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Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY

I have been working at Polaris FT

Approves of CEO
Approves of CEO

Pros

Polaris has Multiple Clients in financial industry so there are many projects to work on at any given point in time.

Cons

Polaris does not focus on process improvement and quality standards of their deliverables. Moreover, this organization has a poor management.

Advice to Management

Should have a center of excellence for all the practices. Should have more training opportunities Should have more focus on process improvement

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  1. Helpful (8)

    A decent company with both good and bad pockets together

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Polaris FT

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1. Job stability - On this front Polaris should get a 10/10. There is high degree of job security offered to employees. In case project gets over associates get 2 weeks bench time in the US. Company tries to find another project and tries to accomodate you rather than plainly laying off as done by the likes of Accenture and IBM. 2. Exposure to global banks and financial domain - Polaris has plenty to offer to those who are interested in learning banking products and financial stuff . This company works exclusively for banks hence there will never be a situation when you have to compromise with the domain. In other big companies such as Infosys or Cognizant there is no respect for an associate's preference to work on a particular domain and you will find employees getting switched amongst various domains, including banking 3. Decent HR policies in USA - HR people are very prompt in responding to issues. The company does not cheat employees in the name of variable pay. The salary is fixed and comes on time at the end of the month thus making financial planning/loan re-payments/credit card payments very easy. The training sessions are held in Newport office on various occasions and are very nice to attend. 4. Competent immigration team for USA - On this front Polaris should again get a 10/10. Immigration team is very knowledgable. It is in sync with the latest policies of the USCIS and also knows how to prepare and file the visas for associates without missing any important part of the application. Company offers decent onsite opportunities to folks in India. Company has a good track record at the USCIS due to which H1/L1 visas get approved even when the USCIS is very strict (although there can be denials as well). Recently USCIS made it mandatory for H1B folks to ensure that their physical job location matches the location (basically LCA) listed on form I-129. Without much delay Polaris HR checks with employees holding H1 Visaand see if correction is to be made. Those employees who needed the new LCA filed for H1B amendment and I am sure they got the new LCA from the USCIS. Now this is called following immigration rules. Not like an Infosys or a TCS that cheat US immigration laws by sending people on B1 for coding/testing and also dont maintain proper LCA records for their H1/L1 employees. 5. Higher chances of recognition for good work done- More dependency on the billable associates in USA make them valuable to the company and they are treated fairly compared to the India based employees 6. Processes Green Card - Those employees who join Polaris in USA can aspire to have green card processed. The wait time is less and the company also prefers that its employees apply for green card so that they can be on the company's payrolls for long time. Although employees have to pay some portion of the cost of green card, it is worth the shot because you dont have to spend a year or two just waiting for approvals from management ladder as it happens in cognizant or a wipro/infosys.

    Cons

    1. Salary - This factor is undoubtedly the first on the minds of employees. Salaries are almost stagnant and low and there is little hope that there will be increments that are huge. 2. Brand name - Due to bad behavior of some senior managers in Polaris gurgaon location the entire company got a bad name in the year 2009. The exit of employees was encashed. The company is doing well and has a bright future but due to a negative image the bright side almost gets neglected 3. Too much of politics and egoism - This is a factor that is present in all Indian IT companies and hence Polaris is no exception. Indians can never get along well. Possibility of an Indian getting well along with an American or a European is higher than the possibility of an Indian getting along with another Indian. Un-necessary assumptions and evaluations of an employee on the basis of religion, caste or language is very detrimental for the project but nobody listens. You cant escape this situation even if you are in USA.

    Advice to Management

    1. Pls identify the good people in your organisation and also see what the bad employees are doing under your nose. Do a thorough evaluation, punish the culprits and reward the performers. 2. Look for projects other than plain IT services types. You have access to big banks and with the domain capabilities built over years it is highly likely that financial domain projects (not just IT) can come to Polaris if approached the clients properly. 3. Stop setting benchmarks for Polaris to third grade bodyshops such as TCS, Infosys or a Wipro. Polaris can stand on its own and make a difference. The fact that India's first ATM for citibank was designed by Mr. Arun Jain is not known to many. Bring out such achievements and try to build a good brand name for the ccompany. 4. Come out of parochial regionalism. 5. Revise the salaries and increase the net income for the company by adding more clients.. 6. Stop approaching small banks in less popular countries such as Bangaldesh, Srilanka, Maldives or a Vietnam. Concentrate your efforts in big well known countries. You can surely do this. You have the capability.


  2. Fair Place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Lead in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Project Lead in Jersey City, NJ

    I have been working at Polaris FT

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Employee Benefits - Management Visibility on the work you do

    Cons

    - Variance in Package offered - Lack of motivation from management

    Advice to Management

    - Recognize right people with right technology stack and motivate them to grow even more


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