I Quit my First job

I joined Infosys as soon as I stepped out of my Engineering. Like any other fresher I went to Mysore for my training and I was lucky enough to complete my Training when i was a student in my 4.2 along with the major project which everyone do their engineering final year under the guidance of Infosys.

I just left my job at Infosys after 2 long years, working at Mysore, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Trivandrum. It was a continuous learning and challenging experience working with short teams and incredible clients.

There a ton of reasons why I stayed with Infosys for 2 long years and why I left Infosys now. Thought to share with everyone.

Pros of working with Infosys

  • You get a chance to work with brilliant/ experienced minds and learn a lot.
  • You will learn to build top class quality products rather than just building a product for the client.
  • If you are lucky you will get a chance to work in projects from top notch companies Like Microsoft, Apple and what not.
  • You will find everything you need for your daily life at your workplace. Gym, Swimming pool, Hair saloons, Sports centers, Shopping corners etc.(Of course you will have to pay for everything)
  • Really good transportation system Infrastructure which most companies don’t provide.(Again you need to pay for it)
  • A number of extra-curricular activities takes place around Infosys but once you get into a project you won’t get time to participate in any of them.
  • You will always be in your comfort zone and you will love the job if you want to be in comfort zone.
  • You will never feel stressed and your manager will help you with everything they could(If you work with a good manager)
  • If you are in good hands then you will be provided with great mentorship.
  • You are really encouraged to take up things other than work such as open source contributions. In fact they got their own internal appreciation portal for such activities.

Cons of working with Infosys

  • You will be a SLAVE if you are not a dependable resource in your project. You will be asked to work on all weekends with no pays or extra leaves.
  • You will be asked not to take your Leaves neither you can encash them and finally just let them expire.
  • You are expected to spend your own money on official travels and stays else you will be threatened to shut down during appraisals.
  • For starters and lower job levels, the increment in the pay they get will settle up with Inflation in economy and increased prices in the services(parking charges, facilities charge) around DC.
  • Terrible cost cutting methods(There won’t be any tissues in the washrooms and your coffee Machines will have dedicated timings in times of cost cutting)
  • Employee career development would be the least preferred option in the organization. They just launch a program to improve this and generate numbers on how many people registered but never really care about how impactful the programs are.
  • Employee safety is another least preferred option at least in Trivandrum DC (for outsiders). Bringing this up to the top senior management in the DC turns out to be bad for our self.
  • Retention rate is very low(Main reason why Infosys doesn’t need to lay off people)
  • Integrity, I was shocked when few Managers were creating fake meetings with onsite team outside working hours just to generate the billing from the client.
  • There is a lot of epic shit few Managers will do cheating clients just to generate revenue and billing. In the long run you will do the same and expected to do the same. (I was glad I was not a part of such teams).
  • The people who generate the billing and actually work on deliverables are the least paid staff.
  • A friend who was on leave for 6 months and on bench for the remaining 6 months got 3 times the increment during appraisals than another friend who was the sole contributor in a huge project.
  • The profits which they show you on TV are not because of increased revenue, It is just because the employees are paid less and other severe cost cutting methods.

Keeping all these pros and cons aside, Infosys is a beautiful place to get your career started with, a relief from rat race which you have been a part of from years and you will actually get trained to learn yourself and face the challenges ahead.

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I think I may return to Infosys but only after the Top Level management actually starts giving shit about Clients and Employees rather than counting profits for every quarter. Once the employees believe that they are a part of a mission and Client feel they are valued rather than doped, you will automatically grow profits.

 

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Speaking at F8-Bash, Hyderabad

I was given an opportunity to be a keynote speaker at F8-bash 2017 at Hyderabad. It is rather different from my other talks because this time my target audience was STARTUP’s and its Executives. I came to know that our Ex-IT miniter Ponnala Lakshmaiah garu is another keynote speaker along with me and I was really glad to share the stage with him.

The title for my talk was ‘Mozilla: Beyond the browser‘. You can find my slides here. The overall goal of my talk was

  • To convince the Startup Ecosystem about why they should not rely on mobile apps anymore
  • How Internet has changed in the past 5 years and How it is going to be in the next 5 years
  • What does Mozilla do beyond Firefox browser ( which it is well known for )and How their technologies can support startups.

We also had a Mozilla booth with webVR demos, distributed Addon and WebVR hacksheets to the participants along with few goodies. Thank you giridhar for helping me out at the Mozilla booth.

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F8 bash was a really good event for networking and a good platform to learn and pitch your startup with a good crowd of 100+ participants. Many startups who are in the early stage of inception pitched their startups and collected feedback from the hosts.

Thank you Shyam for inviting me(and for the token of good health). It was my pleasure to be a speaker at F8-Bash. See you in next edition.

