Archive for February, 2010

Welcome to the Human Network

Posted in Blogroll on February 19, 2010 by prajwalpai
Finally the day comes! I am joining the Human Network. I ‘might’ cherish this day after few years and so I thought it deserves a blog entry. This is more of a private blog for myself.
My first day at Cisco was very fast paced to say the least. I came to office at 9.30 and within minutes of waiting at reception, was summoned by a HR. This was my first day at Cisco and I knew that I would spend each moment of entire day comparing Cisco experience with wipro. Four more ppl were joining that day and we followed HR to a small conf room. I couldnt forget my first day at Wipro as there were more than 200 people joining on that day and we were made to sit in 3 huge classroom kinda thing. That experience was very similar to joining some college. As I went with HR to another room, I saw few more people joining on the same day, It was a conference room and atleast 20 more people were there. I got a smile on my face and it occured that Cisco isnt that different after all. There were representatives from different banks fishing for new customers. I just filled a form to move my exisintg bank account and things were easy. I remember filling some 20page document to open a Citi account when I joined wipro and saw the same form being filled by other people in the room. I spent next  hour filling up some empolyee form and getting a new badge. By noon, all formalities were complete and the HR asked us to meet our hiring managers.
Aby picked me up from the reception and we went straight to the IT room and collected by brand new laptop from a huge storeroom and collected an IP phone too. Aby then took me to show my cube. This was supposed to be my temp cube away from my team as our team was supposed to move to a new building soon. I then went to meet Sesh, I was seeing Sesh after a real long time and He indeed is the best part of joining Cisco. Me,Sesh,Kaleem and Raghya had spent some fun time during our early days in Wipro. We went for induction togeter and were jobless together on bench for couple of weeks in wipro. I was literally meeting Sesh after few years but we picked up where we had left off. He had an empty cube next to his and I immediately shifted there.
Sesh took me for a tour-de-campus, He made it clear that Cisco was deprived of chiks and I shouldnt have my hopes high which I too agreed at the end of that tour :). During lunch I was still comparing the cafe of wipro with Cisco. I met Giri during lunch, an old friend from college. I met Raghu who was together with Seshu and Me in Wipro too. CAme to know that Raghu got engaged he previous day. I came back to my cube and was very happy to be in a private cube with the new laptop and the fancy VOIP. Aby again took me to the IT desk  to get my laptop re-imaged.
It was an exciting day and thanks to Seshu, I didnt feel that I had come into a new company. Its funny how I got to be here with my old friend, Prabhu in my current network got shortlisted to be here, He establised a friendly network with Aby and referred me. Seshu being in my old network put a good word for me. That wasnt the only thing, I did went through all the selection process and joined this Human Network.

End to Applying Thoughts

Posted in Blogroll on February 2, 2010 by prajwalpai

After counting 60 days of my notice period and staying further for 2 extra days, My Last day at Wipro had finally arrived. Subbu had organised a small farewell for Me and Satish at 15.30 and my exit Interview with HR was scheduled at 15:00. I knew it will just be a formality of few mins. The HR person asked me what was the best thing I liked about Wipro,What I think as the ‘one thing’ about wipro which sets it apart from rest of the companies. I went blank for a couple of seconds as I really didn’t have any answer for that. The HR smiled and asked me if given a oppurtunity in future, would I be willing to work for Wipro again. I couldn’t go blank again but I actually had an answer this time. I told I couldn’t generalise wipro as single entity. Wipro for me is the people I have worked with so far and the work that I have been doing here. Wipro as a ornanisation doesn’t offer anything unique which other companies don’t. The thing I liked about Wipro and the thing that made me stay in wipro for close to 6 years are the people I worked with in wipro and the friends I have made here. I told her that my friends in wipro were one of the reason for my long stint at wipro.

I had never imagined how my Last day at wipro would be, I had seen many people getting very emotional on their last days. I never in my wildest imagination visualised myself getting any bit emotional. The farewell was a small affair and the attendees count had decreased by each event. This crowd was as small as it could get i believe. I was very content by the crowd cause Kumar and Satish could make it and I shared my strongest bond with these two people. I did miss few of my close people but I was too happy and almost nothing could upset me that day. It went all nostalgic with everybody talking about me and Satish and naturally they only had good things to say. It was no surprise that the farewell lasted for more than 2 hours and everybody had a smile at the end.

It was a mixed feeling of letting go of something that I had held for more than 5 years. To be honest I was not sad at all for leaving Wipro, On the contrary I was happy to be out of Wipro. The only reason which could make me upset was about leaving my friends but I knew that our friendship was beyond the project or company and so I had no reason to be sad. It my defence mechanism I think, i can ‘imagine’ a faint silver lining most of the times in all dark clouds.

I had seen most people getting emotional when the stories are recounted but I had a grin on my face the entire day. I couldn’t help but smile that I had enough of ‘Applying Thoughts’ and somebody was waiting to tel me, “Welcome to the Human Network” 🙂