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Goodbye TCS!

Updated on February 8, 2013
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I am probably one of the very few who thinks about quitting job on the first day in a company as a fresher! Yes, I wanted to resign the day I joined TCS! I was determined to get the hell out of the I.T. Giant after serving my 2 years bond period after saving as much as I can, money being the sole reason for joining the company!

Training period was very much enjoyed by me in Trivandrum, I mean, the time outside office! Second phase training luckily brought me back to Chennai. Everyday was filled with agony and boredom in the second phase, the thought to quit increasing everyday! Then came the blissful 5 months of "Benching" - employed and paid for no work, not even going to office!

The luxury of getting an intact pay-slip at the end of every month without going even a single day to office was just too much! Finally, I got into a project, which ended up being my first and last in TCS.

My mom always said, I never cried to go to school as a kid, but alas, here I was, 22 year old and crying (literally) everyday to go to office. The honest truth is, my project treated me quite well, in fact, better than how my close friends' projects treated them. When they used to slog hard even in the weekends, I was happy with just 9*5 job and most of the days even less than 9 hours.

I got good ratings, learned the art of team work, managing a team as a lead, diplomacy with clients and in particular how to effectively project yourself to everyone at the right place and right time! In spite of a very smooth and peaceful office atmosphere, I detested it from the deepest part of my heart! I always felt that this is not where I belong to. The only problem was, I did not know or found where exactly I belonged to!

Now after 3 years and 8 months, I seem to have found a place where I might actually feel a sense of belonging and job satisfaction. Yes, it is a risk in terms of salary and other benefits, but compromises ought to be made at any point. When the cost of living is soaring sky high, I have opted for a demotion in terms of money, but, as we all know, Money is not everything!

TCS has shown me what I want and what I do not want! It gave me opportunity to learn and analyze about myself. Most importantly, it taught me the art of Money Management when you have in surplus!

Now it is time for me to bid Goodbye to never ending tiresome bus travel, monotonous everyday, point-less meetings, treats at big hotels where I feel like a misfit, clients who behave like GODS, politics that get on to my nerves, hefty paychecks at the end of every month and all CORPORATE benefits in general! GOODBYE TCS!

I am taking a new birth as a teacher loading all my hopes and anxiety on the hands of GOD! Wish me GOOD LUCK!

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      Prasoon 5 years ago

      Bravo !

      Best wishes :)

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      Deepika Arun 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Thanks Prasoon! :)

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      Pratap 5 years ago

      Good to see you trying a different field, all the best.

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      Sinduja 5 years ago

      Yoohoo! - This is how I go every time I see a new post of yours. Your writing is so brutally honest and straight from the heart and that is what I love about it! All the best Deepika.

      Trust me, you are going to have the BEST time of your life. You are really lucky because you are going to be surrounded by fun, joy and innocence all the time. And of course, the great satisfaction of helping the kids. Enjoy! All the bad times are over. Teaching is easily THE BEST job in the world. - from, an ex teacher ;)

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      Archana 5 years ago

      That was well said. But i do remember a Deepika who one had once advised me about taking up the campus job, when i was all confused about taking up the job :-P

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      Arun ks 5 years ago

      Best wishes!!

      Paint it to your satisfaction!..!

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      Deepika Arun 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Thanks Pratap!

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      Deepika Arun 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Thanks Sindu! :)

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      Deepika Arun 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      @Archana: Yeah true, I took ot up too for the salary part! Accepted! :)

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      Deepika Arun 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Thanks Arun! :)

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      S.Venkatesan 5 years ago

      So many toils you were suffering. Now have you come to an end?

      All the best wishes.

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      Sanath Nair 5 years ago from Kochi,India

      Dear Deepika,

      You must have heard the famous quote "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life".

      Its nice that after almost 3 years you have learned that money is not everything in life. But it took me almost 7 years to realize it. Anyway, I too have changed my job only for satisfaction, career growth, responsibilities, social status. And luckily, my new employer offered me a package far above the current one. So indeed I am lucky.

      I can understand how pathetic you will feel to hang around with a job which you don't like. Anyway, its good that now you have taken a decision towards self satisfaction.

      All the best...

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      Visshnu 5 years ago

      Your blog had an impact!!!

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      Disillusioned 5 years ago from Kerala, India

      Crisp! All the best.

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      Deepika Arun 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Thanks Visshnu!

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      Deepika Arun 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      He he! Thanks pa!

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      poojasd7 5 years ago from India

      Wah! I can relate to this hub so much! I had a similar experience in Infosys! When I quit it to pursue what my heart felt(the last date was 12th Nov 2010), the journey has been filled with contentment which you hardly find in the service sector of an IT job!

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      Deepika Arun 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Hi Pooja,

      Nice to see someone with a similar viewpoint! :)

      Cheers,

      Deepika

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      PRITISH 4 years ago

      Hey nice to see your Blog.

