Pros: big company, 9th in world ranking; steady paychek and fair benefits
Cons: colonial it bodyshop, owned by an overseas holding group with imperial mindset
This company is a hodge-podge of India- and U.S.-based IT bodyshops cobbled together by a subsidiary of a Pacific-based multi-billion empire of IT and telecommunication.
If you are a developer/BA/PM, then life here isn't any different from other bodyshops, where your soul and body (hence BODY-shop) are rented, by-hourly, to any billable clients, in – more... exchange for a steady paycheck and comparatively fair benefits.
At work, you essentially have two bosses: your client manager, and your manager from your immediate employer. Since you are not a true independent consultant, you often get treated as a second rate employee at workplace. If a client is a unionized place, then regular employees may look down at you as well. The compensation is a notch below industry standard. The bench policy is a standard two-weeks: once your contract assignment expires, you have two weeks to find another one, and then - sayonara. Obviously there is no job security whatsoever. Overtime is paid at client's discretion; if your project is behind schedule, you are expected to put in extra hours on your own, while keeping weekly total at 40 hrs sharp. Your peers are very knowledgeable, highly competitive and can be compassionate, if you happen to enjoy curry chicken. Lots and lots of H-1B's. Vacation policy is one week per year for the first five years; then it gradually increases over time. Work environment is typical for IT subcontractors: sharing a desk with two other programmers, or being tucked in basement on a multi-year project is not unusual. Working hours are determined by client schedule: if client has flexible hours, then you're ok as long as you submit a signed timesheet with fourty hours every week. If client has a strict attendance hours and punch-in/punch-out timecards, then thats what you will do. Turnover rate is a bit higher, but not sky high: the H-1B tend to stick around while waiting for their visa processing to complete; older workers ride into retirement. Management layer is slim; most HR functions are offshored; CxO-level officers have six digits salaries (most competitors have seven-digit ones). The company is currently 9th in the world in its line of business, and I do not see any reasons for it not to be 3rd or 2nd in the next ten years, through both organic and inorganc growth processes. It is not Google nor Amazon, bt it has been around for much longer than these two. – less