News that's music to the ear

Vani Doraisamy

CHENNAI: IT pays. Jobs in the knowledge industry promise and also pay fabulous salaries. No more is this news. But, here's one piece of information to show that it pays more than just big paychecks.

For nearly 18,000 Cognizant Technology Solutions employees around the world, Thursday rung in, literally, with a surprise. After having reached the billion dollar revenue in the last quarter of 2005, the IT major celebrated the achievement in style by gifting all its employees a state-of-the-art iPod each.

The sleek Cognizant-branded iPod video gadget comes with a 30GB memory chip and can store 7,500 songs, 12,500 photographs and 75 hours of video recording.

Cognizant's earlier gifting sprees had consisted of cruises to the Bahamas, chartered trains to Pondicherry and chartered flights to Malaysia, all exclusively for its employees.

Talk of living it up!