      I just wanted to ask what are you doing now and currently for which company you are working now?

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      Deepika Arun 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      @Pritish: I am working as a teacher in a Chennai school :-)

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      Abhik 4 years ago

      I'm studying BE 4th year student in computer engineering, have placed at TCS. So, I just have opened internet ,try to find out about TCS pay scale.Because I always think that money is most important thing for survive and status itself for life..

      But,madam, suddenly I have opened your blog and read it...Now I'm feeling , my earlier life definition was totally wrong...

      Thank you,Mam,for teaching me ..I try to remember you in my rest of the life...

      Goodbye(sister)..

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      Deepika Arun 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      @Abhik, glad that you stumbled upon my hub. All the best to you for pursuing your passion and wish you get what you want in life.

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      Disillusioned 4 years ago from Kerala, India

      @Abhik,

      It is extremely gladdening to see an youngster like you to keep your eyes open and dare to think differently when a different perspective is shown to you! All the best for finding your right path and treading ahead of it boldly at one day.

      @Deepika,

      I am glad this blog has served its purpose.

      Namah Shivaya

      C.V.Rajan

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      Anonymus 4 years ago

      Same story goes here. Joined TCS for financial security. Trained in development. But put to project which was worse than a telephone call center. Finally after 1.3yrs resigning from TCS. Going to a small workplace where i get to learn from my work and not from some meaningless meetings and greedy workforce

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      Deepika Arun 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      @Anonymous: That's great to hear!

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      radix 4 years ago

      It is great that you have the guts to follow your passion.. but some people like me ..still can't do it... just because money is everything until you earned good enough to say that it's not.. :(

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      Deepika Arun 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      @radix: You are absolutely correct! Money is everything until you earn good enough, but what is the exact limit for good enough? Find that and I am sure you will realize money is not everything even though you don't reach that limit!

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      Disillusioned 4 years ago from Kerala, India

      Actually money is everything only as along as we keep a mindset (which seems to be pre-programmed like that in most of our psyches) that money is everything! It is not truly connected to any limiting figure.

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      Rubanraj 4 years ago from South India

      Bold decision! Welcome to Teaching fraternity. You are honest and smart.

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      Wellwisher 4 years ago

      TCS took care of your medical expense (foolish company to take care even when on Bench)..

      TCS gave you a caring partner..

      TCS gave you the status..

      You do not care about money because your hubby works and earns..

      indeed bold to write this blog. Not sure if you have read the small font agreement which you signed during offer about defamation

      IT is boring & monotonous. No disagreement. You have lots of options to choose within the company.. You are not forced to do any in the world.

      Would have been bold if you rejected the offer during college. Would have given some one a job and helped his financial up-lift..

      Best luck in teaching. Might get bored after 3 years.. That's human mentality.. Small advice.. Donot comment on your employer. Think about daily coolies. They do lots of hard work than teaching and paid nothing.

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      Deepika Arun 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      Wellwisher, you seem to have read between the lines in my hub and seem to have extra knowledge about me but the sad part is your comments did not seem to be very relevant for my blog because I don't think I have defamed tcs in anyway, in fact I have written only what I have learnt from it and what I did not understand. Why don't you reveal your true identity, anyway that you're my wellwisher.

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      shivam dhar 4 years ago

      Hey didi!!!! I want ur little help????

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      Deepika Arun 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      @shivam: If it can be done by me!

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      Nisha 4 years ago

      All The best :). Njoyy ur life dear.. Nice blog.

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      Rakesh 3 years ago

      Awesome writeup.. Keep going..Hope you are enjoying new job role.. :)

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      Deepika Arun 3 years ago from Chennai, India

      @Rakesh: Thanks! :)

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      Frustated 3 years ago

      Hello mam m also working in tcs or u can say doing nothing as on bench.m so frustated,lonely,far from home.everyday m missing my family more and more.no day i wake up happy and suffering so many health problems..i just forget the meaning of happiness.i want to free from this jail.what should i do?? please give me suggestions...

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      Aditya 3 years ago

      Oh my God! I'm going to join TCS next month! I guess I'm dead.

      Anyway, a nice post. Enjoyed reading it.

      I might follow your footsteps sooner or later. ;)

      Thanks for the post :)

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      Deepika Arun 3 years ago from Chennai, India

      Hi Karthika,

      Thanks for your comment! I have no regrets whatsoever! Since I joined a school, the pure love and affection from the children cannot be equalled by anything!

      Good luck with your decision! Let me know if you need any help, I will try my best!

      Cheers,

      Deepika

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      Deepika Arun 3 years ago from Chennai, India

      @Aditya,

      Good luck! :)

      Cheers,

      Deepika

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      Deepika Arun 3 years ago from Chennai, India

      @Frustrated:

      I am not an expert to give suggestions but this is what I would say - Follow your heart!

