Nikhil Deshpande

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Sam that was indeed very useful. Unfortunately gaps here are not taken as casually as they are taken in US or so. So the only worry is stability.
[ December 05, 2003: Message edited by: Nikhil Deshpande ]
16 years ago
Guys,
I would still like to know from ppl who have worked like this (independent contractors) for some time what precautions I need to take while going for it. How do you typically manage interactions and what back-up plans do you have? How is it to be on your own? Esp in those "in-between" periods?
16 years ago
Just a small clarification. The small company is not Indian, I'd be working from India for this foreign company on a fixed remuneration. Thanks for your inputs, awaiting more...
16 years ago
75 Euro!!!
I am being offered little more than 5 USD/Hour here in India and I am sort of happy with it. Don't tell me I am a fool!!!
Tell me sth, what is the avg salary of a US based Java professioal with 4 years exp?
16 years ago
No further inputs??? Pleaaaaaaaase!!!
16 years ago

Originally posted by Mark Herschberg:
I have no wife, no kids, no mortgage and live in a major high tech city. I am too strong an engineer/manager to take/stay at a job I don't like. When I get disgruntled, I leave.


Can you always afford it? How do you justify this in the next job's HR interview? Just curious....
16 years ago
BTW, after working out details I have found that big companies pay is almost at par with the consulting offer. (Just sliiiightly less...). So...
16 years ago

Originally posted by Mark Herschberg:
What do you want to do in 5 years? 10 years? 20 years? Which job better prepares you for those goals with the guidance, experience, training and connections it provides?
--Mark


5-10 years from now - On my own, working with multiple clients and contributing technically. I don't want to be project manager working for a single company and copleting MS Project or MS excel sheets. I would rather come up with a unique solution for a tech problem. Would love to do some teaching at some point of time.
20 years from now - Frankly, I don't know. I am unable to see how software industry will shape up then. But if I manage to do well with my 10 years plan, I might have a small company of my own with some reputation. Dunno!!!
Well, this is what I would want to do in next X years, but I am unable to decide what decision will get me closer to my goal, somehow I lack that perspective or insight. And this is where I need help...
As of now I am single, so I can afford to take risk, I wont be able to do it once I get married. In that case I think I would have to follow the usual PM path. I sense that my inclnation is towards consuting at this point, but would like to know from ppl who have worked like this for some time what precautions I need to take while going for it. How do you typically manage interactions and what back-up plans do you have? How is it to be on your own? Esp in those "in-between" periods?
THANKS!!!
16 years ago

I am sort of aware of pros and cons, but that doesn't help me decide which ones to prefer. Need guidance of experiece...
16 years ago
1. Well, I have no problems if I have no adults to interact with. I can interact with the ppl I have worked for so many years through internet.
In fact, I would welcome an opportunity to interact with ppl from other professions (s/w professionals suffer from tunnel vision, IMHO) and devote some more time to my family. Due to flexibility in timings I can even pursue my hobby by joining morning classes.
2. No really, if they do not honour their commitment, I'll be in trouble. Though financially, I can sustain myself for a year or so. But out of job status is a taboo here, they don't care if you spoof ur resume and show fake exp!!! In fact it's perhaps only the stability of bigger company that makes me confused!
3. I'll miss out on training from company, but then I havn't had any training for last 3 years in prev companies. As for professional growth, with contract I know what I would be doing. With bigger company, I'll have to do whatever they ask me to.
4. Lastly, one of my long term goals is to be on my own. However, for that I need to make some good money in next 2/3 years. The consulting job will give me good money for next 6 months at least. The company might give decent money for next 2/3 years if there are no major layoffs.
Don't know what exactly would help me get closer to my goal in the long run... There are quite a few uncertainities!
16 years ago
This is my story.
I have 2 offers, one is from a big company which has a very good reputation, and another is a consulting offer with flexibility to work from home and as per my convenience. Big companies pay is slightly less but there is HUGE name attached to it, and here (India), a big name makes a big difference. But that should be true anywhere...
Paywise the consulting offer is more lucrative purely because of tax-benefits and I would love flexibility to work from home and devote some time to my other hobbies which I have not been able to do for quite some time now. But everyone is suggesting me to take up big companies offer, and this is a conventional way out. I am confused because the adulation this big company's name would bring me tickles me, but at the same time I am tempted to accept the consulting offer with more flexibility and better pay. The only risk with consulting offer is stability, the big company is more stable.
I thought, this would be the best place to ask because there are ppl from various backgrounds and huge experince and they've seen what it is like to be in these situations. I have not worked from home ever before, but idea sounds interesting to me. Your suggestions, experiences would help me greatly in arriving at a decision.
THANKS!!!
16 years ago