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Mar 16 2006

A Real Story of a Surreal Guy!!!

Hi All, this is a story of a guy. A guy, who does not actually exists but also exists. Confusing yeah? This guy is not real but he exists inside every of us….. In every IT employee, at least. In every employee without any gender discrimination. Without any color, caste, creed discrimination. Without level of experience discrimination. He lives in every one of us. He is us!!!

There is this guy who at the time of graduating with a good professional degree dreamed of a job that would make him rich from his current status – a middle class. He had all that took to make him professionally well-ranked and highly-paid. After all, he has a good tech degree + he is extremely confident + apparently handsome + good brains (at least others feel so) + the zeal to take up challenge. He starts applying and getting offers but none that appeals. Some good chances are lost and some gained without much of promise. But one fine day, without any hint an offer lands on his lap and the eagerness to start working overpowers the confidence for a better offer. Before he realizes he is there in front of a comp in a well-lit AC-ed cubicle and also in the payroll of a company. Oops!!!

Well, being a very committed person, He accepts the challenge and puts a good step forward. Not the best step though, bcoz in this industry nobody puts his/her best foot fwd but only a good foot. He slogs hard and is promised a confirmation & good hike at the end of an year. As the year comes to a close, the frevor to impress all increases and pushes the otherwise lethargic guy to work hard…….

The final day of his year has arrived. Wow! The day was filled with a lots of forms being filled for the most important and exciting word in the entire industry: appraisal. Having filled all the forms and submitted to the concern authorities. He awaits the next day. Prays to SunGod to set and rise immediately. Too excited to work, the days goes by without much of activity. He hits the bed with a gr8 hope in his head for the next day. In his dream, he sees his manager applauding his effort and gives a very impressive hike. The dream ends with a few drops of tears-of-joy from his Parents. The guy feels proud. The next day dawns…..

He arrives at office in complete formals. Well kempt hair-do. Complete a make-over shift. Enters the office with a huge smile and confidence and hope, ofcourse. He waits for his manager to call him for the appraisal interview. His manager passes by and his expectation rises just to fall. “Oh! Manager has just stepped in so after some time he will call” The some time turns into minutes. Into hours. And no sign of manager calling him. The smile on his face slowly fades. Then the extension rings.

Our Fellow: Hello
Caller: Hello is that you?
Our Fellow: **Manager!!** Yes, Sir.
Caller: Can you come over?
Our Fellow: **Wow!!!** Yes, ofcourse sir.

Our man reaches the manager cubicle……

Our Fellow: **Excellent smile** Excuse me Sir!
Our Fellow:Come in. What happened to the module that you were supposed to finish?
Our Fellow: **Smile fades** (oh! This is about work & not about appraisal) Sir, I am working….. **blah** **blah**

Our man returns with a lost expression. Wonders when is the appraisal gonna happen? The day ends and manager left. He hopes the next day would see his appraisal happen. The next day, the manager does not turn up to office. The third day, the manager is in a client meet, so no time. The fourth day, our man shrugs his shoulder and starts working. The next week, he forgot he was supposed to be assessed and appraised. The next month, the salary comes and goes leaving no doubt that his appraisal is not gonna happen. In the next quarter, the extension rings.

Our Fellow: Hello
Caller: Hello is that you?
Our Fellow: **Manager!!** Yes, Sir.
Caller: Can you come over?
Our Fellow: **Wow!!!** Yes, ofcourse sir.

Our man reaches the manager cubicle……

Our Fellow: Yes. You called me?
Manager: So you have rated yourself pretty high in your appraisal? How and why?
Our Fellow: **What is this appraisal interview????** Sir, actually…. **blah** **blah**

The next month the appraisal results are reflected in the salary slip. Our man interested in difference? Calculates but high-school maths tells him that the difference is ZERO! What??!!!! He realizes that the appraisal results will reflected in the next month results. That is 6 months after the appraisal was supposed to happen. Oh! Great!!! The next month, the difference is again a high-school maths with some few more numbers other than 0.

Few more months goes by without much of interest. Time for next appraisal. From experience, he knows no point in waiting. The things go well (read as nothing happened). A general hike happens. That is, every employees salary is increased. Oh! Is that gonna make a difference? Apparently not. When the hike letters reaches the hands of employees. Every one is busy calculating how much have they gained. Well the result is unanimous. Every body gets a hike enough to enjoy one more meal per month!!! Wow! So much for an IT Profession.

Our considers if he should change his profession. Thoughts of our man:
1. My papa has a nice farm @ village. Neways, no tax for these farmers.
2. Or my uncle has a nice stationary shop and he needs a nice pair of hands to take care of it.
3. Or should I marry a rich gal who is the only gal in the house & live as a live-in-son-in-law?
4. Or try lottery?
5. Or how about breaking into a bank?

I tried uploading an image but was not able to. 🙁

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Praveen

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  1. ~*. D E E P A .* ~

    yessir !!!!

    right u are ….
    this story reflects us .. esp us …

    but these days , appraisals mean nothing … right ?

  2. saka

    maams .. agreed …
    Infact u can even think of high earning jobs like saloon and hotel bussiness 🙂

  3. RP

    @Deepa:
    but these days , appraisals mean nothing … right ?
    Yep. Now-a-days, companies are trying hard to remove the word “appraisal” from the dictionary. 🙁

    @Saka:
    Infact u can even think of high earning jobs like saloon and hotel bussiness 🙂
    Ha ha ha…. Actually, just few minutes ago me & Sridhar were discussing about opening a new restaurant opp to our office…. Office food is soooo pathetic boy I cud write 10 posts on that.

  4. Myself

    hi. goin by the contents of ur post, guess it must be right after ur appraisal . but this post is kinna eye opener for me. i have been brought up or led to believe that the paypackets in the software industry is one of the best . is this post only because of your personal experience else is this the practise in the software industry. request you to be frank as possible as i am really curious about this. am sure there will many more software guys/gals visitng your site . will help if they give their comments also .

  5. RP

    @myself:
    hi. goin by the contents of ur post, guess it must be right after ur appraisal
    It was after the hike. My appraisal ratings are excellent, though.

    is this post only because of your personal experience else is this the practise in the software industry.
    I truthfully cannot comment on this da. Nobody in s/w industry is happy with their hike. But, ofcourse, s/w industry is filled with people who always believe the other side is greener. So will always complain. Actually the environment is like that, every pay-day & every hike-day all the employees of (almost) all the company cry. So its a no big deal. Wut I am crying here is the un-professional manner in which they conduct this appraisals and silly reasons to hold the pay.

    the paypackets in the software industry is one of the best
    On an avg this is very true. Sincerely, I cannot expect to be paid so much for the no-work I do. 🙂 But still I feel the pay is bad. 😉 This is the irony in this industry machchaan. We dont work but we expect exceptional pay and fight if we dont get. But on the same note, lemme tell ye that if work comes by every drop of your blood is squeezed out.

  6. Prakash Venkat

    Iam all for breaking a bank …. lol …. I agree only 50% of what you said … will tell ya why laterzzzzz

  7. RP

    @PV:
    I agree only 50% of what you said … will tell ya why laterzzzzz
    I am waiting….

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