Today, I complete my first year @ CitrusPay. It has been a superb journey with lots of learnings, responsibilities and excitement. Given that this is my first job; I’ve got just the right amount of mentorship & help to gather knowledge for driving the digital payments adoption. Some of the things that made this journey easy as well as exciting includes:
Flat structure and approachable coworkers: Open communication is the first thing any new employee need, especially if it is his first job. The open door work culture here meant that I could learn new things and get my doubts cleared by practically anyone including the sales/product heads.
Strong Sense of Accountability: It was made very clear to me as to what was expected from me, right from the very first week. I was given the complete ownership of the CitrusPay blog, engagement on discussion forums like Quora, Newsletters, E-books and much more. No one here notes down the IN & OUT time. It was never needed. With remote teams, daily monitoring would wreak havoc in the lives of the managers. With a strong sense of ownership and freedom, work has been the top priority irrespective of monitoring.
Recognizing Employee Accomplishments: From rewarding the early employees with handsome rewards to celebrating with the entire team on a foreign trip, employee have been regularly rewarded for their hard work.
The process of coming into CitrusPay, a fun story.
Engineering was the last thing that happened to me. Every decision after that has been well thought of. This meant that I was extremely choosy when it to came to sitting for the Summer placements. Eventually, I bypassed the campus placements and decided to go with a Mumbai based digital payments company under Mabel Chacko & Tushar Telang. This is where I was first exposed to the payments world. After completing the internship, I was sure that this is the industry that I want to be in.
During one of the lectures in third semester, I told my friend that I will get placed through LinkedIn and not through college placements. So, I started connecting with fintech professionals, got into discussions and engagements on payments. By mid July and early August 2015, I had already appeared for a couple of interviews while most of my friends hadn’t even prepared their CV for their final placements. This pic of a telephonic interview, while the class was going on. Couldn’t miss the call & couldn’t get of the lecture hall.
In the midst of many telephonic interviews & rejections, I became more eager to deepen my knowledge about payments. I started reading more about the payments space in India and wrote an article on LinkedIn. This was the time when Mabel found me suitable for a role at CitrusPay and contacted me through LinkedIn. My prophecy of getting a job through LinkedIn was going to be true. After a couple of interview rounds, I was selected for the Content marketing role. All this just before the start of campus placement season at my B school.
Coming back to the present, the CitrusPay PayU combination has become the Fintech powerhouse of the country with over ₹ 4.5+ billion in transactions. The overall product stack becomes stronger with best of the two companies. Payment gateway Solutions, Sellfie, Point of Sale machine, Credit solution – Lazypay, UPI, Bank partnerships, Consumer facing solutions and much more; merchants really don’t need to think beyond this for their online payments collection need.