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Updated March 21, 2015
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Pros
  • Brand name: It's the pioneer of e-learning in India (in 5 reviews)

  • Graphics are the best among all the e learning companies of India (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • No work life balance, horrible process, no support from Sr (in 6 reviews)

  • too long work hours, most of the time you have to leave office post mid night (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Great Org

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tata Interactive System

    Pros

    Growth Opportunities are good if you are talented

    Cons

    Low salary in spite of the amount and quality of work you put in

  2. Don't waste your time with bungling amateurs.

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    Former Employee - Sales Support Executive in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Support Executive in New York, NY

    I worked at Tata Interactive System full-time (more than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Occasionally there are some good people there but they don’t remain long.

    Cons

    The COO who has been there almost two decades with 12 years in the USA, sucked his way up through the old boys circuit. He lacks any communication skill. There are six to eight s sales teams about fifty percent USA, where there are no design facilities. Around 60 sales person left quickly in 9 years. Having failed miserably at trade show and unwilling to invest in marketing in the major trade journals, they devised a cheap marketing system
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    Marketing Strategy: They search for companies in the USA with limited experience in training, claim to be masters of training needs analysis and populate the entire company with training that is ineffective. Any company with experience in elearning avoids them or may use them as chop shop and, does not give them permission to use their name. If they are hired as a chop shop, ask how many certified instructional designers are in Mumbai. Zero at last count.
    The company does not value sits employees, or rewards the meritorious. It encourages sycophancy and individual thought is dangerous. Nothing new creative has come out of this company for years.
    Don’t waste your time unless you want to overcharged and receive a bad results

    Advice to Management

    Quit collecting fat salaries, retire and let younger people run TIS, who don't have the typical corporate ant colony mentality.

  3. Ok

    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Tata Interactive System as a contractor

    Pros

    Fun Atmosphere, Good time off

    Cons

    Low pay, less challenge, less professional

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  5. worst company to work with

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Shared Edge Coordinator in Jaipur, Rajasthan (India)
    Former Contractor - Shared Edge Coordinator in Jaipur, Rajasthan (India)

    I worked at Tata Interactive System as a contractor (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Work timings are the best,

    Cons

    worst working culture and there is no scope or you never get a job behalf on this experience. no reply after uploading resume on various job providing websites like timesjob, monster, indded etc.

    Advice to Management

    seniors are not always right, it might be possible that they are not working good and thus effect on our workings and relations with client. Ethics department are just for name ...nothing is done by ethics department....
    one can be terminated at anytime without any prior information....
    seniors have to left their ego behind and should cooperate with team.

  6. Helpful (1)

    A fraud Company

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    Former Contractor - Senior Software Engineer in Mumbai (India)
    Former Contractor - Senior Software Engineer in Mumbai (India)

    I worked at Tata Interactive System as a contractor (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    This company is in Mumbai Andheri Kurla Road. None what so-ever. I am warning all potential candidates not to join this company. Office infrastructure is the only good thing about this company.

    Cons

    No work life balance. The management is horrible. People here have to keep their ego aside and be a YES man to all your bosses. Salary gets paid almost at the end of every month. You may be asked to work on weekends. Salary is poor also. Dont ever argue with your boss here. HR lead is a nasty person. He will not help you in any ways if you are facing issues. They hire people on Contract or temporary basis and fire them any time on their whims. And they may even with-old your payment for the number of days worked.

    Advice to Management

    Remove the management and the HR and replace with sane humane individuals. Fix the work culture.

  7. Helpful (2)

    Prospective employees: Do your homework, read the reviews here, and know what you are getting into!

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    Former Employee - Instructional Designer in Mumbai (India)
    Former Employee - Instructional Designer in Mumbai (India)

    I worked at Tata Interactive System full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Tata Interactive Systems has talented people.

    Cons

    Here are my observations:

    Training
    If you do not have a background in instructional design, you will be disappointed because they do not believe in training novices. Instead, they will assign you to a project and expect you to learn on the job, which takes a lot of time. And if there are errors in your storyboard, they will give you a lower rating in your appraisal.

    Culture and People
    It has a bad corporate culture. There is an "old boys’ network" in which comments and suggestions are rejected openly during meetings in your presence. In fact, the old boys do not acknowledge anyone lower than their positions. Even if you have worked with them, they will not exchange pleasantries after a project is over.

    They refer to employees as “resources,” and I heard them say, “Squeeze the resources on the project as much as possible.” Therefore, employees are totally exploited!

    Work-life balance is terrible; the volume of work is more than anyone can manage in a day, and the time you need to spend in office is more than the time spent anywhere in the e-learning industry.

    Work
    [1] Can you imagine that they outline project schedules without involving anyone from the content team? If instructional designers play a significant role in content development, they should be involved. In fact, different units should have a content head who is involved in decision making. Since this is not happening, the clients are promised unrealistic deadlines. For example, is it possible for anyone to finalize a 200-page document written by an Indian subject matter expert in a day, especially if you need to rewrite the entire document because of poor language, lack of clarity, inconsistency, and logical gaps or flaws and if you also need to outline instructional design strategies, conceptualize and write content for the media, and identify pictures from online sources?

