Get a peek into what Infosys means to its employees, what they feel as Infoscions, and what they believe makes it one of the world's best organizations. This section will continue to feature some of their best documented accounts of Life at Infosys.
THE QUEST TO MAKE AN IMPACT
However trivial they may sound, these two words have pushed humans to achieve incredible feats. From the invention of the wheel to our push to put humans on Mars, they have made possibilities infinite.
Speaking of incredible human feats, it’s heartening to see how we are coping with the pandemic. I see a similar pattern at play. Day in and day out, inspired minds are working on a plan to emerge from this situation even stronger. I see this spirit of resilience in my partners at Infosys. And the inspiration to build what’s next is irresistible.
Here are some of the things my colleagues are doing that inspire me:
Technology is the tool that we use to help people – and the biggest businesses and their customers are counting on Infosys to make their future possible. By pushing the limits of Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Data and Analytics and everything else in between, Infoscions are making the world a better place. They are moving forward and taking the world with them.
Right now my colleagues across the globe are building resiliency for their clients with tailor-made “Return to workplace” solutions. When you have this spirit of entrepreneurship, and also the knowledge and belief of what technology can achieve, you tend to look at the world with greater optimism.
I’m proud to be powered by Infosys and to join my colleagues in answering What’s next?
IMAGINE A CAREER ON SKATES!
The good part about working with Infosys is the sheer variety of people you get to meet and collaborate with. The best part is what you get to learn from them. In my rather short stint of here, I’ve already come across many enterprising colleagues who are thriving in a mutually beneficial relationship with Infosys.
Unequivocally, they opine that aligning their vision to that of the organization has done the trick. What’s more, they have got the tools, support and opportunities they need to navigate their career even further. On probing more, I’ve discovered some common paths they continue to tread on.
They most certainly start with Lex, the learning platform that enables you to learn new technologies on-the-job. It offers you opportunities to re-skill or upgrade to new technologies and earn new digital skills relevant for the business. High performers in Infosys get rewarded, within 12 months of joining a project, with an opportunity to move to a new project based on their skills and career interests. Talk about a career on skates!
Meanwhile, you also get a personalized showcase for your achievements and experiences so you can apply for opportunities in other projects or career streams through internal job postings on our career navigator platform called Compass. You guessed it right. It’s the ‘skating rink’ for careers.
There are also structured interventions for you to avail hands-on training required for the new role within the organization and move up the value chain. Bridge Programs come with a guarantee of role change with associated compensation change. From a technical role, you can move into design, consulting, or become a power programmer.
Together, Compass and Bridge Programs enable you to explore skill-based roles at various stages of your career. For example, you can upgrade your skills to become an Agile Coach or a Data Scientist. Skateboarding anyone?
As you move your career forward at Infosys, based on your performance on the job and the potential you create for yourself through continuous learning, you get mentored for your career growth, you get exposed to global experiences, client interactions, and leadership forums. And the best of you are enabled by the Infosys Leadership Institute to develop leadership strengths to head a function or enter c-suite.
What Infosys offers you is more than just a career. It offers you lifelong employability for wherever your life may take you. What I’ve realized is that when you, as a professional, agree with your organization on what mutual success is, no career will ever stand still.
Skate away with Infosys!
EMBRACE. ENGAGE. EXCEL – THE INFOSYS WAY
With the world of business rapidly evolving, your clients and mine are determined to stay ahead of the curve. With digital technologies at their fingertips, clients are leveraging these to continuously innovate and stay relevant. Digital transformation can only be successful if the organizations have the right digital skills and environment for learning.
The digital economy is creating a huge demand for specialized skills that are in extremely short supply; and this is leading to a skill crisis. But, as we have come to see, knowledge or digital economy is a great leveler. It has shown us in more ways than one that no one is as strong as the all of us.
The best way to handle the skill crisis and other challenges of digital driven knowledge economy is to be all inclusive. I’m proud to say Infosys is at forefront of providing opportunities that matter.
100+ nationalities from 200 different locations from around the world make up Infosys. Employees are not only our biggest assets but a key stakeholder. None of the amazing things we do at Infosys would be possible without an equally amazing culture, the environment in which to do them, one where ideas can flourish, and where you are empowered to move forward as far as your ideas will take you. This is something we achieve through cultivating a culture of inclusiveness and openness, and a mindset of exploration and applied innovation. We provide our employees with a work environment that is safe, secure and free from discrimination. They work in an environment that fosters mutual support and team spirit ensures the achievement of organizational goals and personal employee goals are synced and in agreement with each other.
While the workplace is changing, so is our workforce. We have identified the digital skills essential for our people to thrive and create learning paths for them. Through trainings, hackathons, lab hours, apprenticeships and on-the-job experience. We are also bringing a mobile-first convenience to our ways of working with an umbrella of on-the-go applications.
