Your cover story The Best Companies to Work For (August 3) was excellent. It aptly highlighted the reasons why companies like Google, Accenture, TCS, Microsoft and IBM are preferred for employment. However, I felt that some important features employees look for in a good company, were not adequately dealt with in your survey to determine the best companies. Being happy at the workplace and getting ample challenging opportunities are also important. It is also essential to know if a company cares about its brand and whether it believes in marketing the brand. For new entrants, it would be also enlightening to know about the company's internal culture, so that they can be sure of fitting in there. Still, the BT team/partners need to be applauded for their yearly painstaking initiative to bring to the attention of readers, recruiters and job seekers some valuable insights into the profiles of different companies.
J.S. Broca, New Delhi
This refers to your cover story (August 3). It is estimated that we spend half of our adult lives working hard either in an office for someone or at times on our own ventures. The existing road traffic conditions with long commutes, fast-disappearing work-life balance, and other factors add to the woes of many. One of my relatives was facing a dilemma on where to join. Probably, BT came to his rescue with facets of different companies he should consider. The articles were insightful, informative and articulated the survey results very well. Kudos to the BT team for having come up with a comprehensive presentation.
Rachana Grover, Through e-mail
This refers to your Budget Special Jaitley's Leap of Faith (August 3). The Budget has belied the hopes of the aam aadmi in the matter of income-tax. The increase in the exemption limit for individuals from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 2.5 lakh and for senior citizens from Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 3 lakh will hardly make a difference. The exemption limit must be raised at least to Rs 6 lakh for individuals and Rs 10 lakh for senior citizens. But a number of other measures should be lauded. The deduction for interest on housing loan for self-occupied houses (SOP)has been rightly raised from Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 2 lakh. Increasing PPF limit from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 1.5 lakh, and enhancement of deduction limit from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 1.5 lakh under section 80 C are all most welcome. Overall, the Budget is a balanced one as it has taken care of the northeastern part of the country and backward states, including J&K.
Mahesh Kapasi, New Delhi
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