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Anurag Chand
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Joined: Jul 27, 2008
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Hi everyone,i am student of b-tech doing my engineering in NIT Rourkela.
This year i am going to sit for placements.As my branch is electronics but most of the companies visiting our campus are It companies like:amdocs,accenture,wipro,sasken etc
So i want to know about the life as IT engineer especially about the working hours in IT.....As i have heard that life in IT is very hectic with very long hours of work.
Can anyone help me urgently as to what is the real situation in IT with working hours?
Also i am preparing for SCJP.Will it be useful for my placements?
Jeanne Boyarsky
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Anurag,
Note that this forum doesn't allow discussion of specific companies, so don't expect to find a reply on work hours at specific places.

The number of hours in IT varies extensively by company. At least it does in the US. I would be surprised to hear if it was otherwise in India.

Many people find the SCJP useful in interviewing as it shows you have obtained a certain amount of knowledge in Java.

One small note - please read this entry for why it is better not to use the word "urgent" in forum posts.


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Working hours vary from company to company and project to project. Some projects do have unrealstic deadlines due to its mission criticality, etc. It also varies from time to time. The best thing to do is ask the employer at the time of interview. Interview is a two way process and some fail to ask the right questions upfront to choose the right job.


IMO, Certification is a handy thing to have for the starters, but do not get overly obsessed with it.


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Gabriel Claramunt
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Just curiosity: don't you prefer a job more related to electronics?


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Deepak Bala
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Originally posted by Gabriel Claramunt:
Just curiosity: don't you prefer a job more related to electronics?


Some candidates do not get selected in the institution and major of their choice. This means that they either have to settle for a better institute with the wrong major or the right major at a lower ranked institute.

When companies come to recruit, depending on what level of knowledge they are looking for they either select candidates with very little knowledge on CS or with intermediate knowledge. The major you are taking is of no relevance.

I find that this is true at the job as well. I have worked with CS majors that asked me 'how to I use a for loop ?' and people from IIT that have caused major havoc to the systems

That aside, the number of working hours depends on how much work there is to be done and the company and project that you are working for. Last year for example, I had to spend 18 hour days in the office fixing bugs at 4 in the morning (this was not on a daily basis of course). This year is a little better and I am able to leave on time or a little later.
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Jayadev Pulaparty
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Originally posted by Deepak Bala:


I find that this is true at the job as well. I have worked with CS majors that asked me 'how to I use a for loop ?' and people from IIT that have caused major havoc to the systems



I guess you learn pretty abstract concepts in CS which are pretty challenging. Also, can you please explain your remark on people from IIT. Just curious to know what you meant by that

Originally posted by Deepak Bala:

That aside, the number of working hours depends on how much work there is to be done and the company and project that you are working for. Last year for example, I had to spend 18 hour days in the office fixing bugs at 4 in the morning (this was not on a daily basis of course). This year is a little better and I am able to leave on time or a little later.


In almost every project, we need to flex our muscles at times to cater to emergencies, but we also need to make sure that that's not the general norm. In general, some companies are known for their hectic work culture. If we are not comfortable with that, better avoid them rather than repenting later. Its your life and you shouldn't let anyone else call the shots.

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Deepak Bala
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I guess you learn pretty abstract concepts in CS which are pretty challenging. Also, can you please explain your remark on people from IIT. Just curious to know what you meant by that


My comment was not particularly targeted at CS majors or IIT graduates. A person's skill is not dependent on their degree or institute.

to make sure that that's not the general norm


Yep. If its company policy to stay at work 12 hours a day, stay away. Its unlikely you will find a company with a policy like that. Getting a feel for how the company work timings / work pressure are will always help.
 
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