Across the globe, Infosys is committed to ‘going local’ to strengthen our profile as an employer of choice and be part of the local ecosystem. Recently we announced, Reskill and Restart - a free, online platform that brings together employees, trainers and employers in a guided journey that begins with aptitude and skills assessment, followed by curated job-specific skills training, and culminates in matching people with roles that land them in careers in tech., non-tech. and support functions.
According to estimates by UNESCO, COVID-19 has affected nearly 1.2 billion students and youth globally. The Infosys Summer of Ideas is delivering a purposeful summer learning opportunity for students impacted by this pandemic. Infosys has always believed in lifelong learning as a key strategy pillar for our employees as well as our partner universe.
Diversity and inclusion is a source of innovation and ultimately, business success for Infosys. It helps build balance in workforce, bringing in different capabilities and perspectives. We understand diversity is what makes business efficient, insightful and reliable, and believe in providing opportunities to all.
A career at Infosys means experiencing and contributing to this environment every day. It means being part of a dynamic culture where exciting minds are united by a common purpose to navigate further, together. #ForwardWithInfosys #Infocsions #Infosys
INFOSYS – MY OYSTER
Spam! That was the conclusion my father arrived at when he saw the email from Infosys inviting me to attend a test and an interview. Parents and faith … sigh! But don't judge him so quickly! A commerce graduate with a post-graduation in marketing management was definitely not what the iconic Infosys would be looking for, right? “They must have made a mistake” was thus concluded. This was circa 2000.
Cut to 2019. After 18 years and nine months of being a proud Infoscion, I am filled with just one emotion - Gratitude! Join me as I share some crisp highlights that make me hero-worship this place.
Long before hiring non-STEM graduates was cool, Infosys accepted folks from liberal arts background and wove them into the ecosystem. The organization has an inexplicable way of making you be a better version of yourself. In my first few weeks, I saw all the geeks speak an alien language and got ready to take flight. Then a kind gentleman in Hyderabad development center coached me and said join them, don't run away. Thus started my foray into understanding technology, the IT industry, and what would be the start of a lot of wonderful mentors who had my back (though they never made it easy for me!).
As part of the Education, Training and Assessment unit, I have had the privilege to be close, or rather closest, to the core of this institution, that is, talent development. The corridors and campuses have always been abuzz with ideas and conversations that translated to laying of a strong foundation for the development of talent and staying ahead of the developments in the technology, domain, and the business world. After all, to be a navigator for the clients and business, an Infoscion has to be equipped with the best-in-class learning opportunities.
Let's zoom in a bit more into the work environment. The campus has a way of overwhelming you and reassuring you at the same time. The expanse of the campuses reminds you of the scale of operations and yet the company culture is an assurance that the famous N=1 was probably conceived to reflect the investments made by this organization to ensure each one felt heard and valued. Personally, for me, the work environment was dominated by my managers. Whether it was allowing me to work out of our Pune office during my first pregnancy where I had severe gestational diabetes and needed more care or making me figure out how do we rollout the first overseas roadshow for Knowledge Management in the US and Europe, trust me, my managers knew how to make me richer with experiences.
I can go on and on gushing about how the organization has made me a better version of myself, courtesy the people it has nurtured. But there are some honest confessions too. I stammered and stuttered as a child and still nurture a fair bit of insecurity about my capabilities. But this organization would hear none of it! They made me emcee and reminded me I am good at it, every time, and made the proverb ‘world is your stage’ a reality for me. I did not have confidence to step out to buy a loaf of bread as a child and today this organization has made me travel solo, anchor important business discussions, and chalk out programs which I had never imagined (and I still am pinching myself).
Infosys is my oyster. It has let me be me, even while it was chiseling away at my personality and competency, because the culture is carefully crafted and fiercely guarded to value principles and, for the umpteenth time, make an Infoscion the best version of oneself!
IF IT DEMANDS RESPECT, IT’S INFOSYS.
Recently I came across the news that Infosys has been ranked at no. 3 on Forbes’ 2019 list of The World’s Best Regarded Companies. As I read this news, I could feel a smile appear on my lips and I murmured to myself, “So true!”.
Having spent a little more than 8 years at Infosys, I can convincingly say that it is an absolute delight to be a part of this wonderful organization. And I don’t say that just for the sake of it. There is a definite reason behind why I feel this way and it is the respect that Infosys gives to its each employee.