      Decide what you want in life and what you want to do - that will give you answers for all your questions!

      Good luck in your quest! :) Let me know if you need any help, I will do my best! :)

      Cheers,

      Deepika

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      sriram 3 years ago

      loved it

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      Deepika Arun 3 years ago from Chennai, India

      Thanks Sriram!

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      Deepika Arun 3 years ago from Chennai, India

      Hi Karthika,

      The way I went about is, I sent my resume by mail to many ICSE and CBSE schools in Chennai. Only a couple of schools actually replied as most schools look out for "QUALIFIED" teachers in terms of the degree - B.Ed!

      I would suggest you do the same too in your city. Do mention about how passionate you are towards teaching! It helps!

      Cheers,

      Deepika

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      sudipta 3 years ago

      you've taken a great decision.

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      Aravind 3 years ago

      Hi Deepika,

      People like you are a sort of inspiration to us...

      all your thoughts are exactly matching to mine also....

      hope in the future i will find my dream also...

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      Deepika Arun 3 years ago from Chennai, India

      Thanks Aravind!

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      Deepika Arun 3 years ago from Chennai, India

      Thanks Sudipta!

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      Deepika Arun 3 years ago from Chennai, India

      Hi Karthika,

      B.Ed can be done only if you have 2 years teaching experience and you should be currently working as a teacher. Approximate pay will be 15k when you join. It totally depends on the school. Try CBSE and ICSE schools. They are the ones who probably will take you in.

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      Abhijit 3 years ago

      That's wonderful. Hope you are doing nice wherever you are. Good that you listened to your heart.

      Its very inspiring for me, so am on your path now. Only difference, I am still in Tcs :(

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      Deepika Arun 3 years ago from Chennai, India

      @Abhijit: Thanks! Wish you all the best to pursue your dream!

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      Subha 3 years ago

      Hello Deepika,

      I have a very similar experience as yours in the same company with the same duration of work experience.I love teaching to the core. It would be great if you could point out some institutions where I can apply and if you knew any openings regarding the same, it would be really helpful

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      Deepika Arun 3 years ago from Chennai, India

      Hi Subha,

      I applied to almost all CBSE and ICSE schools in Chennai and got selected in one of the ICSE schools. I am not sure of the openings. Try applying and you should be able to get through! All the best!

      Cheers,

      Deepika

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      Divya Ganesan 3 years ago

      all the best Deepika. Lighten the life of your students like a candle...

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      Rishav Ray 2 years ago

      Hey deepika.....I don't know you but I felt exactly the same on the very 1st day of my joining in TCS. Never loved the training (training in Calcutta is the worst believe me), the HR dept. is the new level of lame, and I somehow managed myself into an "Internal " project. Interestingly the training I had and the work that project required is completely different. From the very 1st day I was expected to write big chunks of codes! 2 of us had a single cubicle and a single computer to work on.....and all of these reminded me everyday what happens if you do not pursue what you love and join the IT business for money. My boss literally scolded me everyday for not staying all night in the office!! He even asked me what have I studied previous night and even threatened me with bad reviews! and on top of everything.....the cherry on cake .....office politics!!! you can not call ANYONE a friend in that depressing pink office.....I was literally depressed and I had not even crossed 6 months.

      It took you 3 years to leave, but I was restless as I knew staying 2 years in IT would eventually mean closing down all opportunities in Core industry. So I took a big risk, and one fine morning ...when my boss was throwing his usual disgusting powerplay tantrums at me, I quietly replied,"I have already resigned sir. please check your mail" I was very nervous about my career at that point but the dumbfounded face my boss made was priceless.

      4 months I studied hard.....all of my earnings were lost in paying the bond money. My parents, though, always supported my decision. They somehow believed in me where I doubted myself.

      Finally I have a chance now to study what I love most...Embedded System. Only time will tell if I made a wise decision. But I will not regret my entire life for not taking a chance when I clearly needed one.

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      Banker 2 years ago

      I am a banker by profession. I came to TCS Siruseri. Such a beautiful blend of steel and glass. Nearly 30000 people eat lunch in four hours all through a huge food court. but no humour no laughter... no fun...

      the people having fun and enjoying were we and a few admin related workers...that day I decided to put my daughter into a field of her choice as well...commerce...good bye to IT/engineering forever....I enjoy my job...particularly helping out people from financial difficulties...being kind to them even when I could not help...there are lot of difficulties in my job...especially because of the poor software turned out by IT industry..which makes us sweat hours on for nothing...still I thank God for having given me the job of a Bank Manager ..amidst all chaos....for having been of use to people at large.

      good luck Deepika.. Teaching is a great profession.. continue..enjoy...

