Saturday, October 30, 2010

Predictions modified to near perfection

Thank you all for reading my blog and providing so much feedback. Just to share with you all, the number of visitors to this blog now is about 10,000 daily from all across India and even from other countries. Coming back to the article, there had been some changes in the logic of both the codes and now hopefully the results would be more accurate. Thanks again for your immense feedback that helped me do it. Now you can predict your TCS joining date and predict your ILP score with better accuracy.

With the increased number of joinees over the next few months, the joining of the candidates would be something to watch out for. This small tool would hopefully be of some benefit to the thousands who would be waiting for their turn to come. The market is gleefully looking up after a really long period of time and no doubt all companies are on a hiring spree.

The fact however remains that the scenario will continue to be good as long as a fair percentage of the total workforce continues to be utilized and is not at bench.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

First few days at TCS ILP

This is an article by Satyajeet Naib.

You may find few blogs about experiences of people in TCS during their first few days....But this one is different becuase I dont want to show off my vocabulary and I have written this while undergoing the ILP....And for the TCS faculty, Nisha mam, Liza mam, & Nandita mam,(Oops coudnt "unlearn" the habit of calling you "Mam" but respect doesnt cost money...) I know you are reading or will read this...I hope I am not misrepresenting the facts as you had complained about the other blogs...and for other readers, the TCS faculty at the ILP centres too read these blogs...Hope you all find this a good read...

I was wasted with choices about which information to share with you first....but I finally decided to go step by step....Lets start with what you need to prepare before joining...First of all make sure you study hard, join tuetions, and have a clear understanding of the basics of all popular languages(Or the ones they mail you with) so that you are not blank during the first few days...

TCS unlike other competing companies has a hell lot of documention and formalities at the time of joining...Dont wait for your date of joining, make sure you start acquiring all these documents and marksheets as soon as you recieve your offer letter...The joining letter annexure would mention in detail what all documents you need...Mind you, if their is even a small discrepancy in your documents your appointment will be put on hold...

After I was done with documentation & teary parting speeches, I left my place (Nagpur) on 28th June 2010 at 4am in the morning by Kerala Express(One of the only 2 direct trains from Nagpur to Trivandrum)...Found lot of friends at the railway station but still was dissapointed not to find any of my branch mates in the same bogie as the journey was of 37 excruciatingly long hours...But had an AC 3 tier ticket and some known faces in the same bogie which made things a bit bearable...

Our train reached Trivandrum central station at 3:30 pm the folowing day...I had a lot luggage and the station has no ramps for dragging the luggage...only stairs...After much effort we guys managed to find a lone cab driver who could speak few words in English and after much bargaining he took us to our respective hostels at 100 Rs per person...I was alloted a private hostel which is hired by TCS called Mohanam...All 3 hostels viz. Peepul park, Kenton Liesure Executive hostel, & Mohanam are in Kazhakuttom which is 18km away from Trivandrum city...

At the first sight of the hostel, my first reaction was "Accomodation cant get any better"...My second reaction was "Oh shitttt", no hot water for bathing, frequent power cuts, acute water shortage & worst of all, the care taker here cannot speak either hindi or english...But bieng students of a goverment college, we were used to bieng screwed...A silver lining to the cloud was that we were allowed to chose our room mates and there was a fridge, a good purifier and a TV for every 6 people. 9 of us, 3 from electrical & 6 from electronics branch where alloted the Mohanam hostel. After a little bit of shuffling, we settled in our rooms. I took a room on the first floor. We got fresh and made straight for the market and nearby areas and found out all the good hotels in the vicinity.

Mind you TCS makes no arrangements for your food. We tried each place and concluded that these are the best hotels around...The Punjabi Dhabba(On Kovalam/Kanyakumari road, and closest to Mohanam), B6 inn(plush but no so good), Geethhanjali)(Also very near to Mohanam). The rates are very good at all the hotels and both Veg and Non Veg food is readily available. TCS provides "Sodexho" meal coupons a while after you join which are accepted in any hotel that you can find...I had never lived in hostel before, so, it was a bit diificult for me to get used to walking few kilometres each time you need to eat something...
After dinner and little exploring in the market we came back to the hostel at 10 pm in the night and went to dreamland with the dread of getting up early next day and the nervousness about the first day of our corporate lives...Do read the part II of this blog for my experience of the first day at TCS...And do post your comments and querries, they are most welcome....

Let me remind you guys that if you are not ready to commit yourself 24x7 to your job, then TCS is not the company for you. I had been warned beforehand by many so I was mentally prepared.

So it was 5:30 in the morning on 30th June 2010 when I got up (with the help of 3 different alarms and few presses of the "Snooze" button). Everyone else at the hostel was asleep but I wanted to have enough time before leaving for the bus stop to make sure I haven't missed anything. The TCS bus arrives at each of the hostels at 7:30 am in the morning and its a hard time getting ready in full formal clothing so early in the morning given the fact that there is no hot water for bathing. And the dress code being so specific i.e. formal shirts (solids, checks, pinstripes), formal trousers. And yes the neck ties are compulsory. Girls have a lot of options but not boys...Friday is a relief from the dress code but again, you cant wear anything flashy or with messages on it. (I really wanted to try my Tshirt which said "I am the guy whom ur mom warned about" or the one saying "I can CODE serious shit" lolzzz)

If you get dressed wrongly or forget to shave, they send you back to the hostel and you lose a days pay. Some how we got ready on time and reached the main gate of the hostel where the bus was supposed to arrive.( The hostel warden though unable to understand our language came to see us off everyday and would phone ans scold the bus driver if he ever came late.)

