SORRY 2009 Passouts :::SATYAM

After Wipro showing the door to 1,000 employees and news about TCS planning another round of layoffs, it seems it’s pink slips time at Satyam Computers.

Hyderabad-based company has reportedly given pink slips to some 400 engineers and associates at its Hyderabad, Pune and Visakhapatnam centres.

According to earlier reports, the company has sacked 150 experienced employees from the Hyderabad centre who were on bench. The report says that most of those sacked are in the ‘S’ band, indicating that they had at least two to five years of experience.

Terming it as a routine exercise, company’s global head, HR, SV Krishnan said, “Giving pink slips to those in the ‘S’ band was not out of the ordinary and we do this as a matter of employee evaluation and development.”

The company has reportedly also sent out a mail cautioning employees against not turning up at office and preferring to remain on the bench. Also, the company’s management has asked some employees to either voluntarily switch to a contractual agreement (moving from pay rolls) or leave.

According to a report in a Daily this week, India’s no. 1 IT exporter Tata Consultancy Service too is planning another round of layoffs.

Wipro Technologies also has put about 4-5 per cent of its workforce, about 2,400-3,000 employees, under the scanner for non-performance. Company sources reveal that about 1,000 employees have already been asked to leave.
Satyam Computers, which has just started giving pink slips to its employees, could potentially downsize its workforce by a whopping 4,500 employees.

This translates to a little less than 9% of the 51,000 employees that the company employs. Company sources say 1,500 employees have been put under the performance improvement plan (PIP), euphemism for employees put on watch list and asked to shape up or ship out. Apart from this, 3,000 others have not been given any increment in the last appraisal cycle, thereby indicating that their services are dispensable.

“This 1,500 plus 3,000 equals 4,500, which indicates the total number of persons who could be eased out of the company,” the source said.

On Friday, all employees received an e-mail from the company chief Ramalinga Raju warning them, especially the ones on the bench, to not bunk office and be in their best dress code, failing which they may face strict disciplinary action.

Last week, some 400 employees from across different locations were given the pink slip. Sources also indicated that after getting the message many among the 3,000 have also started leaving jobs. But an estimate of the employees who have left is not known.

A Satyam spokesperson said: “The bottom 5% of those who have got a bad appraisal are put under PIP and given dummy projects to prove themselves. If they fail they will be shown the door. But some of them marked for PIP said they have been given very little time to come up as winners.” However, even as it downsizes, Satyam continues to hire new employees in thousands. Over 40% of them are fresh blood just passing out of college.

The spectre of retrenchment is creating panic among employees of the company. “Of the 12 people working in my project, five were suddenly asked to resign, failing which, the company warned, it would fire us. Everything came without warning,” said a techie pleading anonymity.

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