When I joined Infosys I was pleasantly surprised to witness how each individual is respected for what he/she is. No matter what your level of knowledge or your skills are, the company respects and recognizes your skillsets and allows you to utilize them to the full potential. In fact, it also enables one to learn and develop new skills. When I was a new joinee, I had very little knowledge about my area of work. But my team and organization did not see it as a roadblock. In fact, I was given all the opportunities to learn and master the skills required. The support I received from my team was excellent and that helped me to not only to develop my skills but also excel in my area of work.
The amount of effort that Infosys puts behind each employee is an indication of how valuable each of us are to the organization and that comes from inherent respect in the company.
And this respect not only centers the area of work but also extends to areas like hobbies and passion, gender, sexual orientation, culture, nationality, disability, and other aspects of an individual’s identity. Infosys does not discriminate. It lays immense value on a person’s abilities, knowledge and expertise. It cherishes each employee the way he or she is, and allows each one to be his/her own self. This creates a very positive work environment which plays a major role in boosting employees’ morale and motivates them as well.
Infosys has been and will always be special to me for all this. I truly feel lucky to be part of this organization.
MY INFOSYS AND I
When I heard Infosys is Ranked Number 3 on 2019 Forbes ‘World’s Best Regarded Companies’ List, it only strengthens my aspiration to be the example for all companies to create a more diverse work environment.
At Infosys I was able to create a healthy and productive work environment that is free of harassment, abrasive behavior and bullying. In my role as Diversity and Inclusion Representative, I successfully connect the Indy Tech Hub to create a broader ecosystem of community partners, stakeholders and organization that help to fulfill our diversity objectives. This is done through proactive communication, strong networking and promotion of various social channels and face to face interactions. I also help to develop more effective strategies to recruit and attract a more diverse applicant pool for position vacancies.
I made the choice to place myself in a positive, progressive and engaging environment, one that suits my needs for an open environment to learn and grow, at my own pace. Every day is a new day and learning day with positive start for me at Infosys. In order to keep myself motivated I have adopted these daily habits: motivating myself, stepping up, and staying focused. I motivate myself by having a continuous positive outlook for any situation, I refuse to let others say negative things, I always correct them with positive affirmations. Stepping up requires me to hold myself accountable in situations where I am able to help other. Being a listening ear for employee’s ideas and concerns in the hub. The ability to stay focus on the end goal is challenging in any profession, however for me I find is helpful to write a list of priorities for the day. This keeps me in tune with what I should be accomplishing daily.
At work, I enjoy having real diversity, which means the presence of difference within our contained environment, this has been proven to show an increase in productivity, profits, and employee engagement. Diversity provides a reduction in turnover, improves company reputation and produces a wide range of skills for employees. Sometimes at work you would assume that common culture is enough, but there is a significant distinction in connections with the right people help you to get things done. The way people interact with each other strongly influences the working environment. 'Face' and long-term effects are taken into consideration.
Infosys has taught me a lot, especially how to use tactics and techniques as you engage with others. The foundation of that I learned includes being bold it is all about thinking big and making bold decisions. As the famous saying by Wayne Gretzky goes,” Plan as per where the puck is going to be and not where the puck is today.” Having many successful and experienced leaders come to speak at the Indy Infosys Hub invokes so many passionate ideas and concepts that I am excited to share. It’s much easier to love your work when you’re good at it.
In the world today balance is needed in all aspects and many times we all find it hard achieve. Balance is important, I aim to help everyone achieve that balance here at Infosys. I do my best to meeting as many people as possible in the organization and building meaningful relationships. Learning to work with different people, sometimes on endless tasks you'll find yourself learning to manage upwards, spotting problems and suggesting solutions to your leaders. You may seek opportunities to improve things within the organization, even when it's not your direct responsibility. At Infosys I don’t limit myself because I know I am appreciated by my leader and whenever I need an advice he is there.
WHY I THINK INFOSYS IS ONE OF THE BEST REGARDED COMPANIES IN THE WORLD
It’s been a month since the announcement and the news is still fresh - Infosys has been ranked at number 3 on 2019 Forbes list of the World’s Best Regarded Companies. One might ask what this means for the company, its stakeholders, and employees? Evidently, this has evoked sentiments of pride, achievement and so much more. Personally, I feel a sense of contentment and honor to be part of the Infosys family.
Being a renowned corporation in the IT services industry through the years, I remember Infosys caught my attention several years ago for the rapid strides it was making in technologies indispensable today. I imagined what would it be like to join an enterprise of such a stature, what would it be like to collaborate with the bright minds, would the scope of work in such a company enhance my professional experience, and most of all, I pondered what the culture of Infosys would be.
Merely one and a half years into my job as a marketing professional at Infosys while being in the profession of over 11 years, I can say without a doubt that the journey at Infosys has been one hell of a rollercoaster ride. Working here not only brings out the best in you, it also makes you feel confident to achieve what lies ahead.