When we first set our eyes on the approaching bus, we all asserted, "not worthy of TCS" at almost the same time. We were only 24 people and it did not have space even for such a small group. We were already pissed off due to the fact that we had to reach the campus almost 1 and a half hour earlier. The TCS Peepul Park & Bodhi Park campuses are located in an IT park Called "Technopark" about 5 mins distance from all 3 hostels. After reaching the sprawling TCS Peepul Park campus we were awestruck. The building looks like one seriously huge 5 star hotel. The sessions were to commence at 8:45 am but we were supposed to have breakfast in the meantime in the inhouse canteen(a rare welcome news).

After waiting in a long Que for getting a visitors pass made we were seated in the "Saffron" auditorium. By this time we were used to getting awestruck due to the grandeur of the place but still I couldn't avoid staring like a kid at the 2 identical 125 inch projection displays in the auditorium. Out of habit me and my few friends sat in the first row. After eying the schedule we were sad to find inductions (Boring informative speeches) for the first 2 days. The schedule was very tiring,
8.45am to 10:30am==Session A (OMG such a longggggggg lecture)
10:30am to 10:45am==Break (You don't even notice this one because you are busy coding serious shit in your lab sessions or you enjoying life skills sessions)
10:45am to 1:00pm==Session B
1:00pm to 1:45pm==Lunch Break (Cold and stale south Indian veg/Non veg lunch is available in tcs canteen at subsidized rates, but I assure you food cant get any worse)
1:45pm to 3:00pm==Session C (Sooooo long)
3:00pm to 3:45pm==Tea Break (The trainer is back in the lab before you take even your first sip of tea.)
3:45pm to 5:45pm==Sessions D (Seriously long again)Sessions get a bit bearable when case studies start, which are group activities.

After attending the HR and ADMIN inductions we ventured out of the auditorium and loitered around. We found the different sections like HR bay, i-Security, etc and most importantly the tea and coffee machines which were of great help to ward off the stupor induced by the speeches. (PS: The tea is very good but you cannot carry the cups around the premises :-D). It was later on that day when we found that TCS Trivandrum center operates in 3 shifts i.e. Morning shift(7am to 2pm), General shift (8:45am to 5:45am), and the Night shift (2pm to 9pm). We were lucky enough to have been allotted to the general shift because it greatly simplified the meal times.

The suspense about the duration of the ILP and its second phase was broken later om that that during the ILP induction. The newly designed ILP is of 63 working days which includes both common and stream based training. There are a lot of changes both academic and administrative. For starters, they have omitted the foreign language training and started deducting HRA during the ILP period and a host of other changes and the most notable being the undertaking of both common and stream training at the ILP center itself.

The most awaited and last induction was the finance induction which includes bank account opening. The finance guy Ashutosh was a nice person and he brought ICICI bank people with him. We filled forms for opening a savings salary account, and a current reimbursement account. The account was a privilege banking titanium account with withdrawal limit of 50k and shopping limit of 1 lac. We were given a starter kit containing a debit card a cheque book and passwords for ATM and net banking. This was the first time we proud to be TCS employees, but yet again, titanium accounts without money in them are even more frustrating...

Finally, overloaded with information and tension, we left the auditorium at 6pm and went straight to the bus which was already awaiting us outside. Mind you, if you plan to stay back at office for work or completing exercises after 6:15pm, then you will have to walk back to the hostels which are about 3-4 km away from the campus.. :-D...Even after you reach the hostel, it doesn't end, you are hungry and have to walk at least 4 km for a single bite of food...As many have said, I bet 10k bucks you will lose 2 kg weight in first 10 days...anyways keep reading the blog for my experience about the next few days at tcs
Your comments and queries are most welcome....

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Infocity Gandhinagar Picture Gallery

It is one of the largest in the region and can accommodate an astounding number of professionals. With world class amenities and infrastructure, it is surely a place many would aspire to be in. Below is a collection of photos that thousands have been awaiting for a long time.

Friday, October 08, 2010

Sunday, October 03, 2010

TCS 2010 Batch Community

The place that has connected thousands of TCS candidates all over the country and had helped many more, the 2010 batch community is here. Click here to join. This is the place to chat with other TCS-ers, ask for help regarding anything and more. If there is any need for something, simply discus with the others and go ahead.ist2_9458297-network-people

As with the other news and updates, there are also lot of discussions going on amongst people regarding anything under the sun. So share your heart and soul and mind out and chat ahead with your future colleagues.

In case there is need for some urgent information or study materials, you are as always welcome to return to my blog and keep reading. You might have to search for a little while in my blog as there are lots of articles and not all are related to this organization. For all updates as they happen under one hood, you might like this stuff.

TCS 2010 Offcampus Joining Dates

The process of giving out joining dates for the offcampus candidates seems to be slow but have started. It is just a matter of time now before each an every one of the remaining candidates get their joining dates. Discussions and sharing of news are as always continuing on the various social networking sites. The data shared below is done by hundreds of TCS candidates in their facebook community. For more information click on the ‘What’s Hot’ menu above.

The offcampus candidates had been a little disappointed for sometime now as their joinings weren’t at the same pace as their oncampus counterparts till now. But now that the scenario is changing it is going to be a pretty good month coming up for them it seems. 

Apart from the spreadsheet below, all updates are now shared in just one place. Read this to know more. Predictions and dates will be added there soon. Keep watching that space. It is only going to get more useful with time, if not less. 
Update: Tentative joining is end of 2010.


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Saturday, October 02, 2010