Crowe Spotlight on Raju Iyer, an operations leader in India and Crowe Cultural ambassador

Crowe Recruiting
| 7/12/2016
Raju Iyer
Raju Iyer (India) joined Crowe in 2013 as part of Crowe's combination with ExtOrg. Today, Raju is operations leader at Crowe IT Services Private Limited, our subsidiary in New Delhi, India. He helps build Crowe's team in New Delhi through day-to-day office operations and administration. Raju also helps his U.S. colleagues to better understand the Indian culture.

Q. How do you share the Indian culture with the rest of the firm?

A. We often share pictures from the country's many celebrations and festivals with our engagement managers and partners in the U.S. to help them better understand our culture and to help them feel a part of our team here in India. It also serves to remind everyone that we are a multi-cultural organization, which helps to add value to our people, our firm and our clients.

Q. What is India's biggest national holiday and how is it celebrated?

A. India is a land of many celebrations but Diwali, or the festival of lights, is our biggest and most important holiday. Diwali is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated in autumn between mid-October and mid-November. The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness and typically extends over a five-day period. Around the office, we provide our people with sweets, dried fruits and chocolates. Additionally, bonuses, while announced on July 31 as in other Crowe offices, are actually paid one month before Diwali. It's common practice with other organizations in India so employees can spend that money on their family celebrations.

Q. What would people be surprised to learn about you?

A. I love poems and I can even pen a few poems in my mother tongue, Tamil. I also do a pretty decent transliteration (to represent or spell in the characters of another alphabet) into English.

Q. Where in the world would you most like to travel and why?

A. I would love to explore more of India and just be part of nature.

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