Glassdoor’s Newly Appointed CTO, Bhawna Sing, Weighs In On Her Imaginative and prescient


Glassdoor just lately announced the promotion of Bhawna Singh to senior vp of engineering and chief expertise officer. On this new position, she’ll lead and oversee all of Glassdoor’s engineering operations, the corporate’s web sites and cell platforms, along with its software program engineering, information platform, and machine studying groups.

Glassdoor CEO, Christian Sutherland-Wong, made his unequivocal assist clear, saying “Bhawna has demonstrated exemplary management in each position she’s held at Glassdoor and I stay up for working even nearer along with her. I’ve full confidence in Bhawna and Glassdoor’s engineering workforce as we work in direction of reaching our mission of serving to folks in every single place discover a job and firm they love.” 

I sat down (just about) with Bhawna to talk about what’s forward. 

Glassdoor: Congratulations, Bhawna! That is such an excellent alternative for you – and an unimaginable boon for Glassdoor. I’m certain you’ve obtained loads in your plate in the mean time, however how are you feeling total? 

Bhawna Singh: Thanks, Marielle. I’m humbled by the assist I’ve acquired from everybody as I tackle this position. It goes with out saying that we live in a altering world proper now, with extra workforce working remotely and unemployment on the rise. And personally, I imagine that in these altering instances, Glassdoor has an much more essential half to play. With extra adoption of working and interviewing remotely, the accountability falls on us to maintain this workforce knowledgeable of the corporate surroundings. We’ll proceed to construct on the office transparency we stand for whereas serving to our employers entice the appropriate expertise since workplace buildings, free meals or location won’t be a sticking level for everybody anymore. We have now a daring mission, and I’m excited to steer the engineering workforce as we attempt to construct and ship modern options to assist job seekers and employers at a time they want Glassdoor most.

Glassdoor: Are you able to inform me somewhat about your path to this position? 

Singh: I joined Glassdoor in 2016 to steer our Jobs Search engineering groups whereas additionally constructing out our San Francisco workplace with engineering and product expertise. Earlier than taking over the CTO position, I used to be main the buyer engineering and machine studying groups. Previous to becoming a member of Glassdoor, I used to be senior director of engineering at Ask.com, the place I led the search intelligence group that targeted on search, machine studying, information science, and platform companies. 

Glassdoor: Are you able to share your high three priorities for, say, the following three months or so? 

Singh: With COVID-19, our on a regular basis working surroundings has modified, and my first precedence is to grasp what extra can we do to assist our groups. We’re additionally on a path to innovate in our product choices for each our job seekers and employers. Responding to this pandemic itself, we rolled out options for our customers to assist climate the spike in unemployment by highlighting employers who’re actively hiring. An identical characteristic is obtainable for employers to mark themselves as “surge hiring” throughout COVID to assist them be extra seen within the search. At Glassdoor, we’re actively responding to the altering world we stay in, and I’m actively working with my engineering groups to make sure we’re arrange successfully to assist these wants with our product. Lastly, an overarching precedence for me is working with my engineering leaders to format our long run imaginative and prescient and plan, taking this modified working surroundings into consideration.

Glassdoor: Inform me somewhat about what resonates with you most concerning the mission at Glassdoor – and the way that interprets into motivation for you day in, day trip? 

Singh: Glassdoor disrupted the recruiting business by bringing transparency to the employment course of. The insights we offer to our customers by our information helps them make an knowledgeable profession determination. If we’re bringing transparency into the working surroundings of different employers, it’s only proper for us to carry ourselves to the identical bar. 

Transparency as certainly one of our values has helped us construct stronger belief with our groups and create an surroundings of open dialog. And when everybody understands the rationality behind each determination we make, rallying behind that call is a lot simpler. I really feel that is the rationale now we have made a much bigger impression on our smaller groups. There’s a purpose that Glassdoor as a model stands in direct competitors to the largest gamers in our business. When I’m trusted with some confidential data, whereas I really feel accountable to carry on to that data, I additionally really feel revered. 

Glassdoor: While you’re hiring somebody to your workforce, what are the highest attributes you search for in a candidate? 

Singh: Aside from the particular necessities for a task, we search for a candidate’s motivation for the position, capacity to collaborate with folks s/he’ll work with, actions they took in tough conditions prior to now, and the way working at Glassdoor can assist with their profession journey. I imagine it’s necessary that we consider by the interview course of the core worth the candidate will deliver to the workforce and the way we can assist the candidate’s studying and progress.

Glassdoor: What’s your greatest recommendation for advancing into a task like this? 

Singh: As a frontrunner, it’s key to take possession of your tasks and supply a clearly outlined imaginative and prescient and targets to the bigger workforce about the place we’re, the place we have to go and the way far we’re from the tip purpose. I additionally imagine it’s important to take a position closely in creating new leaders on the workforce in any respect ranges. Personally, I imagine in steady studying and evolving, which is why I worth the skilled improvement of all members of my workforce so deeply. I collaborate with my workforce to repeatedly assess what’s working for us and what’s not, so we are able to consistently evolve ourselves right into a extra environment friendly and engaged engineering group. 

Bhawna Singh holds grasp’s levels in software program engineering from San Jose State College and in pc purposes from Gujarat College, along with a bachelor’s diploma in electronics from Gujarat College.

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