout the project was great. No one turned me away without answers to my questions. What’s more, they were so impressed by my results that the project was eventually shared and replicated across India as an example of best practice. My first look at corporate life was better than I could have ever imagined. At Philips, employees at every level receive the support they need to excel.
Customer and family-first
Philips values not only being customer-first but also being family-first. By family, I mean all employees; the company encourages everyone to pursue their goals. My goal was to work in marketing, and when I shared this with my manager, he opened my eyes to the importance of Trade Shopper Marketing, which is where I am now. This is a critical function for the company.
Through my current role, I’ve been able to learn about the consumer experience from the front line. It hasn’t always been smooth sailing. My first stint as a full-time employee was in sales, and it was tough; but I never doubted my ability to pull it off. This is because the team was so confident about me.
I’m now the Category Trade Shopper Marketing Manager for Philips’ air purifiers and mother and childcare products, two of our fastest-growing categories. My job involves handling end to end BTL planning & execution for both the categories in which I relish the varied challenges & responsibilities that each day brings.
From conversations with my peers, I see that the trust Philips has in its people, and the support it gives is unequalled. For anyone considering working at Philips, I’d say jump onboard! Our only mantra is this: deliver the best, in the best possible way, with the best possible people.
Originally posted here.
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