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Leadership summit 2016

I always used to hear about Mozilla Summit-2013, A global gathering in San francisco 2 years back which is a volunteer meet and I always used to wonder how it looks when so many volunteers around the globe come together at a place to Learn,Explore,Energize and Dream about the future of the web and their role in empowering it. I used to think about how it would feel to be a part of such global gathering and it finally happened with the 2016 Leadership Summit at Singapore.

2015 has been an incredible year for me as a volunteer as I got involved in Firefox Student Ambassador Program and Tech Speaker program. with the participation team coming into action there has been major changes in the participation of volunteers,contributors in Mozilla. The PT(Participation team) planned for 3 global gatherings to get volunteers at a place to design the future of their participation in Mozilla and get the things done by the end of the gathering. One such gathering is Leadership Summit at Singapore.

As a volunteer it was a memorable moment to meet my co-volunteers around the globe finally at a place and it indeed reminded me of my previous visit to Singapore(I was a speaker at Fossasia-15 \o/).

I loved the leadership summit a lot as it is the first meetup where FSA Executive board met without missing everyone for the first time and we missed you TJ.IMG_1911.CR2

Day1 started with talks from George, Mark and Rosana.

Rosana started talking about how incredible we are and how diversified we are. We were diversified in many ways. We had volunteers in their teens going to college to 60+ years old contributors in the crowd. when it comes to occupations we are everywhere.To my surprise we had an astronaut too from the crowd.

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Mark, Super energetic as always spoke about the past challenges we overcame as a community and how we should be prepared to face the Future challenges(eg. Freebasics -_-). Mark spoke about how they fought with Microsoft to make them allow 3rd party browser installation.

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The personality test workshop by George was one of the amazing workshops I attended. Truly saying it helped to realize I am not the only one and there are many others who take things similarly.IMG_0649

This was followed by the division of tracks into Campus Campaign and Connected devices.And for obvious reasons I was in Campus Campaign track because Campus Campaign choose me \o/ .

The people from 270 Strategies are amazing and It was great working with them at Orlando Work Week. I like the way they work and the appreciation they give for your ideas. They first analyze the existing culture and help us to plan it better and execute it in a more impactful way.

Later we had a gathering on FSA’s role in Campus Campaign leaded by Brian and Faye. At the end of the meet we got tons of inputs from the FSA’s, RAL’s, E Board and Reps. We understood what we were doing well and what we lacked in our Program. The meet was planned very well and I felt so excited from the output.

Day 2 was another amazing day and was an Important day for FSA Team as well. We had an FSA meet discussing about the 2016 goals, plans and the immediate To-Do’s after getting back to home.

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It was later followed by Campus Campaign closing session and later ended with a closing ceremony by George and Rosana. Yeah we had a Thank you Francisco moment at the end and yes it is impossible to do such gatherings without him.

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It was another amazing and thrilling experience to be a part of it. I learned a lot about Strategies,Impact, Facing Challenges, Leadership ,Personality development and most importantly I learnt how Mozilla community has always been impactful in protecting the worlds largest public resource Internet.

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And with team work comes so many responsibilities and Fun.Cheers to everyone who were part of my beautiful days at Leadership Summit.

 

 

 

Mozilla And Firefox OS @PurpleTalk Inc

It has been a bit of time I did’nt blogged! Priorities matter. But the 1 Hr Talk we had at PurpleTalk Inc,Hyderabad is making me to Blog about it. The resources we used and the kind of Audience we had today is quite different than the one we used previously. I gave a Professional talk after a long time I could say. Involving more as a Community Strategist,Mentoring and My new Job got me away from Speaking.

Today we had a 1.25 Hr Talk with the Employees of PurpleTalk Inc. It was unique in different ways.We always had long talks completely talking about Firefox OS and Apps of which most of the time our Target audience were Student Developers.This time we had a developers working at a Company. The irony is most of the attendees are Android and Windows Phone Developers.Yeah! I got a Thug Life to go with talking about Firefox OS to other OS Developers and Users.

I Started my presentation talking about Firefox OS, Architecture, How Developer Friendly Firefox OS is and continued talking about WebAPI’s, Packaged Apps and Hosted Apps, Debugging and Testing of Apps,Publishing. Thanks to Senior App Reviewer Jai Pradeesh for your Side Deck . I made my own version with the help of your presentation. You can find my side deck here .

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Later Ram Dayal Continued his Presentation about Firefox OS Add-ons and WebRTC. You can Find his presentation here.

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Finally it was time for our Community Leader Vineel to Speak about Mozilla and Communities. He Spoke about Mozilla, Various Projects and Programs in Mozilla, How our community actually owns 30 % of Browser users just with the help of participation from Community and Volunteers.

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Every talk I give, teaches me something and today I learnt about how to manage time while giving a presentation. We got like 60 Minutes for our talks and we managed everything so well by our collaboration.The Recent Tech Speakers Pilot which I was a part of helped me to improved me a lot about Speaking and Creating impact with your talk.Thank you PurpleTalk Inc for Inviting us.

