benefitexpress January 21, 2021 6 min read

Standing Ovation Award: Pallav Deshmukh

A Standing Ovation is a special reward program at benefitexpress that honors employees who have gone above and beyond in fulfilling our Community Pillars. Nominations are submitted by fellow peers, and are tallied, read and carefully considered before being awarded at our company-wide 'Town Hall' meetings each quarter. Each award is read aloud by our chief operating officer to highlight just how much the winners have done to deserve the recognition—and when their names are finally announced, we rise to our feet in applause (now done virtually, of course)! In addition to this recognition, standing Ovation Award winners also receive $2,500.

Our sixth Standing Ovation Award goes to Software Developer, Pallav Deshmukh. Pallav’s strong leadership skills and immense knowledge of our system have been a great asset to our clients and the benefitexpress team.

Please join us in celebrating his win and keep reading to learn more about Pallav.

Meet Pallav

Pallav has been working as a Software Developer at benefitexpress for almost two years. He initially joined as a contractor and was converted to a full-time employee in November 2019.

A day in the life

Pallav begins his mornings as a Software Developer by working on his assigned sprint tasks and coordinating with team members to work out solutions, debug code, etc.

Twice a week his team has meetings to discuss sprint planning, identify best practices, and discuss alternative approaches to solutions.

Later in the day he creates “change request” or “pull request” statuses for completed work and sends a request for code to review to lead and team members. After implementing code review comments and pushing changes for overnight deployment, he ends his day by reviewing code changes made by other developers and suggesting code enhancements.

Creativity and teamwork lead to success

Pallav’s motivation comes from the feeling of accomplishment he gains by analyzing complex business problems and coming up with creative ideas to develop a user friendly, scalable, and optimized solution for them. His favorite accomplishments include successfully completing and meeting the deadline for the V5-EmployeeEditor project and delivering lots of work for PCP and the CSA Automation project.

He likes that the company is going through a transition phase where it plans to offer much more software enabled services, which makes him believe benefitexpress is a great place to work and be recognized for your efforts.

Pallav also enjoys working as a team to achieve a common goal. He knows his background in software development prepared him for his role and enabled him to relate to the benefitexpress business and use its technology to serve its clients. He says he looks forward to being a valued contributor to the company, but based on his recent Standing Ovation Award, we say he has already achieved that goal!

Opportunities for growth and development

Pallav says benefitexpress culture is collaborative, transparent, and diverse, with leaders that are visible and accessible. He adds the company’s long-term employees are a strong indicator that employees are happy and offered continued opportunities for professional growth by their leaders.

Pallav has added an incredible amount of value to our company, thanks to his industry knowledge, ability as a leader, and commitment to his work and teammates. But don’t just take our word for it!

Here are candid quotes from Pallav’s nomination:

  • “His sense of accountability for, and ownership of, his work is nearly unrivaled, and he does whatever it takes to deliver on our team’s commitments. And he does this all with a smile on his face.”
  • “He guides his team members, contributes valuable input on design and process improvements and delivers creative and elegant technical solutions for otherwise complex scenarios.”
  • “He is always open for questions and clarifications. He is always the first to jump in and respond.”
  • “He is an excellent example of what benefitexpress looks for in a Developer and in a team member.”

This type of amazing feedback from the employees at benefitexpress shows just how deserving Pallav is of the Standing Ovation Award.

Congratulations again and thank you for all you do!

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