Saturday, October 06, 2007

GoodBye, IT

Oct 10th-Wednesday will be my last day in my current job. After 17 months of spending my work life in a premier IT company, it is time to bid adieu to it and move to the industry of my birth-banking. Well, the industry and company shift has been a relatively easy decision but not the change in location. Moving from Hyderabad back to Mumbai needs a certain mental preparation and I still need to prepare for it.

These 17 months have been a mixed bag, really, as it probably happens for most people. It gave me an opportunity to travel abroad (referring to 'abroad' as 'onsite' is a feel food factor and another exercise in branding) and work at unknown areas like pre-sales and direct client interaction.

It has given me enough time in hand to rethink my priorities both at the career and personal front. Now time is not something that was available to me in my previous job but it was plenty here except for a few hectic months in Kuala Lumpur.

I must thank my company for the excellent infrastructure and facilities provided. The canteen, transportation and other miscellaneous facilities (gym, swimming pool, book stall among others) are something that went beyond what the company promised to deliver to its employees. There may be a second opinion about this amongst many but I don't have any complaint at all about it.

But then there are things that go beyond all this, don't they? What about your nature of work? Considering the fact that most of us spend close to 10-12 hours daily at work, it is imperative that we feel good about our work. The remaining time is anyway spent in gossiping, entertainment and sleeping.

The inherent nature of the IT industry facilitates the creation of a large bench strength (something the Indian cricket team badly needs) but then bench management is no joke. This problem is more acute for laterals who keep comparing their nature of work with their previous job.

Having the fastest growing bench strength may sound good on paper but not necessarily so in real life. With a growing emphasis on global offshore model and a rising rupee, onsite opportunities may also be shrinking, adding to the chagrin of employees.

Most IT companies recruit en masse from colleges and have a huge fresher strength. It brings in a certain sense of camaraderie amongst them but this is not the case with laterals. With due respect to the freshers, I have felt that many of them are pampered (atleast in my company) and so, they have so many unreasonable expectations from the company. Look at the complaint boxes in these companies and you'd realise what I'm talking about.

Anyway, I did feel like a fish out of water here. One reason could be my natural aversion towards technology; that clearly slackened my willingness to adapt to work in an IT company. For a functional person like me, technology was only an enabler, not the driver which was at odds with my company philosophy.

On many an occasion, the client and I were at sync with each other but to explain this to technical folks was always a headache-the kind of things that happens when you have scores of people who have never thought outside data tables, Java and codes. Again this is understandable; after all, that is why functional personnel are recruited.

Working on onsite projects also means working with different sets of people and probably never meeting your boss, except when you have a concall to discuss your appraisal; contrast this with my previous job where my boss and I spent more than a month preparing my appraisal form. But with due respect to the company, I do not hold anything against it. The reason for this amicable split is just that my vision and that of the company are different.

Whenever you leave a company, people keep congratulating you and for all such people, the only thing I have to say is there is no dream company. Maybe I'm just too cynical, but simple reasoning says that if I were to love my job, my company would not need to pay me. The pay is the reason we are all sticking to jobs we want to run away from. Knowing myself, it may not be long enough before I get tired even with that job and start cribbing. So, no false hopes for me.

Finally, moving out of Hyderabad and abandoning a life with zero costs currently (advantage of staying with parents) and throwing myself into the din of Mumbai life may not be everyone's idea of progress and I agree. Parents obviously do not understand but then we can't explain all decisons to them, right? After all, gut feeling decisions are best left unexplained.

Hoping that Mumbai will be kind enough to me to ensure that I have a decent piece of real estate for stay, at an affordable price, when I land there in less than 10 days time. And for my Mumbai friends, please open your doors and keep inviting me for dinners; my culinary skills are extremely suspect!!!


  1. Aww!
    ThAts great!
    BEsties for the new job, new place and fresh life!!

  2. welcome home for dinner .. any time...

    when are you arriving.. where are you going to put up. ???

  3. Wish you Good Luck for your new assignment.

    Hope I am the 1st to invite you (though you do not require any invitation), my doors are open for you.

    I have also spoken to the Estate agent, you can come over so that we can also go around house hunting.

  4. Arriving on Sunday morning or Saturday night..

    Staying at friend’s house for a few Goregaon…till I get an accommodation..

  5. Hey.....dont worry....we'll find a house for u at Goregoan....u come over & by that time, my exams will also be we'll have all the time.

    C ya soon.


  6. Nice one.... All the best for your future endeavors... The best line was "The pay is the reason we are all sticking to jobs we want to run away from."

    But dude no company pampers anyone its just that the fresher think they are……

  7. Hey man

    Like u talk too much u also write too much...

    But you have written nice blog, explaining everything that u feel.

  8. Hi Pradeep,

    I know few people of the sort you describe - who landed in IT landscape either chasing money or just because some unknown force choose them to do it.

    In your case I think you were experimenting with your career a bit to get a feel of how it is like to be in IT industry... I think you have done the right thing by switching the job that you did not enjoy.

    My cousin who was taking care of bio equiment sales of a big Indian MNC switched to their IT division. He is dead bored and cannot subscribe to the work paradigm there.. He is on the verge of quitting and going back to his home industry/profession.

    But the bottom line is that, as long as you do not enjoy what you are doing it is difficult to stay back and continue in the job... I know lot of people crazily passionate about software and enjoying every bit of their work... probably you would have seen these kind of folks among functional managers also.

    Wish you good luck in your new enterprise. Mumbai is beckoning...

    Your blogs are joy to read irrespective of whether someone subscribe your views or not. keep posting them.

  9. Thanks, Nidhish...Nice when people actually go through what is written and respond...When people actually reply or respond, it gives you the incentive to continue writing!!!!

    Hope to see you at Makku's wedding...

  10. A well managed blog is all i can say for your blog. Also came across your last day from a friend of mine as a mail forward.
    I wish you all the best for your future endeavors.

  11. A reader from Singapore here. I have always respected Indian nationals for being articulate and having great grasp of English, and your blog reinforces that belief. Really, all you you would make excellent novelists! Hope you have fun in your new journey, and please do continue writing!

  12. Hi. Must say that you have expressed what most of us in an IT enabled company in infy feel. There are many reasons for people to stick around here. Some dont like working, some find the package much higher as compared to what freshers get in other industries etc.

    Seeing the other side of the coin(In terms of IT as an industry), few might feel that IT gives freshers an internatinal exposure that very few other industries can give so soon.

    Anyways wish you all the best for the future.

  13. Vaibhav,

    Thanks for the wishes. I see that my exit mail has done more for ne than my work in the company so far..:)

  14. @Anonymous-1: Thanks for stopping by. We can claim to have a decent enough understanding of the nuances of English, saying anything more than that will be too much of a pompous assertion.

    @Anonymous-2:Thanks for the wishes. I agree about the international exposure but these may be shrinking in future as Indian IT companies start their units outside (eg. Mexico, Phillipines) to leverage the cost advantage there. Anyway, there is no lesser or greater industry; when the environment is friendly, industries will thrive.

  15. Hi Pradeep,

    I remember reading your last mail in the company. To tell you the truth it was the best and the most earnest one I had ever come across.

    I recollect telling my friend about your mail appreciating you for speaking your heart out without really offending anyone.

    Today I got a mail from that same friend with a link to your blogging space. :)

    I did go through a few posts...each one of were heartfelt!

  16. Thanks, Anonymous. It is encouraging to receive such comments. When people remember you even after you leave the company, it is a genuine feel good factor. Would be happier if you'd put in your name rather than being an anonymous blogger.

    Hopefuuly, my blog will continue to provoke such thoughts even in future...