What success looks like

COMMITTED

TO OUR COLLECTIVE

PURPOSE

Team members continually push towards achieving our collective purpose. They recognize that their individual efforts must fundamentally connect throughout the organization to achieve a greater impact. They are adept at working cross functionally and acknowledge the contributions of others.

ENTREPRENEURIALWITH A

LEARNER’S MINDSET

Team members are always questioning how it can be done better – “that’s the way it has always been done” is never the right answer. They are passionate, resourceful and resilient to setbacks. They believe in positively transforming people’s lives and careers through continuous learning. They inspire others to grow outside of their comfort zone.

AUTHENTIC &

CUSTOMER

CENTRIC

Team members never compromise integrity to achieve results. They support the customer and each other, and are constantly mindful of creating a positive customer experience both internally and externally.

ADAPTABLE & AGILE

Team members are innovative, creative and intellectually curious. They incorporate different perspectives into their thinking. They respond quickly and positively to changing demands while remaining keenly focused on how people learn and the learner experience.

 

CONFIDENT &

AUDACIOUS

ACHIEVERS

Team members hold themselves accountable. They take a data driven approach to determining achievement effectiveness. They are never satisfied with the notion of “It’s good enough.”

Spotlights

Bindu Vasireddy
Developer, PS HCM - Sr
Bindu Vasireddy
Bindu Vasireddy
Developer, PS HCM - Sr

Nashua, NH, USA
Start date: March 5, 2014

Why does your work at Skillsoft matter?
I work on the IT side of our Human Resource Management systems. I am always working on new and challenging requirements from the users. I also help troubleshoot problems, sometimes critical ones like Payroll which is always satisfying. Recently I designed and built a Vacation planning system from scratch which is being used by the European business units and soon to be implemented by Australia. I feel like an important part of the team working together for continuous improvement of the systems.

What about the culture at Skillsoft has allowed you to shine?
I consider myself to be very lucky to be surrounded by people who like to see me succeed. My managers are just amazing and very understanding. I feel like my work and inputs are valued.

Skillsoft encourages education of employees not only from their vast online offerings and certifications, but also have an education plan which I took advantage of and did my Master of Science in Business Analytics from UMass Lowell. Getting out of my comfort zone and going back to school helped me realize that I am good at learning new things. I cannot thank Skillsoft enough for that!

What is a skill, talent or hobby you have that most people don’t know about?
I love nature and hiking. I go for a walk through the woods with my dog for about three miles every day of the year, rain, shine or two feet of snow. I especially love it during the cold months since there are no bugs.

What is your personal motto?
Will it be easy? Nope. Will it be worth it – ABSOLUTELY!

Amy Cantin
Manager, Content Dev
Amy Cantin
Amy Cantin
Manager, Content Dev

USA Remote
Start date: January 22, 2001

Why does your work at Skillsoft matter?
My group focuses on book-type content—e-Books, audiobooks, book summaries, and industry overviews. These types of content promote learning and engagement to foster the concept of micro learning so busy professionals can ingest information in short snippets. I strive to make our content visually engaging, concise, and easy to read so it’s more approachable to learners. That matters to learners a great deal.

What about the culture at Skillsoft has allowed you to shine?
I’ve had the support of a terrific management team at Skillsoft. They have encouraged me to optimize my experience and background to produce quality content. I’m also lucky enough to have a devoted team that is always willing to go the extra mile to deliver results consistently. We’re able to develop custom content—our own Intellectual Property—which I find truly exciting!

What is a skill, talent or hobby you have that most people don’t know about?
I have a penchant for southern fiction, mainly focusing on the Carolina Lowcountry. Authors such as Dorothea Benton Frank and Ann Rivers Siddons are two of my favorites. Their books conjure images of ocean breezes and feel like a vacation.

What is your personal motto?
“Always have a plan—and a backup plan!” I use this maxim in my professional life as well as my personal life.

