Abhi Parashar

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Recent posts by Abhi Parashar

Its quite a refreshing change to see this question posted.I have seen a lot of people lying on their resumes.Its not too difficult for hiring manager's to figure that out.Its best to be honest and hope for the best.The flip side is that, you may not be called for an interview but thats better than getting fired in the first month.

Again this advice aplies to product companies, for indian services based companies this does not apply(IMHO),but it will not hurt you to be honest.

Cheers.
16 years ago
Mind you dollar savings dont buy much in india nowadays.Real estate prices have gone through the roof.Cars and gas are more expensive.I was surprised to see the number of camry's,Accord's and even Merc's in my neighbourhood.

Be prepared for a reverse cultural shock of sorts.Indian workplaces are far more advanced than you would expect and work culture quite aggresive.

Make sure you negotiate your salary well.Companies are paying very well....
The organization that you are talking about pays very well and the numbers that you mentioned actually surprised me.
16 years ago
I have been in QA for 7 years and have worked on number of projects.Its amazing the kind of width you can have on projects.On one hand there could be mundane tasks of executing manual test cases and on the other you could be testing the performance of your companies application and provide suggestions and guidance.It all depends on how you percieve it.

I started off by writing test cases and am now an expert in performance testing.

Its been a very rewarding experiance and I plan to stick to it.you will not believe the number of performance testers I interview who know nothing about performance or automated testing.

Impt. There is a difference in the way testing is done in Indian outsourcing companies and Indian/US Product companies....so better find out the difference and then decide.
16 years ago
Adobe pays upto 6 lacs for freshers...
16 years ago
if its hcl gurgaon...i have two words....

Avoid it!!!
16 years ago
Would just want to add my two pence here:


I am an indian currently on a work permit in the UK. I have studied and then worked in US for 4 four years.

US is way ahead of the UK in all forms of life.One's salary and buying power is huge in the US.Consider buying a car.A new Accord would come at something like $18k in the US and a similar model would be �17k in the UK.Of course the in hand salary left in the UK is very less.

I came to the UK thinking that it must be comparable to the US,But frankly I was better off in India where I was being paid huge(by indian standards).
Life in UK is only slightly better than Bangalore(if you make good money by Indian standards).

Given the fact that I am not able to provide a good lifestyle to my family in London , I am seriously thinking of going back to India.....(and the peace of mind).
16 years ago
Looks like a real dodgy offer given that the H1Bs have run out.Make sure that you know more about the employer(there financials etc) make sure that there is really a client.

If the company is more like a body-shopper try to avoid it.

There are better oppertunities in India than US..think twice about it!

Cheers...
16 years ago
90% of the crowd at Polaris is non engineers from NIIT.
Polaris salaries are very low, and increments are a laughing matter.

They do have a lot of onsite work but they dont pay well at onsite.

Above all the management treats you bad.You will never find anyone ready
to listen to you.They "will" send you onsite... with very little pay
and no health benefits or insurance....

If you get HP dont even think of Polaris.
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I was with Polaris.
I too agree that given a choice I would choose Hp.
but your statements above are wrong. Polaris does have medical benefits and insurance, as I have used those facilities. I also dont agree that 90% of employees are from NIIT. I could see real good techies from good colleges in that organisation. The pay packet is thin though.


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I am with Polaris...I am onsite...their current pay package is real low..no benefits provided...no medical,dental or insurance...no help from managment...The worst fact is that I left my job in India and went for a so called long-term onsite oppertunity ...just waiting for a ticket home now..

Polaris chennai has better projects than Gurgaon though.However Accenture is a better choice.
17 years ago
90% of the crowd at Polaris is non engineers from NIIT.
Polaris salaries are very low, and increments are a laughing matter.

They do have a lot of onsite work but they dont pay well at onsite.

Above all the management treats you bad.You will never find anyone ready
to listen to you.They "will" send you onsite... with very little pay
and no health benefits or insurance....

If you get HP dont even think of Polaris.
17 years ago
No Indian programmer ever thinks with the mindframe "I want to take your job".Whenever someone is onsite for whatever reason,they are just doing their job,as anybody would do.

I studied and then worked in America for 4 years before starting to work as an onsite worker for an Indian company.As far as failure of projects is concerened,this primarily happens due to lack of communication between the management and the engineers.Some companies really cut the corners and go for cheap Indian companies(apart from the well known ones),what I observed is that management in these companies is poor and a choice of a lesser known brand can expose you to them(though the quality of software engineers in more or less the same).The Indian coder is always caught between what the client asks for and what his own boss wants him to do.Thats why the sucess rate at product companies like Oracle India,Adobe India is higher and the employees just love working there, as compared to project based companies.

I have also seen some great project successes in offshore and have seen the project size grow from 1 to 100.It all depends in how you go about implementing it.I dont see this trend decreasing in the short term.But I must admit that I am skeptical that this is assuming dangerous propotions, now anyone who can say "IT" in India has a job and calls himself a software engineer.Not that they are all poor workers, but they lack the kind of creativity thats needed.There was a time when you needed a computer science degree and real experiance to get a job , but not anymore.This reminds me of the dot-com boom days in the silicon valley.

What I do want to point out is that outsourcing done correctly at a measured pace can be a success,but that doesnt seem to be the scenario. You can tell with the companies in India hiring in thousands....

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17 years ago
Never think of Polaris unless you do not have a real IT degree
and are unemployed.
17 years ago