PS: The presentations are opensource! Anyone can edit it and use for their Presentation.:)

Rust Meetup Hyderabad

It has always been an awesome feeling when I organize something Unique and finally turns out to be fantastic party.Rust is a Systems Programming Language From Mozilla Foundation which is famous for not throwing Null pointer exceptions and Segmentation faults,Yes it is so cool. Thank you so much Manish for helping me out with the event.

The Event turned out to be an Housefull Event! Yayyy… I was expecting about 30 Enthusiasts but it turned out be double the strength despite the New Programming Language we are going to deal with.The most Interesting part of this Meetup is most of the attendees are students.

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We followed the below Agenda during the Event.This pattern is Open Source and Everyone can use it for such Event!

Agenda:

  • Intro to Rust
  • Problems with C++
  • Solution for those Problems
  • Basics of Rust
  • Datatypes in Rust
  • Memory Management

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Manish did an Amazing job in dealing with the diversified crowd. The post Lunch time totally went on completely with Discussions.Mostly the Discussions went around with the usecases of Rust in their Projects.

Finally we took our Group pic !

Thank you so much Vineel for Helping me out with the Event and providing us the space (Collab House) for the Event.

Hands on Webmaker App

Webmaker App has always been a product which I have been curious to know about, from the time it was Announced. Webmaker App which was announced to be a Smartphone app where a web user can create his own web content, publish it and share it with public has finally took its shape. Using this app one can make web apps from their smart phone without having any knowledge about coding.

Webmaker Project is a part of Mozilla’s non-profit mission to create a more open, web literate world.I’m sure Webmaker app gonna change the way in which people look at Web. That would be an awesome moment when a user who uses Web everyday started to make his own web apps and share it with people. This is going to be possible with this webmaker app.

Since the webmaker app is released as a beta release I have organized a Hands on Event on 14th June,2015 with my local Webmaker Teaching Community.It was so much fun. I got a diversified team for the event which got 2 super mentors, 1 mentor and about 8+ Newbies.  I wrote everything about how our event went here,What are the Problems faced with webmaker app during the meet and what all preparations I made before the meet below.

  • First Create an Etherpad First to collect feedback and improvements about the app from the participants of the event.On the etherpad mention some ideas about what they can build using the app.

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  • Download the Webmaker app before the event so that even if you have slow Internet during the event you will be able to transfer it to other phones via Bluetooth. PS: Running the app require Internet.
  • If you faced any error after installing the beta version of app( eg:App stopped working ) then restart your phone.Not sure if this is the right solution but it worked.
  • If you don’t have a webmaker Account,cool then create one.If you already have a webmaker account then sign in directly.Sometimes you will face a invalid login error.This is because most of us will be using Persona Login for webmaker account and we never set the password for our webmaker account.So Reset the password and login again,it works.
  • Explore each and every option,button,feature and Everything in the app and ask the attendees to add their feedback to the etherpad.
  • Then Brainstorm the ideas about what webapp you can build using this app. Go to Discover Tab to get ideas about what you can build using Webmaker App.
  • You can make a simple webapp of a Recipe to make Instant Noodles to a webapp showing How to Spent 3 Nights in Los Vegas! B-|
  • Take lots of pics and Interact as much as possible with the attendees during the Event.

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Finally don’t forget to Share your Feedback with the Webmaker Team.They will always Love to hear from you. 🙂

Moz Coffee- Firefox Growth Campaign

Mozcoffee is an interactive/Informal meetup with 2 or more people where people usually discuss on various Updates/Reports of happenings around Mozilla and Local Community.

With the intent to support Firefox Growth Campaign and Celebrate the Latest Firefox update we had a moz-coffee on June 2nd at our Community Space(Collab House) at Hyderabad along with bunch of FSA’s,Club Leads,Community Leaders,contributors and few other awesome people.

Had tonnes of discussions about what type of activities FSA’s can plan in their college in support to Firefox . I finally made a Teaching kit about how our event went around so if people don’t have any idea about what exciting and awesome things you can do as a part of mozcoffee then you can have a look at my teaching kit here .

We started with the Introduction of each of the attendee with their name and their contributions so far in Mozilla.later we discussed about firefox and Spring campaign and how fsa’s can do fantastic things as a part of Spring campaign. You can find everything in detail in my teaching kit. ^_^

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Here goes our group photo with our attendees. Finally we had an amazing fun time in the end making our own meme’s,sharing it on facebook and tweeting them.Firefox growth campaign will always b a campaign to be remembered whose memories can be cherished for another year for bringing out the hidden creativity n humour in everyone.

Thanks a lot Vineel for providing us with the space for celebrations!Thank you Sai and Akshay for joining me.