What do junior employees and former employees of Infosys think about the company? While their thoughts may not be representative, given Infosys's employee strength of 155,629, both the company and the information technology industry would do well to take note.
Senior systems engineer, working on a Bank of America project: I don't see Infosys as a place to build a long-term career. This is a great place to begin because of its excellent training facilities. But career growth slows after a point of time. There are too many people and too many processes in the company. If you want to go and do a course while you are working, for instance, permissions need to come from four or five people - the manager, the senior project manager, the group project manager and the delivery manager.
Test engineer working on a project for a UK client: I was recruited from the Bangalore Institute of Technology. I have figured out that if I have to move up the corporate ladder, I have to move out of the company. I will do so in another year. I find the processes involved in promotion stiff. If I am with a product company or a start-up, my promotion would be based on just performance. However, at Infosys, it is based on various other metrics, which includes spending a certain amount of time in certain roles.
Senior systems engineer, working on a PepsiCo project: I am not happy with the salary. My college friends in TCS and Wipro are earning 15 to 25 per cent more and with additional perks. I am planning to move out of the company after I complete four years. I am looking at technical capability growth and I am not sure if that can happen at Infosys.
Former senior software engineer: I worked with Infosys for three years and quit in August 2012. Infosys recruited around 150 people from my batch in Karunya University. About 20 to 30 per cent of these recruits have left since. I was looking for a more challenging job. Infosys was a good launch pad. I got one promotion in three years. But I knew where I was heading. I would have had to continue on the same technology work for the next two years and my concern was stagnation. There are many reasons why my batch mates left. Some left for higher studies and then many because of the salary Infosys pays. The company is not a good pay master. Many of us benchmark against Accenture - my batch mates who joined Accenture earned Rs 1.5 to 2 lakh more than me. Also, I think the aura about Infosys in the campuses has diminished. Its audience has changed from cream to more average performers.
Former Engineer: I joined Infosys in 2009 after I was selected during a campus drive at the Dr Ambedkar Institute of Technology in Bangalore. The company projects itself as being employee-friendly but is actually it is not. If there is a request for a transfer to a different group, it is not easy to get it. I am a mechanical engineer and there was a requirement in a product lifecycle project. I was on the bench but I was "blocked" for the project. There was no work and I used to simply hang around at the campus, checking mail, eating and attending some training sessions. I requested my project manager for a placement in the product lifecycle project. But my manager got upset and he escalated the issue against me and I never got a transfer. This could have been handled better. When I quit, a few managers did try to retain me promising to process my visa in two years. But I saw no possibility of going for an onsite project. There were 10 to 15 senior engineers waiting to go abroad.
Former technical lead: I worked with Infosys for six years. I quit in September 2011 because, for over two years, I was stuck in a small project and was unable to move out. I was stagnating because there was no upward movement. Prior to this, I was handling a bigger team of seven people but then I was asked to service a smaller account - an electronics manufacturer for whom we did Java-based apps development. I was leading a team of two and I was disappointed. I requested for a change in project, but Infosys was not accommodating since the client refused any new member.