Krishna Kishore Yerra
Practice Lead, Consulting
Krishna Kishore Yerra
Krishna Kishore Yerra
Practice Lead, Consulting

UK Remote
Start date: January 27, 2003

Why does your work at Skillsoft matter?
I have been working in this company for the last 16 years, proud of the history of the company and the way it has evolved over a period of time. Our company has the best Talent Development and management platform delivered to world-class organizations to train millions of workforces across the globe to efficiently run their businesses and develop skills for tomorrow. I am proud to be a part of several of these global implementations from Professional Services team.

What about the culture at Skillsoft has allowed you to shine?
I had the opportunity to work with many colleagues across the globe; they are all very professional and helpful. I enjoy flexible working conditions and freedom to share your ideas based on implementation experience to get the product shape better.

What is a skill, talent or hobby you have that most people don’t know about?
Taekwondo red belt; I can cook a good Biryani 🙂

What is your personal motto?
Patience is very difficult but powerful, try it often and do what you just need to do.

Amy Gormley
Customer Success Ops Manager
Amy Gormley
Amy Gormley
Customer Success Ops Manager

Fredericton, NB, Canada
Start date: June 7, 2011

Why does your work at Skillsoft matter?
As a Customer Success Operations Manager, my work impacts both internal and external partners and clients. I have the privilege of collaborating with the Customer Success organization, leadership, along with some of our most strategic customers. Through innovation, standardization and automation, my team is able to bring creative, time saving solutions, tools and resources to the Customer Success organization; reducing the time required for them to prepare some common client engagement deliverables. This allows the Customer Success Managers more time to focus on strategically partnering with their clients to help drive program success, which they excel at!

What about the culture at Skillsoft has allowed you to shine?
The people are the best part of this organization! I have always worked in the online/adult learning space, but this is the first organization where I feel encouraged to be creative; I feel empowered to explore strategies and ideas to help progress my partnerships with clients. I feel fortunate that not only can I help other organizations upskill their employees, but I can upskill myself too! Having access to a world of learning materials is important to me – it helps me prioritize lifelong learning and continuous development. This company has helped me build confidence – through public speaking and delivering presentations, peer to peer discussions and collaboration, as well as facilitating training sessions; I feel valued and recognized, which allows me to shine!

What is a skill, talent or hobby you have that most people don’t know about?
I used to participate in competitive lip syncing when I was in junior high and high school. I am a terrible singer, so lip syncing seemed like a good option –apparently, I would still sing at the top of my lungs, on stage, all while trying not to fall during the choreographed routines. As it turns out, my rhythm was almost as bad as my voice 😉 All in all, it was a super fun experience and my team even won provincials one year!

What is your personal motto?
“Always be a First-Rate Version of Yourself Instead of a Second-Rate Version of Somebody Else” – Judy Garland.
This quote reminds me that it is ok to do things differently than someone else – and that being the best version of myself is a great goal to work towards each day. It is important to learn from others but remaining authentic and genuine to yourself is essential for your success.

Xuan Dong
Senior Software Engineer
Xuan Dong
Xuan Dong
Senior Software Engineer

Gainesville, FL, USA
Start date: August 29, 2011

Why does your work at Skillsoft matter?
To be able to help users improving in their work: learning new technology, seeking change, and see visualize the feedbacks in a quantitative way.

What about the culture at Skillsoft has allowed you to shine?
Mutual trust among coworkers, knowing each other is willing to walk extra miles whenever seeing worthy.

What is a skill, talent or hobby you have that most people don’t know about?
I do farming according to Florida weather: lettuce and carrot in winter, okra and luffa in summer (you only get two seasons in Florida)

What is your personal motto?
Stay focused on the best, and plan for the worst.

Manu Kumar
Director Product Management
Manu Kumar
Manu Kumar
Director Product Management

Hyderabad, India
Start date: September 6, 2016

Why does your work at Skillsoft matter?
My team and I are the bridge between the organizational business goals and the customer needs. Doing my job efficiently I am able to create value for the customer and hence better business for the organization. Solving problems for customers has a thrill like none other. Seeing the satisfaction when a customer has just explained a problem and recognizes that we have understood and will work towards a solution, is half the battle won for them. Also, I have heard from multiple customers that the way the SumTotal team engages with customers is way more deep that any other vendor they have seen. This creates loyalty from customers.

