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Advice about choosing a job

Srinivasan Ramakrishnan
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Joined: Jun 16, 2012
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Hi All,

I have around 3+ years of experience in Java/J2EE. I currently work for a CMMI Level5 company. I was recruited from college campus. Off late I find a urge to change company. Now I have an offer with a Not-So-Popular product based company but i am offered a very good package. Also the job prospective seems to be really good. I have following queries.

1. I tried asking many people about this company, but none seems to be knowing it. I tried googling out, I couldn't make out much regarding the stability of the company. Is there someone who could help me if i PM the company name.?

2. Am moving from a CMMI level 5 company, what would be the impact .?

3. Since my prospective employer is not very known (atleast to my perception), what would happen if i plan to switch say after 2-3 years. Will i be atleast short-listed assuming my profile matches the JD. Is there any chance that I wont be considered because of my company name and things.
Anayonkar Shivalkar
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Hello Srinivasan Ramakrishnan,

Welcome to CodeRanch!

Srinivasan Ramakrishnan wrote:Off late I find a urge to change company

Why? Is there anything wrong in current company, or is it just money? Please note that very very rarely you'll get everything at same workplace. If you are gaining the money, you'd be losing something - say work pleasure, or big title, or something else. Please make sure if you are ready to do the tread-off.
Srinivasan Ramakrishnan wrote:1. I tried asking many people about this company, but none seems to be knowing it. I tried googling out, I couldn't make out much regarding the stability of the company

Well, suddenly, red flag went up in my mind. Of course, it might be a very good company, but for an IT company, if there's not much information available on internet, then it is quite strange. You should be very careful about it - and if you choose to attend the interview, you can outright ask them this question - why don't I see much data about your company on the internet?
Srinivasan Ramakrishnan wrote:2. Am moving from a CMMI level 5 company, what would be the impact .?

Nothing. As long as company is good, and your resume and skills are good, nobody really cares about CMM levels these days. Of course, level 5 is good - no doubt, but that doesn't mean that level 3 is bad or something. Just FYI, Google is not a CMMI level 5 company Do you think that someone will not hire ex-Google employee, just because of that?
Srinivasan Ramakrishnan wrote:3. Since my prospective employer is not very known (atleast to my perception), what would happen if i plan to switch say after 2-3 years. Will i be atleast short-listed assuming my profile matches the JD. Is there any chance that I wont be considered because of my company name and things.

Well, even if prospective employer don't know about your company, they will try to find out. Only things matter here are - that you don't fake anything (you have actual experience, and the company is legitimate etc.) and that you have the knowledge about those technologies.

I hope this helps.


Regards,
Anayonkar Shivalkar (SCJP, SCWCD, OCMJD, OCEEJBD)
Srinivasan Ramakrishnan
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Joined: Jun 16, 2012
Posts: 3
Hi Anayonkar,

Why? Is there anything wrong in current company, or is it just money? Please note that very very rarely you'll get everything at same workplace. If you are gaining the money, you'd be losing something - say work pleasure, or big title, or something else. Please make sure if you are ready to do the tread-off


I prefer for a shift for good learning as well as better compensation. As far as JD is concern, i find it very impressive, with lots of scope to learn new technologies.

Well, suddenly, red flag went up in my mind. Of course, it might be a very good company, but for an IT company, if there's not much information available on internet, then it is quite strange. You should be very careful about it - and if you choose to attend the interview, you can outright ask them this question - why don't I see much data about your company on the internet?


I don't find much information about the IT division. This particular company has good reputation in US among small companies. I did questioned about this during my interview, but they told me they are better known by there products. The company is listed in US stock markets.

Nothing. As long as company is good, and your resume and skills are good, nobody really cares about CMM levels these days. Of course, level 5 is good - no doubt, but that doesn't mean that level 3 is bad or something. Just FYI, Google is not a CMMI level 5 company Do you think that someone will not hire ex-Google employee, just because of that?


Agreed.

Well, even if prospective employer don't know about your company, they will try to find out. Only things matter here are - that you don't fake anything (you have actual experience, and the company is legitimate etc.) and that you have the knowledge about those technologies


Fine.

I hope this helps.


Thanks a lot for your suggestions. Trying to figure out more about the same.

Since this being my first change, I have many questions and just trying to make sure before shifting company







Anayonkar Shivalkar
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Srinivasan Ramakrishnan wrote:I prefer for a shift for good learning as well as better compensation. As far as JD is concern, i find it very impressive, with lots of scope to learn new technologies.

Well, I'm not suggesting that you should not switch the job. My only point is - make sure that you are ready. It is absolutely acceptable that at some point of time, there is a saturation level and we just don't want to be in that 'comfort zone' and that all we want is a change. Just make sure that you do your choice carefully.
Srinivasan Ramakrishnan wrote:The company is listed in US stock markets.

Red flag down You didn't mentioned this before If this is the case, then you can have access to their financial records very easily on any stock market related website.
Srinivasan Ramakrishnan wrote:This particular company has good reputation in US among small companies.

I'm not surprised. Generally companies listed on stock market are quite descent ones.
Srinivasan Ramakrishnan wrote:Since this being my first change, I have many questions and just trying to make sure before shifting company.

Agreed. And you should ask these questions during every job change.

If JD is good, if there are learning opportunities, and if company is descent (a public company in US), then at superficial level, I don't see anything negative. Of course, it would be your decision only.

All the best!
arulk pillai
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Here are some tips to choose from multiple job offers --> http://java-success.blogspot.com.au/2007/10/how-to-choose-from-multiple-javaj2ee.html


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