"I hate trump...," writes another former employee of Cognizant who faced the axe after the appraisal cycle. The post goes on to say, "i remember the day he was elected... never thought it had so much direct impact on my life/career. the orange-face has taken 6000+ people's jobs from just 1 company. More to follow (sic)." The post was on the Infosys Confessions page on Facebook, where all content is published anonymously by default.
Clearly, the current carnage in the IT sector is weighing heavily on the minds of techies and programmers. Another post on the aforementioned Facebook page said, "With the present layoffs, cost cutting, AC/Fan controlling etc..Now mosquitoes playing around in cubicles (sic)."
Even people who have not had the misfortune of being caught up in the pink slip-rain are wary of joining IT majors which have seen mass layoffs. A former employee of Infosys posts on the page that despite being offered a lucrative position, on contractual basis and with a 200 per cent hike, the prospect of going back to Infosys is "completely risky" given the recent spate of layoffs. "May be moving out of Infy was the best decision I made in the last few years (sic)," the post says.
The IT sector has been feeling the pinch in recent months. Late in April, Wipro sacked
around 500 of its employees as part of its appraisal process.
As reported earlier
, Infosys could hand out pink slips to hundreds of mid- and senior-level employees as it carries out bi-annual performance review amid a challenging business environment.
On Wednesday, software services firm Tech Mahindra joined the bandwagon
and reportedly sacked a thousand-odd employees this month.
The churn in the IT sector — which is moving towards increasing automation, use of artificial intelligence and is beset by tightening visa regulations — is likely to affect mid-level employees with 10-15 years of experience the most, as many are averse to learning new skills, industry experts have said. (Read more
Further, Indian IT firms are witnessing their slowest growth in a decade, while global firms are shifting their budgets from traditional IT services to newer areas such as digital and cloud, which require engineers to engage with clients instead of working remotely. Even as this shift takes hold of the sector, automation is increasingly taking over low-end maintenance work, forcing companies
to shift workers to other projects and reduce hiring from campuses.
Screenshot of an anonymous answer to a question regarding the recent layoffs at Cognizant on Quora. Photo: Quora