SOLshare: Breaking Workplace Culture Stereotypes

I applied, was interviewed and then hired by SOLshare. Do I think I made a right decision? The million-dollar question is to be answered.

As a “rational” marketing graduate in Dhaka, I or most graduates for that matter or so are either expected to join a marketing agency or a multinational company: Any other way would unquestionably make you flounder in your career trajectory. I, personally, however, proactively looked for companies which did well and did good at the same time, when one day a propitious advice to apply at SOLshare was graciously received. SOLshare which aims to dramatically change energy production and consumption, has a dramatic approach in transforming work-culture stereotypes as well.

SOLshare calls the first month of a new employee the “cushion period,” where you’re assigned with no particular task, and are, instead, encouraged to look into different departments while allowing yourself to gravitate towards tasks which naturally seem to beckon at you. If not that, you can just take your time to fit in, get to know your colleagues and just breathe. SOLshare does what other people don’t: It understands you.

Coming from a pure business background, when I first heard “solar,” I should tell you I almost went- polar (in directions). Did I think I could pull off a marketing position at a widely and wildly recognized blooming startup? I still don’t have the answer but my supervisor did- “Do what you think you would have done for your own startup.” This is how SOLshare tries to instill one of its core values- trust– within their employees: by actively instilling it within themselves.

As a company which thrives on constant innovation, SOLshare welcomes suggestions and criticisms with arms wide open. A hotbed of ideas, SOLshare encourages, coaxes and inspires you to constantly learn, if not give your best; do mistakes at first, if do anything. Highly flexible, the ability to control your time and the authority to act on your unique expertise are something SOLshare guarantees.

What’s far more surprising, or rather amazing is SOLshare’s take on inclusivity: It actually recruits people based on their merits, not on the razzmatazz of your educational background. If your qualifications vouch for you as an engineer, you ARE an engineer, doesn’t matter if you’re from BUET or AIUB. Is SOLshare breaking cultural stereotypes here, or is it being a trendsetter? Your call. For now, I’ll just answer the million-dollar question: Do I think I made a right decision? Or do I think I couldn’t have had made a better decision? I think, you and I, we both know.