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Hi,

I recently got a job offer from one of the top MNC's. The Salary offered is good but the problem is that the company came under a lot of bad light recently for firing a lot of freshers. Internally also many of my friends suggested that the yearly hikes are very low.

However the company has given me a decent offer and would train me on Websphere commerce suite. I would like to know how is this product? I have close to 4yrs exp in Java/J2EE. I would like to know the career opportunities that exist for this product and the market for it.

Any guidance will certainly be a lot of help

Thanks in Advance,
Papa Rao

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[ July 27, 2008: Message edited by: David O'Meara ]
 
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Originally posted by Rao Papa:
Internally also many of my friends suggested that the yearly hikes are very low.



I imagine you'll find the same everywhere.
 
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Company names do matter in the resume to some extend, but just because it is a named company does not mean that you will be exposed to latest technologies/frameworks or gain the best experience. I learnt a lot more from smaller no name companies (e.g. you get to do a bit of everything).

so, check

-- What other technologies/frameworks you will be exposed to?
-- What type of people succeed in your organization?
-- Ask about the project & role, e.g. new developement, enhancement, mission criticality, client facing, team size, budget, etc.
-- Ask about the development processes and best practices used? e.g. agile vs waterfall, code reviews, etc.
[ July 27, 2008: Message edited by: arulk pillai ]
 
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I've worked for more than 2 yrs in Websphere Commerce Suite (Also called WCS). It's a niche product and there's a decent demand for it, primarily in E-Commerce related applications / sites, likely in sites having Online Shopping / Online Payment / Auction features usually in Supply Chain / Travel / Logistics industries.

Here're some of the pros and cons in working in WCS -

Pros -
1) Relative Job Security - Since there're not too many resources proficient in WCS, there will always be jobs in it and even in the company you'll work for, there will be a relative job security for the same reason.

The companies that acquire WCS, usually get stuck with it as it's an expensive software and therefore difficult to replace (also tightly integrated with other IBM technologies).

2) Technical Exposure in IBM Technologies - You would get a good exposure in related IBM technologies like Websphere Application Server, DB2 etc. which are used widely in a lot of companies.

3) Advantage in US if you pursue H1 - If you have an aspiration to pursue H1 and try jobs in US, it'll clearly be an advantage if you have an expertise in WCS as your CV can be marketed specifically for this segment and you might command a higher billing rate.

That however depends on a lot of factors, H1 being very difficult to come by these days, it's a gamble.

Cons -
1) Domain - You would get stuck in E-commerce domain and it would be difficult to move out of it once you get foothold in it for 2 yrs or so.

The most fast track domain is considered to be 'Finance' where there's a faster career growth and more opportunities in the market place (not only in India but other markets so that would be more beneficial in the longer run.

My suggestion - See if you can manage an offer in Finance domain if you're not desperate for a job.
[ July 28, 2008: Message edited by: Sunit Gupta ]
 
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Hi Arulk and Sunit,

Thank you very much for the replies. It was very helpful for me.

Thanks and Regards,
Avasarala Papa Rao
 
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Hi Sunit,

Please check your Private Message.

Thanks and Regards,
Avasarala Papa Rao
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