What about the culture at Skillsoft has allowed you to shine?
The open culture here enables me to exercise the right mix of creativity and execution to ensure that customers’ needs are met and we keep innovating to take the product and, by this way, the industry in a direction that will remain relevant in the future. This openness also goes a long way in helping me understand how other parts of the organization work and lends an eager ear to any suggestions that I may have to improve the value that we create for customers as an organization.

What is a skill, talent or hobby you have that most people don’t know about?
Though my current personal and job responsibilities leave me with little time, I love long distance motorcycling. I currently own a Royal Enfield Electra that has seen good days with me for the past 15 years. Most of the times, it helps me slow down and my flavor of meditation. The longest ride I have done is a 4000 Km ride over 20 days. My dream trip is to drive to Ladakh (high mountain desert area, known for the ancient silk route and Buddhist culture) from Hyderabad.

What is your personal motto?
I believe that if I give my best to whatever I am doing, I will be happy. If I am not having fun doing something, either I am not doing it right or it is not the right thing for me. I confess that it is a constant battle to ensure that inefficiencies to the lowest possible. Following this has ensured that I am able to pull through demanding and trying times.

Chris Weih
Customer Success Manager
Chris Weih
Chris Weih
Customer Success Manager

USA Remote
Start date: October 14, 2013

Why does your work at Skillsoft matter?
I have the opportunity to create/foster relationships and work to have Skillsoft/SumTotal be a trusted partner for our customers. I am able to lead, organize and connect the right people to provide solutions. We have tremendous resources and being able to make a difference in our customer’s initiatives/daily life, is very powerful.

What about the culture at Skillsoft has allowed you to shine?
I’ve been very fortunate to work with great teams and tremendous leaders. The “village” mentality has been essential in my development. I’m incredibly grateful and appreciative to work with such thoughtful, caring and helpful people. We have incredible people that are always willing to lend a helping hand.

What is a skill, talent or hobby you have that most people don’t know about?
I graduated in the top 14 of my class. That’s not a humble-brag, I had 14 students in my graduating class😊
What is your personal motto?
Work-“Everyone has a Story” = Be grateful, humble, respectful and take time to listen and understand.
Personal-“If you were a child, would you look up to you?”

Chanakya Sampath
Team Lead, Technical Support
Chanakya Sampath
Chanakya Sampath
Team Lead, Technical Support

Hyderabad, India
Start date: February 14, 2012

Why does your work at Skillsoft matter?
As a part of Customer Support team, I interact with customers every day. I understand their business need and help them use our application optimally. After a certain phase, customer support team is the face of the company, we are the brand ambassadors. Support team plays important role in customer retention. Managing customers is very tricky, one has to ensure consensus, keep them updated on progress, provide solution in timely manner and gain their confidence. Finally, the moment you crack a solution is the moment of happiness, when customer confirms resolution it is the moment of pride. To sum it up talking to a happy customer is what I look forward for.

What about the culture at Skillsoft has allowed you to shine?
Skillsoft/SumTotal has a unique DNA. It provides freedom, allows you to be innovative and that thrills hard working people. Finally when your hard work pays off, nothing like it! The work culture here, the team I work with, allowed me to learn many things. You will always find a person who can help you with anything.

What is a skill, talent or hobby you have that most people don’t know about?
I love cooking. It gives me pleasure to see people enjoy eating the food I prepare. Apart from this, I enjoy playing chess, table tennis, snooker. Through these games I learn strategies, planning and many more. My heart is out for carpentry, some successful projects so far – shelf, shoe rack and cupboards as well. Also, I am a nature lover.

What is your personal motto?
Be Good, do good, in all sense. I love the essence of Bhagavad Gita. It teaches you how one should conduct themselves in every circumstance. Explore it, you will know!

Brandon Luce
Principal Software Engineer
Brandon Luce
Brandon Luce
Principal Software Engineer

Rochester, NY, USA
Start date: July 21, 2014

Why does your work at Skillsoft matter?
I enjoy the engineering challenges working on Percipio and have had the opportunity to challenge myself and expand my skillset as a result.

What about the culture at Skillsoft has allowed you to shine?
There are two major cultural factors at Skillsoft that have allowed me to shine.

