Tell us a little bit about you.
My name is Ana Cristessa H. Nabuab. My colleagues call me AC. I am a Quality Assurance (QA) Analyst for the Global Document Production Team, supporting Health and Benefits for North America based in Manila, Philippines. After almost seven years into my career break and being a full-time mom, I decided to get back into the working world. WTW welcomed me with open arms and made me feel as though there had been no gap at all. I joined WTW as a contingent worker in September 2021 and was converted to a full-time colleague in December of the same year.
What was it like to join WTW after a career break?
To return to work after a career break was quite overwhelming. I had a lot of excitement and anxiety: it was definitely a rollercoaster of emotions!
I was a full-time mom for almost seven years and deciding to return to the corporate world was a real leap of faith for me, especially with not knowing what to expect and my fear of rejection.
I spent a long time looking for the perfect role, but then I got a phone call from WTW that made my heart jump, and I was offered the job as a QA Analyst. I enjoyed my time being a contingent worker. However, being converted to a full-time colleague meant achieving another career milestone for me.
Since joining, WTW has supported me in many ways. As a result, I have regained my self-confidence, eliminating all the fears that I had when I stepped back in to work.
How did you feel welcomed and supported by your colleagues when you joined WTW?
My colleagues at WTW welcomed me warmly. I was given all the support that I needed as I onboarded, complete with all the things that I needed to know about the company and the job role. In addition to this, there were a series of programs provided that embedded WTW’s company values that really resonated with me, not only as a WTW colleague, but also as an individual. It made me feel assured that there were a lot of opportunities for growth and development and that this is a great company to work for.
What is your favorite part about working at WTW?
My favorite part about working at WTW is how we, as colleagues, collaborate and work as a team to accomplish tasks. It has also made me realize that some things are much easier to accomplish when working as a team. I was shy at first, full of apprehension about myself; but in our team I am encouraged to speak out, participate and step out of my comfort zone. Everyone is encouraged to share their input and insight for every project. Day after day, I am encouraged to overcome my fears and be the best I can be. When I joined WTW, I was only able to meet my team virtually, but it was really fun, and it was great to be given the opportunity to work with a very hands-on, productive approach to tasks. As times are changing, I look forward to continuing to work and develop as a team in real life.
Do you feel WTW has an inclusive and diverse working environment?
The mere fact that I was given the chance to restart my career without judgment and was welcomed with open arms despite my long employment gap (which can be an issue for some companies), really gave me a sense of belonging. It gave me confidence that here at WTW, I am respected and valued, regardless of my age, my gender, my roles outside of work, or where I come from.
At WTW our teams are very diverse, allowing us to familiarize ourselves with many different cultures and to connect with colleagues all around the globe; I do not see or feel any biases at all. Here at WTW, our presence is more defined by our potential, what we can do and what we can contribute. For me, our diversity is what makes WTW a great place to work.
In what ways have you seen WTW live up to its company values?
We may have different personalities and perspectives, but our WTW values guide us to reach our goals and deliver quality output for our clients. Through collaboration and teamwork, we inspire each other to bring out the best ideas for every project assigned to us. Our work is fuelled with respect because we are encouraged to share and listen proactively. We are also provided with opportunities for professional development for us to always strive and commit to excellence because we value our clients’ trust, more than anything.
What I appreciate the most about being a WTW colleague is that the company values the importance of work-life balance. I feel like I am able separate my personal time and work with great encouragement from my superiors. We always look out for each other. Because of this, it makes me proud to be a part of WTW.