‘No one is talking about us’

Yogendra Kalavalpalli

6,000-odd graduates recruited by Satyam Computers in 2007 voice concern

HYDERABAD: Their summers of jubilation soon turned to apprehension as the winter approached. What was supposed to be a joy ride into their dream company after four years of toil, turned bumpy as time whizzed past.

For the 6,000-odd graduates recruited by Satyam Computers in 2007, everything was going right until the recession hit, followed shortly by the Ramalinga Raju’s fraud confession. While their initial date of joining was supposed to be June 23 last year, Human Resources (HR) staff of the company deferred the date first to August then to October and finally to December.

“From then onwards their response has been the same whenever we called – We will let you know shortly after consulting higher officials,” says M. Teja. E-mailing didn’t help either. The automated reply: ‘We will communicate about your date of joining with you soon after due consultation’ kept landing in their inboxes each time.

“When we took decisions about alternate options available – another job or higher studies – the HR people used to call and we were relaxed that we will get offer soon,” says D. Rakesh Varma who rejected other job offers during the period. Meanwhile, the last dates for application to various competitive exams – CAT, GATE, JMET, et al – and to universities abroad were long over by the time December set in. Nagging relatives, anxious parents and happily-placed peers added to their agony.

Fostered hopes and unending assurances later, the youngsters were left with no choice but to approach the company’s HR staff and make sure they were noticed and their apprehensions addressed.

The discussion forums of popular social networking website Orkut helped disheartened members located all over the country meet and plan their strategy. Their community, ‘Satyam2008! Waiting for +ve’s’, boasts of 6,087 members today.

“We feel neglected as no one is talking about us while concerns were raised about employees, company’s finances and so on. They are talking to employees internally but not to us,” they say. “We want our voice heard as we are the most affected.”

Another worrisome factor is from next month, these young graduates lose their ‘fresher’ status in the market as their juniors, 2009 pass-outs inherit the title.

“What can we tell our future employers or visa officers when they ask what we did for the last one year?” they rue. “Wouldn’t it lessen our chances during interviews?” wonders B. Deepthi. Dreams blurred, they are caught in a no-good situation.

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