The first is that there are other Engineers here who have helped mentor me in my early days at Skillsoft. This mentorship was invaluable and contributed significantly to expanding my Engineering skillset. I’ve never been more confident in my skillset and abilities than I am now. I’m aware of what I’m good at and my limitations, I’ve been able to shine in areas that I’m strong at while working to grow my skills in other areas.

The second cultural factor allowing me to shine is flexibility in schedule. I’ve been able to start a family, as my son and daughter were born within the last three years. Being able to care for them while meeting work commitments has been challenging but not impossible. This cultural factor was critical in allowing me to not have to make a choice between family and work, I’m able to choose both.

What is a skill, talent or hobby you have that most people don’t know about?
Prior to my kids being born, I was really into skiing and mountain biking. With two small children and a full-time job, I haven’t been able to continue these. When my kids get older, I’m hoping to get back into these activities. In the meantime, I spend most of my free time nowadays video gaming. Mostly playing the game Rocket League competitively. I’ve recently reached the rank in Rocket League of “Grand Champ” which is incredibly difficult to obtain, as the rank is limited to the top 0.1% of active players in competitive. My new goal in Rocket League is to break a MMR skill rating of 1360, which would put me in the 100 ranked players in North America.

What is your personal motto?
I don’t really have any one in particular. There are a lot that I like. If I had to choose just one, it would likely be this quote from Babe Ruth: “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.”

I try not to let failure at any given task bring me down and instead try to see it for what it should be, a learning experience. Try again and on the next try, understand what set you back on the previous attempt to improve on this one.

Ankur Srivastava
Principal Software Engineer
Ankur Srivastava
Ankur Srivastava
Principal Software Engineer

Hyderabad, India
Start date: May 31, 2018

Why does your work at Skillsoft matter?
The good thing about Skillsoft is that it’s continuously striving to help people learn better. Which means the Product is being improved by adding new features.

One of the features that has been added is to make content from different platforms like Youtube, Wintellect, Coursera available to the users. Which helps people to learn from different resources. When I joined Skillsoft I got a chance to work on such integrations. And it makes me happy to see the kind of impact such features have.

What about the culture at Skillsoft has allowed you to shine?
Like I mentioned, Skillsoft strives to improve the learning experience of its users. Which means there are innovations happening to improve the Product. As an Engineer I get to work on some of the latest technologies to build those features and also collaborate with like-minded people. Apart from this we are encouraged to take risks which gives me confidence to experiment with ideas.

What is a skill, talent or hobby you have that most people don’t know about?
Probably that I am a junior black belt in taekwondo. I like to teach on Youtube and publish blogs as well.

What is your personal motto?
There is quote from Hamming – “As far as I know, each of you has one life to live. Even if you believe in reincarnation it doesn’t do you any good from one life to the next!”

I want to make the most of this life and also give back to the society in whatever little way I can.

Ron Reichert
Senior Account Executive
Ron Reichert
Ron Reichert
Senior Account Executive

USA Remote
Start date: February 1, 2005

Why does your work at Skillsoft matter?
First and foremost, I believe in a strong education and continuous learning. I believe those people that continually invest in themselves through continuous learning move the world. I have an opportunity to make a significant impact with employees and leaders in corporations to continuously learn and advanced their careers while advancing the goals of their company. My consultative approach allows my clients to bring in Skillsoft solutions that drive impact on the individual and company level.

What about the culture at Skillsoft has allowed you to shine?
Skillsoft’s team-based culture allows me to drive solutions that work at all levels within our clients. Our teams are comprised of top-notch experts that have a true passion for creating great experiences for our clients. In our agile culture, having a positive yet humble approach allows everyone to contribute and collaborate for the benefit of the client and Skillsoft – no one can know it all.

What is a skill, talent or hobby you have that most people don’t know about?
I love to push myself to try and learn new things. So, I have done things like bungee cord jumping, triathlons, written a book, and took race car driving lessons. Also, many people don’t know that I run long distance from 5ks to marathons and I love to play tennis.

What is your personal motto?
At work, it is “I sell integrity and throw in a product.” In general, my motto is “what you focus on expands” and the inverse is also true.