What led you to CSC Corptax?
After working as a software quality assurance tester in healthcare for several years, it was time to branch out. Growing up, I really enjoyed helping my dad at work with his accounts and cash flow, so learning the ins and outs of corporate tax at Corptax really appealed to me. It has proven to be a great move!
I’ve learned an immense amount about entity management, partnership, international, federal, and state returns, and provision. Corptax uses an advanced technology stack which exposes me to current technology and helps me hone my skills in a competitive industry.
As a Senior Software Test Engineer, I validate that the end-to-end flows of all functions of the applications work properly to ensure we deliver the highest-quality products to our customers.
What’s the work culture like?
I get the opportunity to learn new technologies, and management really supports me. They believe in their employees and encourage us to further our training, learn new skills, and grow within the company. Plus, work-life balance is supported, flexible schedules are encouraged, and working remotely is an ongoing option.
What lessons has your work life taught you?
People are more important than day-to-day project issues. They make up the team that achieves goals, meets deadlines, and overcomes issues that may emerge. So building quality relationships is the key to project success.
Who is someone you admire and why?
My dad. He taught me everything from swimming to driving a car to how to deal with all situations, good and bad. When I was growing up, I used to ask why he was teaching me all of these things. He told me that someday he will not be here, but he wanted me to be able to survive in any situation and be independent. He taught me how to smile through good times and bad, to love and help people, and to be daring and unafraid. He’s no longer with us, but his blessings are always with me.
Flash back to 10-year-old Bharti. What did you want to be when you grew up?
I always wanted to be a surgeon. However, I developed a passion for numbers when helping my dad with his sales accounts. When I saw an opportunity to pursue a career with a tax company, I was more than happy to pursue my passion once again.
How would you describe your relationship with your manager?
In addition to people management and task delegation, our managers have strong technical skills. This is a huge bonus because I can reach out to my manager for support on technical issues. We have an open and supportive environment, so I feel very comfortable seeking advice.
What’s one thing you’re learning now, and why is it important?
I wanted to learn and understand Angular because our web application is built in this framework to give clients the feel of working in a native application. So I took courses in Pluralsight, an online tool that provides training and skill-building classes for technologists, (we all have a free subscription). I am also reimbursed for other outside training. The encouragement and support for continuous learning is something I find valuable for myself and for our company.
What’s something—big or small—that you’re really good at?
Being adventurous. When I first came to Chicago in 2010, I wanted to experience flying like a bird, so I went skydiving. I also viewed the city from above in a helicopter ride. I recently learned how to ride a motorcycle and have participated in mud runs where I cleared all the obstacles. I am always interested in trying new things in life.
Are you involved in any volunteer work?
Yes, I meet with cancer patients and keep them entertained with my funny stories. I’ve also been teaching them some Indian dance steps – anything that will take their minds off what they’re going through and give them some happiness. Giving back is important to me, just as it is to our company.