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      Sravani 2 years ago

      Hai Deepika

      I joined TCS last month through a campus interview . I am from power systems background with this virtual training I was down the confidence could not able to clear the diagnostics and falling into remedials then to lap . I would like to quit from this job and go for teaching profession . Can you suggest me how to quit.

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      Ruchika 2 years ago

      Hie mam

      Really well written ma'am :) am also joining TCS yes for salary indeed :p hope I also sonner or later will be able to follow my heart . Really it needs a lot of courage to. Quit everything and just do things what your heart says. You r an inspiration for me ma'am :) best wishes for new phase of your lyf ..:)

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      SRINIVASAN 2 years ago

      Hi Deepkia,

      All the best for pursuing your passion. I was employed with TCS and went through similar emotions you wrtoe. ur blog is honest.

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      harshitha 2 years ago

      Hi iam harshitha, next week i have placement in my clg. i have few doubts. what is the bond period of tcs for a fresher? do i need to relocate? to where? and is dat only for training? are there chances of getting trained in bangalore? i hope you clear all my doubts..

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      Deepika Arun 2 years ago from Chennai, India

      Hi, I resigned from TCS almost 2 years back, so I am not very sure about the latest policies. During my time, the bond was for 2 years. Relocation totally depends - for training you can't have preference but for base branch they do give your option a preference. Good luck with your campus interview!

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      Deepika Arun 2 years ago from Chennai, India

      Thanks Divya!

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      Deepika Arun 2 years ago from Chennai, India

      @Rishav: It was extremely good to read your comment! Glad that you were able to pursue your passion! All the very best! Keep it going.

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      Deepika Arun 2 years ago from Chennai, India

      @Banker: Glad that your daughter has chosen a path of her choice! Thanks for leaving your comment here! :)

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      Deepika Arun 2 years ago from Chennai, India

      Thanks Srinivasan! :)

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      Deepika Arun 2 years ago from Chennai, India

      @Sravani: I am not really sure how I can help you. Please be more specific. All I would say is Dreams do come true, just that they take time!

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      Deepika Arun 2 years ago from Chennai, India

      @Ruchika: Thanks a lot! :)

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      Melvin Augustine 2 years ago from India

      Interesting Hub. I'm still trying to find my way out of the BPO industry. Took the 'brave' decision couple of times in my career. But there was no other industry which offered me a better pay. In fact no one considered my work experience to be valid. My search for a dream career is still on. Hopefuly I will live a 'normal human life' one day - viz, working in the day time and sleeping in the night and also getting a decent pay. Anyway, Hope you are enjoying your career now. Good luck!

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      farha 2 years ago

      Hi...Deepika...your post just gave me a pat...as I am in my bad times now...i am working for TCS for a year now...but right from the first day I had a feeling that I don't belong to I.T family....later I did get project , a domestic one....where it became more difficult for me ...as it had many politics and I was always burdened with work....now I had taken 2 months lwp to prepare for bank exams...now I even don't have sufficient lwp balance to apply...and don't wanna go back...but my parents want me to work there until I get another one....i have bank po interview few daz bak and not sure whether I would clear......please guide me

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      anand 2 years ago

      All the best

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      Deepika Arun 2 years ago from Chennai, India

      Thank You! Good luck to you too!

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      Deepika Arun 2 years ago from Chennai, India

      Hi Farha,

      Hope you cleared the bank interview! Keep trying and I am sure you will find your way. Good luck!

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      Deepika Arun 2 years ago from Chennai, India

      Thanks!

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      birabhadra 22 months ago

      I thought I was the only person of the same background experiencing the same problem. In my case it is Accenture. I have undertaken the jump already. Hope love wins this time.

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      SMJ 21 months ago

      I joined TCS, thinking it to be so many things as mentioned by other people on this forum. However, let me be absolutely candid here - it is a place for below average people, who are weak technically, who lack ethics and can easily compromise with their values and who fear proper competitive firms. As a result, after few years you find yourself in middle of highly manipulative and insecure people, who are not just incompetent but morally down as well.

      My advice to all young engineers is to work hard, target a smaller (even a start-up) company and do something good for their future. There is nothing left in 'Tata' name of 'Tata' Consultancy Services'. TCS is now good for BPO/BPS oriented people, not for engineers who want to solve problems, create solutions and make something good for their customers, their country or even themselves. Hard fact but absolutely factual.

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      Disillusioned 21 months ago from Kerala, India

      SMJ,

      I think your assessment is very candid and factual. It could be true for any other mammoth organization in India (or even abroad!) that had a glorious past, but still surviving and thriving. In these orgnizations too you will find some 10-15% sincere, committed, knowledgeable and no-nonsense people, who on account of some compulsions, mindset, or loyalty continue to remain and contribute. It is by their strength that the balance people thrive.

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      Anjali Nair 20 months ago

      SMJ, Right perspective. Thank you for sharing your experience and views.

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