    Yes. We were asked to do so, and it worked against them because the quality of the document was poor, so the client was terribly upset. Although the issue was communicated to the senior management before the work started, they ignored it and delivered as per their fictional schedule. Finally, when the senior management did root-cause analysis because of client complaints, they accused the instructional design team for their incompetency. This happens in every project!

    [2] They do not care for innovation and quality. As shared above, they care only for their schedule which is outlined to ensure maximization of profits; however, every project turns out to be a disaster because of the reasons stated above. Further, they are still stuck in the world of vertical tabs, horizontal tabs, click and reveal, etc.—blame the laidback tech team who wants to remain in its comfort zone and who will convey that the content team is not offering innovative solutions! They have incurred loss since the past three years because of their lack of focus on quality and innovation. They need to conduct research on what their competitors are doing. In fact, their competitors are offering innovative solutions and focusing on quality.

    [3] The middle management, junior management, and executives do the same work! Ideally, the middle management should be responsible only for reviews, quality assessments, innovation, and training. But the senior management will not understand why this perspective is important.

    [4] Business plans change frequently because of regular client complaints.

    Performance Appraisal
    The senior management will meet with their favorite middle managers and ask them to rate people below the middle managers. So incorrect ratings are given by middle managers and by senior managers who do not know what a person (being evaluated) has really done! In order to “pass the buck,” project managers give incorrect information about the person to the senior managers, especially if a project has failed because of ineffective planning, unrealistic deadlines, and the lack of focus on quality and innovation, as explained above.

    They should implement a 360-review program and analyze the responses from their employees! Give employees a few opportunities to give feedback on their managers and VPs. When they do so, they may learn why the turnover is so high and why employee morale is so low. They may also learn why from the idealistic maximization-of-profits phase, they are now in the state of loss!

    HR
    The HR group is good, although the grievance policy is a joke! They convey that they take employee grievances seriously, but it totally depends on whether or not the person who has been charged is their favorite. Yes! This is happening in a Tata company!

    Finance
    If you do not understand finance, you should only send emails to the arrogant guy (i.e., the one who manages LTA) in the finance team. If you seek clarity on something verbally, he will speak rudely and humiliate you. Everyone has had similar experiences!

    Company Status
    The cash flow is negative, and the company has experienced loss in the past three years. They are crazily into the cost-cutting phase now.

    Advice to Management

    Read the reviews here, conduct focus group discussions in your training hall with the help of a third-party service provider, provide an opportunity for employees to speak, analyze the information obtained, and bring about the required changes. Change is the essence of life!

  8. Pathetic Organization

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    Former Employee - Business Manager in Mumbai (India)
    Former Employee - Business Manager in Mumbai (India)

    I worked at Tata Interactive System full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    None , at first Tata brand name should have been a pro - but this organization has no Tata values - so it is just for show and branding.

    Cons

    The top of the organization is like a mafia. All the people with cubicle (read - leaders) in an incestuous "i scratch your back you scratch mine" kind of relationship.
    The organization has no long-term growth vision and fast turning into a loss making entity.
    The employees in technical role are made to work insane hours.
    The leadership is uninspiring and retaining there places not because they are capable but because they know how to suck up to the CEO - which tells you the kind of CEO who is there -running the company down.
    They have no Tata values or culture - it is like they work as a separate entity.
    Employees are relieved of their duties without any effort on part of the organization to retain them even if they have good ratings - which shows a complete absence of processes.
    The HR has no power and does as it is told by the incapable leadership.
    All in all - a pathetic organization.

    Advice to Management

    Put some HR Processes in place. Heck! put any processes in place.
    Stop playing politics.
    Stop promoting each other and for once promote some talent.
    Start some internal communication initiative to let employees know what is going on.
    Increase transparency.

  9. The best place to learn and the best processes ever.

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    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Instructional Designer in Kol (India)
    Former Employee - Instructional Designer in Kol (India)

    I worked at Tata Interactive System full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Amazing people, The best processes (Better than many giants), Clear Focus on Future, Most innovative Learning Solutions, Brilliant Middle Management
    If you like challenges this is the place for you. If you manage to surpass them there will be rewards!

    Cons

    Growth, Project Management, Compensation and Daily Allowances while Travelling.

    Unplanned movement to new territories like School Education hurts Business as usual scenarios.

    Advice to Management

    A small but good company like this, just get a few more people to spread the work load and PMs and resources will have the perfect life. Pay more or be at par with competitors to reduce attrition.

  10. Superb work culture and amazing people, perfect work and personal life balance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Nāgpur, Maharashtra (India)
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Nāgpur, Maharashtra (India)

    I have been working at Tata Interactive System full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    superb work culture, flexible timings, the salary structure, the addon training and benifits

    Cons

    product price is not competitive. too expensive for more than 85% clients

    Advice to Management

    create products for small or mid level clients and consider a price revision as the price is too hing

  11. TATA INTERACTIVE SCHOOL DIVISION IS PATHETIC COMPLETED ALMOST 4 years

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tata Interactive System

    Pros

    If you want to be really lethargic lazy in life and dont want to learn anything and only interested in wasting time TIS school division is the best.

    Cons

    Most unethical practices are in place no HR policy just spoiling carrers of everyone. This seems to be duplicate tata group company. No growth path going down day by day. Middle management managers are good for nothing and top management is not bothered.

    Advice to Management

    Please stop playing with carrers of people who show faith in you and stop fooling customers

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