Job Offer

Every time we get a job offer don’t we feel blessed, accomplished, positive and happy towards life? I share the same feeling with you. I would like to enable you to take an informed decision for your next job offer. if you have to categorized various factors in a job then they will fall mainly in Interest and fulfillment. Working in niche skill, team, the location could be associated with “interest” and salary, work-life balance, culture could be tagged as “fulfillment”. So what else?

The Brand:

The goosebumps you get when you hear about your favorite company is certainly positive. I strongly believe that everyone has a dream company in their mind and picking that out the lot should be easy. The issue, however, is with the company not in our list, I would suggest that you prepare one. My experience: This happened to me when I got a call from “Conduent” for some role and I refused to appear in the interview. Obviously I didn’t know about the company but later got to know that it’s Xerox company. In Case with Micro Focus, It was in my list of preferred companies because of its acquisition of “Borland” Test Automation Products & I was in automation at that time. When I got the offer from company I did not take much time to say yes to them.

The Role:

The day to day work you are going to do should be your next priority. It’s our work that we always complain or love on daily basis. Find out what is the job, how many people it involves; to whom you would report; which business unit it falls in; is it too much, is it too complex & work life balance

The CTC:

Most of the people I met they just decide on brand, role and money so it makes sense to keep it in top 5 of our discussion today. What you should consider in CTC should be the question? You may consider asking for: How much you would get against the role offered? The complexity of role? Is it the niche skill you have? or How much you should be getting in top notch company? Or How much % of increment is offered? and How much in hand you would get? I strongly believe this generation of Indian’s are dreamers and certainly would not rest until their dreams are realized even if they compromised on low salary for that time being.

The Team:

A team is the unit in the organization which delivers some work on daily basis and drives organizations objective. Some role are individual like consultant, architect, sales rep, trainer etc and some are team roles like developer, tester, clerks, data analyst, release manager. A team role involves person to take input and provide output to another individual making both of them dependent of each other. An individual player role requires you to work independently and provide output to leadership instead of team member. One should ask himself Is it an individual role or a team role offered to him? How many people he needs to interact? Whom he will report to? What is the location of team, what is the work timings of the team?

The Growth Factor:

Growth refers to role as well to money. It could be in the form of moving up in the role to manage other than your own work Or working directly for leadership, working in your favorite technology/skill area, Working for clients (onsite roles) and working for a team where moving to next band is comparatively easy? Growth in money terms would be band upgrade, good performance appraisal, good bonus payout, opportunity to earn extra money ( short onsite roles/assignments, taking up another project) and finally good incremental salary. Growth should never to associated with friends, liking & comfort. One more point related to growth, now a days learning opportunities are also considered as growth factor in any organization. Check out if your organization provide some online free courses, classroom sessions, industry certification or your role demands you to learn new technology for free after certain period.

The Rotation Factor:

One should consider this very carefully, if no information available then ask for it. Basically you need to consider if you don’t like the role what happens? Can organization facilitate you with another similar job? Is there any rotation policy for onsite resources? Can you change teams? Idea is that organization should not hold you in one position you were hired for, in fact it should allow you to take up other roles where you can contribute better and that is called true positive culture of a company.

Financial Position of Company:

Many of my friend including me have worked for startup’s or small firms and had to leave because company could not pay you well. In case of startups I would suggest to know about funding for at least 2 years and product/services should be in final phase. If not then stock up your grocery for two years, stash money in bank and pray god to get success. In case of large established player, I would urge you to take a look at financial results company if not available publically then ask for it from HR rep.

My interesting experience: I recall leaving Micro Focus in just 7 months because company’s could not pay the quarterly bonus well to me. I was paid 2-5% of promised quarterly bonus for three quarter’s even though we did well as a unit, on top of it I figured that the formula used to pay the bonus was incorrect, I could have never got 100% of bonus in the same company. It pinch when your 20% CTC is variable and 80% is fixed and company is debt free & not paying full bonus.

The Feedback:

We usually tend to call up few friends and do internet research about company, good and its normal. What will be challenging is that do we ask right questions, do we do enough research on any company? Are there any website ( I know Glassdoor exist) which provides the feedback we are looking for? We all are smart enough just to leave you with my questions: What type of people gave feedback? How recent or comprehensive is the feedback? Is it Robot or a real person? What twitter says? What do your friends or Seniors suggest?

Your Personal Factor:

In Bangalore commute is biggest stress contributor so I decided to live close to office, is that what your priority? In some other case Five Start like facility and good working culture could take lead. What else can be think of? Free Food, Company Shares, Onsite Location, Company owned leased car, free medical insurance or life insurance, close proximity to my native, major projects in Govt dept, major play in one single area? Company known for bonus and employee benefits.

I believe we have moved over salary discussion and are now discussing what interest us and fulfills our dream thus Keeping a surprising element towards your attitude will always help you survive in any organization and do well for you. I hope to enrich you with better thoughts today. You can always reach out to me for any personal consultation. Thanks

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