RenuName: Renu
Title: Project Manager, Human Resources
Location: San Francisco
Education: BA in History and International Studies, Davidson College; MBA, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley
Program: Human Resources
I’m a project manager in the Consulting Services Group within Corporate Human Resources. I’m involved in both strategy and implementation. I work across three groups — Employee Relations, Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employment, and Employee Assistance Consulting.
The program taught me how Wells Fargo works — its lines of business, how it makes money, the organizational structure and job functions. It also gave me a great platform to meet people in different functions and roles.

What are your career goals?

I really like the path that I’m on now. I’d like to get more exposure to our lines of business and how we make money, so I can be more effective as a senior HR leader. It’s hard to devise a policy if you don’t know the nitty-gritty of what people are working on. I want to rise up the ranks in HR, although there may be many stepping-stones along that path.

What are your hobbies outside of work?

Pottery, golf, biking, movies, music, Indian folk dancing. I’m also a foodie. Indian folk dancing is more whenever there’s a holiday or wedding. I go biking on the weekends or after work. Pottery is more seasonal—when I feel I’m going to have some downtime, I sign up for a class. And I like to cook on a daily basis.

Why did you choose Wells Fargo?

The rotational programs here are pretty coveted. They give you a lot of responsibility, and you get a lot of exposure. The fact that Wells Fargo had the rotational program told me the company considered HR as a strategic partner, rather than solely as a transactional role — which is something I confirmed in my interviews. Plus, Wells Fargo has a great reputation as an employer, and actively recruits women and minorities into positions at higher levels.

How would you describe your work/life balance at Wells Fargo?

It’s outstanding. Prior to Wells, I worked as a consultant. Work/life balance didn’t really exist. My longest day was 29 hours. I appreciate seeing daylight. In my group, there isn’t a face time issue, and it’s okay to acknowledge that you have a life outside of work. Wells Fargo supports team members as whole individuals, not just who they are as professionals.

What should students considering joining this program know about it?

They should have an earnest interest in human resources. The reason we have this program is to inject HR at Wells Fargo with strategic and analytic thinking, so they should bring those skills to the table. They should understand how having motivated employees translates into business success for the company.
Relevant military experience is considered for veterans and transitioning service men and women.
Wells Fargo is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran.
EEO is the Law