Making a positive difference in people’s lives

Shalini Sugumaran, Account Operations Assistant Manager

Shalini Sugumaran is part of Philips’ growing Chennai hub. Her work is focused on enhancing our patient monitoring portfolio with the aim of improving the lives of thousands of people across the globe. 

My name’s Shalini Sugumaran, and I’m part of Philips’ thriving Chennai hub. Though I have not been a Philips employee for long, I am already proud to be part of an ambitious, creative and diverse team. We are making a real difference, and I cannot imagine working anywhere else.

"I chose Philips because I wanted to be part of an organization working hard to make a positive difference in the world. When I see the Philips name tagged on any product, I am delighted to say that it is my company." 

The work I am doing touches thousands of lives. I know that my efforts are contributing to a much larger picture; I am helping to streamline processes, and in doing so contributing to Philips’ aim of helping to improve the lives of three billion people a year by 2025.

We have a very young team working here, which means we have all had to become specialists in learning quickly. I love being kept on my toes and being constantly challenged, so this aspect of working at Philips really motivates me.

There are so many remarkable people working all around me, and it is amazing being surrounded by a team that is just as ambitious and determined as I am. Every day I connect with various individuals across several departments, and everyone is always willing to lend a helping hand or point me in the right direction. It is only by working together that we will be able to reach all of our goals.

"Everyone has the freedom to make changes and drive for improvement." 

It is a great feeling knowing that I can speak my mind. When making suggestions or commenting on operational processes, there are no right or wrong answers; everyone is given a voice, because Philips respects and values its employees and you never know who is going to come up with the next genius idea!

However, Philips life is not all about time spent in the office. There are numerous clubs, teams, social activities and organized events to ensure everyone has a strong work-life balance. There is running, trekking, cycling, film clubs, book groups; whatever your hobby, you will find likeminded people. Philips is all about caring for people, and that is definitely demonstrated in the way company looks after staff.