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I have just completed my BTech. I was placed on-campus in a company(let's say it X) which has a branded name and is a mass recruiter. In the meantime, I applied in a startup company(let's say it Y) in Bangalore. I had 3 telephonic interviews(each of around 1 hour) with them. They selected me. This company has a lot of work in J2EE. And I will definitely get a chance to work on J2EE projects and will learn a lot. While in the company [X], there is very less to learn. Noone learns much and also there is lot of uncertainty about which person will get project on which domain. Also about each person has to sit around 4-5 months on bench initially.
I am SCJP and SCWCD certified. I have a lot of interest in Java technology.
I have decided to join company [Y]. Is my decision right???
If I work in this company 1 year and learn a lot in Java technology, will it help in switching over to some other reputed company afterwards? Since no one will be knowing this company, will it affect my career?
 
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Originally posted by Yatin Gupta:
Is my decision right???


There's no right or wrong decision. Different people would decide different things given the same choices due to differences in values/priorities.


Since no one will be knowing this company, will it affect my career?


Again, it depends. Some interviews will value a company name. Others will value your knowledge and experiences.

I look at it this way: you "vote" in by where you choose to work. (or at least you do if you are good.) Which one would you feel more comfortable in supporting. From your description, it sounds like that would be company Y. Which means you made the right decision for you.
 
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As Jean suggested, it is based on your priorities and career aspirations. I have listed some considerations in bmy blog that may be handy

http://java-success.blogspot.com/2007/10/how-to-choose-from-multiple-javaj2ee.html
 
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Originally posted by Yatin Gupta:
Is my decision right???



Yes, I believe it is a right decision. As a fresher who is required to go through a rigorous learning ordeal, you have made a suitable decision. Big MNCs is not good for freshers as most of the time is spent doing monotonous and often unrelated work or on bench. Go with the startup...next company would look at your acquired skills and work experience.
 
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Assuming you are from India I am sure it is right decision. You are correct that if you join company X you may not get much opportunities to learn and where as in company Y definitely there will more room to learn. But remember that company Y being a small company there might be work pressure but the pressure always makes you to learn lot of things. Target to stay in company Y at least for 2 year and later you can plan to move to some other company.

good luck.
 
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Your decision is 100% right. I assume the company X is a Services Company and let me put it this way - NEVER JOIN AN INDIAN SERVICES COMPANY. PERIOD.

For that matter avoid joining an Indian originated company however big brand it is.

Ideally stick with reputed foreign MNCs of size around 3000-7000.
 
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Originally posted by Sunit Gupta:
Your decision is 100% right.


Please refrain from speaking in absolutes. We know very little about the situation, and even if we knew all of it, still different people would decide different things, as Jeanne pointed out already.
 
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Originally posted by Ulf Dittmer:

Please refrain from speaking in absolutes. We know very little about the situation, and even if we knew all of it, still different people would decide different things, as Jeanne pointed out already.



Ok, will keep in mind

Said it in frustration of the tremendously bitter experiences I've had with and also heard from other people in dealing with Services company in India.
 
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Hello,

My judgment will be based on my situation and such circumstances. So I have always believed that I am NOT the right person to judge another!

But I could mention my past for you. I am a B.Tech Computer Science graduate and passed out in 2002. I joined a rather small firm in Bangalore and I really enjoyed the work as I was involved from end-to-end on the project (from requirement gathering to client interaction). I could certainly say that this experience helped me greatly later on.
I am employed as a Technical Lead with a prestigious consultancy firm now. Speaking from my experience my initiation into software sector through the small firm sure helped me lots!

Cheers,
Raj.
 
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Good learning opportunities are harder to find. In the long run it will pay off since your exposure to technologies would be much better. Get to a point in your career where you decide whether you like management or technical activities (not that they are 2 separate categories). Whichever you choose your exposure to challenges will be better in a smaller company and your visibility will also be better.

Like the others said, there is no RIGHT or WRONG decision. Just factor in all the opinions and come to a conclusion.
 
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