At Samsung, not a single month goes by without a corporate anniversary or milestone celebration of some sorts, as Samsung companies and offices – employing combined 280,000 – spread throughout nearly 70 countries around the globe.
Whether it’s a formal cocktail party or barbecue, organizers of such corporate events need extra creativity to make the day memorable and bring the staff together. Appreciating local culture and presenting a motivating theme are also an important but challenging part of the planning.
But when our colleagues at Samsung Engineering India got together on April 26, celebrating the company’s 5thanniversary, the event ticked all the boxes. Samsung Village is inviting you to take a peek into the fun and vibrant festival:
Samsung Engineering India is the first global engineering center of Samsung Engineering, established in New Delhi in 2006. Over the past years the company has grown quickly in scale and performance, employing 540 local engineers and winning several major projects.
But knowing each other and working as a single team has become increasingly difficult as the company expands. This year’s anniversary – also the parent Samsung Engineering’s 41st anniversary – presented a perfect opportunity for the long overdue get-together.
Early morning on the big day, about 450 employees of Samsung Engineering India were taken to a nearby sports complex by bus. They were divided into four groups and given T-shirts of different colors – white, green, orange and blue – which signify colors of the Indian flag and the blue Samsung logo.
Following the opening ceremony was a special session called “Team Vision 2015”. Twelve groups of employees presented their team visions with songs and short plays in a contest for creativity and talent. The participants surprised co-workers every second unveiling their talent for singing, dancing and acting that had been kept hidden.
The solo dancers drummed up the festive mood and became the office idol overnight. Perhaps one of the most applauded performers was the technical consultant Raghupathy Ramarathnam, who also happened to be company’s most senior member and yet boasted an unmatched energy and passion on the stage!
Participants were served not only entertainment but also food. The organizers prepared Indian delicacies and various seasonal fruits so everyone can enjoy – from vegetarians to Hindu colleagues on fast.
Then there came the team building games session, where all four-color groups competed in a series of fun games including laughter challenges, hoops-away and tug-of-wars. Everyone joined and united beyond their age, gender and titles at work. After all, the event’s overarching theme is “togetherness.”
“After a long while, all members of SEI got an opportunity to get together and know each other more,” says Subha Nair from the human resources, a member of the event organizing team. “It was interesting to see seniors and juniors really open up to each other.”
The heat of the all-day festival went on until the next day, with stories from the anniversary event at the center of the office chat.
With the music and dancing behind but a stronger teamwork at heart, our colleagues at Samsung Engineering India are now back to work and keeping up with hard work, designing and supporting construction of energy plants and industrial facilities. Just last week, the company won a $229 million polyethylene plant order from ONGC Petro Additions Ltd., Samsung Engineering’s 8th project in India.