A few minutes ago, I sent an email to Infosys Consulting accepting their offer of employment. They are a great company that I think will provide really good opportunities for me in the future.
For me the choice of company was more than just did they make an offer or how much money (the answers here are yes and competitive), but the type of company I judged them to be.
I’ve always thought that organised groups of people, regardless of their mission – charity or for profit – had the potential to operate in win-win-win scenarios. When done correctly, investors win because the company does great, management wins because they can sleep at night, make lots of cash, and see their visions implemented and employees win through good work environments, reasonable pay and a chance to develop.
Some will accuse me of idealism or wanting a utopian ideal and if investors and management’s decisions don’t keep a key set of values in mind that would most likely happen. When maximising profits – where do the workers fall? Are they only a resource or are they partners in the chain : personnel – management – investors.
Company does well: we all do well
Company does poorly: everyone should equally sacrifice to survive
Personally, I believe it’s a chain. This point can be developed to suppliers and customers and if a company works to get these relationships right then it’ll do great (yes there’s an operating side here but I’m not writing a book – yet).
This style of business is harder because it requires more thought, but frankly good business requires more thought. Profits are slumping? Answers to why need to be addressed at a deeper level, rather than skipping immediately to ‘Overhead or cost of personnel.’ And if we have to remove staff, there better be management go with them (they hired too many people, couldn’t get them to perform, etc) – see balance.
Enough on the pontificating – the summary is that I think Infosys Technologies and Consulting operate as close to this model as is reasonable to expect in a world more complex than a blog article. And, I think there are great opportunities to succeed in that environment.
This time next year I shall have an MBA and be employed as a Consultant. My doesn’t time move quickly.