Get To Know Gartner: Meet Abhijit Gupta

abhijit-guptaName: Abhijit Gupta

University: Institute for Technology and Management, Chennai

Job Title: Director, Contributing Analyst

Office Location: Gurgaon, India

Describe your team in 25 words or less: A bunch of highly talented individuals embarking on a new journey to make their names as experts in specific domain areas they are working on.

Why did you choose Gartner? Gartner became my choice of company for three primary reasons:

  • My passion for doing research — Gartner provided me a platform to enhance my skills and ability in the area of research
  • Job stability — I like to stick to one company. Seeing that on average Gartner analysts have spent 15 years with the company really says a lot about Gartner.
  • Long-term focus — Gartner has a very clearly defined strategy that it is focused on and the way it has been growing both in terms of revenue and employees gives a strong base. And the brand value it carries in the market — being associated with Gartner gives me pride.

What makes Gartner a great place to work?

  • Multiple opportunities: Being a global company, Gartner gives you an opportunity to do quite a few different things/initiatives in addition to your regular role.
  • Flexibility: Gartner gives you the flexibility to choose your career path/roles that you love to do within the company. In my career, I have never seen such flexibility being given to employees by any company.
  • Culture: Work culture and environment is just excellent — you love to come to work every day due to the culture and people around.

Describe yourself in 3 words: Reliable, organized and patient.

Share a fun fact about yourself: One peculiar habit I have is to collect items from places I visit. be it a hotel or tourist destination or anything else —a notepad of a hotel, a match box of a pub, special-occasion movie tickets, memories of ‘firsts’ in my life, etc.

Describe your best employee. What unique qualities does he/she possess that makes them stand out?

  • Drive for results — constantly pushing analysts to get things done in the right way.
  • Collaboration & communication skills — Excellent communication skills with a collaborative mindset when dealing with Research teams — TMs, agenda managers and analysts.
  • Writing skills — Good at writing and adaptation to Gartner style of writing.
  • Domain knowledge: Good base of knowledge in the domain for which he/she works and focus on continuous learning to enhance that knowledge (doing their own research).
  • Understanding of current role: One can perform well only when they understand the role, so my best employee has that quality where he/she understand what needs to be done now and how they can progress toward their future role.

When interviewing a candidate, what are 3 things you look for?

  • Passion/zeal to do things in life — pursuing hobbies, etc.
  • Domain knowledge in the space they are going to work
  • Behavior/attitude — toward work as well as non-work-related things

Share a success story about your team: I had set up this team in Aug 2014 with 6 bright individuals aspiring to become analysts in the future from their current support role of contributing analyst. Within one year of being into the role, one of the team members got the opportunity to become an analyst through pure hard work and dedication. Key things he demonstrated was passion for work, positive attitude and zeal to learn everyday about the topics covered in that specific knowledge space.

What role does your team play in Gartner’s success? 

  • A great support role with the potential to deliver/publish highest-quality reports for Gartner clients.
  • Provide support to mainstream analysts with their domain knowledge, research skills and translating it into a well-written document. This saves analysts a lot of time that they can use for high-value work, including POCs, that gets Garner more business/clients.
  • A platform to get future analysts for Gartner with the benefit of getting a trained person on board and reducing the recruitment TAT

What are 3 of the most important responsibilities/tasks of your team?

  • Using their domain knowledge and continuously build upon it while interacting with analysts.
  • Complementing the domain knowledge by doing additional research to support what they believe is right or trends in that space.
  • Convert this knowledge into a well-written and impactful document for Gartner clients.

Why would a prospective candidate want to join your team?

  • Anyone who wants to be known or make his/her name as a domain expert in a specific technology area — Gartner is ‘the best possible opportunity.
  • This role is the base to start your journey for becoming an analyst — a stepping stone to a long-term career and success.
  • You have the opportunity to be part of Gartner Events and Symposiums — one of the best industry event experiences that you can get.
  • Biggest advantage — you get paid to be an expert in your domain space J
  • Gartner culture is fun to work in— collaborative and relaxed with lots of flexibility.

If you could describe your team dynamic in one word, what would it be? Collaborative

Favorite Quote or Personal Mantra: “We will either find a way, or make one.”

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