Job scenario in India is a topic that never loses relevance irrespective of what is happening in the field of politics, education, or IT industry. Having a ‘job’ to do is a need that will always persist regardless of what is taking place in one’s personal life as well. However, there are several reasons like salary, work atmosphere or other personal circumstances for a person to change or even leave a job. But in due course, some employees prefer and consider going back to the earlier company they worked for due to various reasons.
Nonetheless, not all companies welcome their old employees back and those who take back ex-employees take several factors into consideration before rehiring. Several current and ex-employees throw insights on the actual scenario of re-hiring in popular information technology companies in India on sites like Quora and Glassdoor. Based on these inputs, let us take a look at the rehiring scenario in five popular IT companies.
TCS, according to several current and ex-employees, does not apparently encourage re-hiring old employees as part of its updated HR strategy. Employees of TCS based on their understanding, answered on Quora as to why TCS has presently stopped taking job applications of former employees. One particular answer that has been up-voted by people says that freshers opt for TCS for it offers more ‘security’ than any other company. However, rehiring after a period of two or four years would mean the company has to offer a 20 or 40 percent hike, instead of which TCS prefers to take freshers. The other reasons maybe to also ensure parity and to reduce attrition rates. This step also may encourage current employees to stay around. The policy, however, can change over a period of time as no HR policy is permanent. On TCS website, the current HR Policy only mentions the guidelines for hiring new candidates, and has no information on that of old employees tying to rejoin the company.
Infosys, as far as one knows, welcomes ex-employees back as long as they parted on ‘good terms’. Several current and former Infosys employees have stated that as long as proper documentations, notice period and genuine reasons were provided for leaving the company, former employees of Infosys may apply to get re-hired. At most, a feedback would be taken from the reporting manger at the time on the performance of the employee. What the salary and designation would be for those rehired, however, is unclear.
Tech Mahindra seemingly gives its employees two options which are as follows: one can join back within 21 days if the reporting manager agrees, failing which the manger will approve deletion of his or her account; or employees can also re-join after a ‘cooling period’ of six months, wherein the re-hiring process will be similar to that of a new employee hiring process, says a current employee on Quora.
Rejoining process in Cognizant is as the same as the one followed for a new job seeker say industry insiders. Cognizant too has a cooling period of a few months, after which an old employee can apply and appear for the interview process.
Former employees can re-approach Wipro for suitable openings through referrals or directly after six months of their leaving the company, says the official Wipro website. T heir resumes can be re-posted through the referral portal.