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Estel Technologies: Creating A Happy Place to Work

Anamika Sahu
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Anamika Sahu
At times, established organizations are constrained within such solid nutshells that it becomes hard to crack them and be adaptable to industry changes. Breaking this norm is Gurgaon based Estel Technologies that efficiently adapts to shifting dynamics of the market. Established in 1997, Estel is a seventeen-year old contemporary organization that provides software solutions and managed services to telecom operators, banks and service providers. Excellent domain knowledge and innovative products that Estel has formed over the years is what it believes to be the factor that attracts industry's best talent. With the knack of such talent, the company has been able to park itself well in the industry.

Bearing in mind to open up broader domains and opportunities for employees to learn and grow, Estel strives to give employees the chance to work in niche domains of product development for emerging sectors like telecom and mobile technology for global clients. To gear them up to the competitive edge, the company provides trainings round the year and even reimburses expenses for certifications in professional courses incurred by employees on case by case basis. Estel assigns mentors to guide freshers throughout their initial journey within the company and help them learn and gel with company's core values and philosophy. "Last year we conducted over 17 training programs for all levels of our employees to sharpen their skill sets. While we firmly hold hands of our old employees, we do not ignore the new ones," says Raj Hajela, Founder & Managing Director, Estel Technologies.

Unlike other companies, Estel believes in establishing a friendly connect with the employees. It publishes a quarterly newsletter to keep the existing and the new breed of employees updated with latest developments and achievements of the company. A wonderful program called 'Coffee with Raj Hajela' is conducted every month where the CEO interacts with an employee to discuss his growth and future roadmap within the organization. These factors have largely contributed towards bringing do the attrition rate to ten percent & less in the past three years.

Estel embraces open work culture and rewards those who contribute altruistically to the company's growth. Such employees are recognized with awards like Customer Excellence, Star Performer, Annual Day Award and others. Among the strong pillars of the company are mines of experienced people who have stood high and long with the company. Estel also recognizes those employees who have completed more than five years with the company with its 'Long Stay Award'.

The existing employees are given due value & preference when filling vacant positions as they are well versed with the way company functions. Among some of other HR benefits, Estel offers flexible working hours, work from home, BYOD, compensatory offs for employees working on weekends, travel policy for domestic & international travel, medi-claim and personal accident insurance to its employees.

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