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Mixed bag!!! Good place to laern and work but very dificult to survive and grow in a professional manner .

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL

I have been working at Tata Consultancy Services full-time (more than 10 years)

Pros

TCS has few important pros : (1) Great place to learn as the learning opportunities are many and many colleagues are helpful too. (2) Good training which at times feels to be long. (3) Established brand name (4) Good onsite opportunities more for younger lot!. (5) Worklife balance is not there in many accounts and roles (6) Reasonable benefits in India and US (7) Presence in many domains - an opportunity to move laterally and learn (8) large number of employees more than 250000. (9) Great support staff in Learning and development, Travel, Finance and HR at working level.

Cons

Many Cons (1) Lower and skewed promotional opportunities. All ills associated with a bad HR program can be seen here . (2) Heavy middle management which mars upward move after a level. By then your resume is unmarketable !!. (3) Excessive importance to numbers ($$$) and Client partners/BRMs roles, making many folks to work for that role forgetting technical skills, (4) Roles like BRM PM etc decided more on political factors and sycophancy than real talent. (5) Lot of power in hands of BRMs/Client partners making them act like demi gods ! (6) Skewed compensation - India expats paid much lower than local recruits, Even an expat Greencard holder is not paid US salary (7) Boasts of CMM, PCMM level processes but many actions are decided case by case to suit the ISU fiefdoms.(8) Horrible appraisal system, You get rated based on goals and attributes but then get dumped into band buckets based on personal whims, judgements and feelings at the end of the year by a team over snack and coffee!!!. You may get 4 in goals but if you are not in good books or even moved out of the account by the company you may end up in a D which cuts your salary , perks and mainly enthusiasm. You can be a A guy all along but that does not help!. Worst point is every one is aware of this malady but still it is practiced and taken as a yardstick for many decisions. Every appraisal spreads a wave of negative energy in the company .(9) No defined career path for technologists as they get dominated by BRMs, GLs, which makes many talented folks disappointed impacting their work or leads to attrition. (10) High level of red tapism which has increased with creation of ISUs by leaps and bounds.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

(1) Please "walk the talk" of CMMi, PCMM, Tata code of conduct for ethics . (2) Since the company runs due to effort of every individual, please recognize the talents and nurther them. (3) Create more delivery focused organization to support the sales of BRMs, a BRM is not demigod or a robot or a magician to take up all roles this dependency is ruining associates' morale as well as dilutes system as many functions get done by others for BRM to get undue favors why not make it systematic?. GNDM is jmaking many associates burn out due to lower quotes and push on using trainees than experienced consultants (3) Don't be pennywise and pound foolish, Good financial management is important but not at the cost of associates' pay and expenses when top brass enjoy huge packages. (4) Make many roles like BRM GL Delivery lead etc rotational so that the clamor for that role and associated perks decreases. (5) Make GC holders, US local employees why the ISUs and Client partners play havoc with that - enjoying a small raise in P&L at the cost of this is Not a ethical code of conduct! while local recruitment at high cost is going on other side.(6) Understand that the wide geographical spread needs more efforts at oversight too so reduce red tapism . Empower people,

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    Great company less salary

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tata Consultancy Services

    Pros

    Opportunity to travel globally and gain exposure

    Cons

    Owing to large employee strength there is limited growth

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tata Consultancy Services

    Pros

    Good company. Have been here for some time now.

    Cons

    Can be more creative managing careers

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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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