At Infosys, you are bound to explore the countless opportunities that are not just exciting and brimming with knowledge, but are presented to groom you into a leader. And while you may be deep into your work to ensure you deliver quality work to the clients, what makes it all worthwhile is our team behind us and the camaraderie we share with them. I have definitely found this to be true in my team and all the other teams across the marketing floor. Teams are eager to assist, they hear you out, help you brainstorm, take work breaks over tea/coffee with you, and more, making each day fulfilling at Infosys.
The Forbes’ list rated companies on trustworthiness, honesty, social conduct, fairness to employees, and the performance of products and services. Infosys successfully moved from number 31 in 2018 list to number 3 this year, leaving me feeling ecstatic to be an Infoscion!
MY PRIDE - INFOSYS
Infosys’s respect is my respect. I am proud that I work for one of the most respected companies on the globe! Infosys was ranked at number 3 in the Forbes 2019 list of The World's Best Regarded Companies and I couldn’t be happier when I heard the news.
While it is great to earn a recognition like this, at the same time it is also very important to understand that a lot of effort and hard work goes behind achieving such a feat. My life at Infosys resembles the same where my fellow Infoscions and I put a great amount of hard work and effort to achieve CLIFE, the Infosys values of Client value, Leadership by example, Integrity and transparency, Fairness, and Excellence.
I enjoy each and every moment I spend at Infosys in all areas of life, be it work, team activities, sports or community empathy. Currently I am working on a S4 HANA implementation project. I get opportunities to work on new technologies which help me improve my learning curve. There is an option to work on more than one project and I am also contributing towards development of INFY ME – an app for Infosys employees. There are always new goals to be achieved and my journey calls for that. Infosys is helping me nurture my leadership skills in several areas like group building and team building, leading the team, training interns and new joiners, etc. My career at Infosys is enriching because it also allows me to interact with senior leaders of the organization on various topics.
Infosys laid the foundation of my life as a volunteer for social causes. I lead the CSR team of Infosys Bangalore and this gives me a platform to help the less fortunate ones. We do a lot of volunteering activities across all parts of Karnataka and help students, women and senior citizens by organizing drives, green initiatives, etc. Recently, we launched an initiative where we are providing skill development trainings to the unemployed youth in order to help them gain proper employment opportunity. All this volunteer work also helps me gain a good amount of knowledge and skill set.
All these opportunities and avenues are helping me lead a good and happy work life at Infosys. That’s why I believe that Infosys deserves to be a highly regarded company among its employees and peers in the industry.
INFOSYS – NUMBER 3 BEST REGARDED COMPANY BY FORBES
I was overwhelmed with joy when I heard the news that Infosys has been ranked at number 3 in the Forbes 2019 list of The World’s Best Regarded Companies.
The ascend from number 31 to number 3 spot on this Forbes list is due to Infosys’ trustworthiness, social conduct, best product and services, honesty, and fairness to employees and stakeholders. All this is 100% true regarding Infosys, where great efforts are taken to painstakingly deliver the best to the world. With our brand commitment "Navigate your next”, we have been successful in helping our clients to navigate to the next in their digital journeys. By enabling AI-powered core, digital-agility at scale, and always-on learning, we have been providing customer delight.
I enjoy working at Infosys because of the company culture and values. Infosys upholds its employees, clients, and stakeholders by founding values called CLIFE. CLIFE stands for Client value, Leadership by example, Integrity and transparency, Fairness, and Excellence.
The opportunities provided by the organization are commendable . Infosys has helped me to learn and grow in multifaceted ways. The training sessions and learnings on Lex platform enables all employees to stay abreast with the latest technology trends and provide innovative ideas. All this enables new thinking and new possibilities to take wings.
Infosys promotes diversity and inclusion within the organization. This allows employees from different cultural backgrounds, geographies, and talents to work together. The team spirit and value of working in unison runs throughout the organization, enhancing overall growth.
Infosys also focuses on employee’s health, safety, leisure and emotional wellbeing by providing state-of-the-art facilities and organizing events, games, sports, competitions, hobby classes, etc. This rejuvenates the body, mind and peps up the soul to excel in all our endeavors.
Sustainability and social responsibility are taken seriously in the company. Working at Infosys campuses is working in a picturesque and eco-friendly environment. Infosys has eco-clubs for sustaining the flora and fauna and donation drives for helping the needy.
The Infosys ranking on the Forbes list has provided the necessary impetus to boost our morale and zeal to outshine and deliver the best services to clients spanning over geographies, in an excellent manner.
I just want to say that Infosys truly deserved this position on the Forbes list of world’s best regarded companies. I am greatly honored to be an Infoscion.
360-DEGREE VIEW OF WORKING AT INFOSYS
I have been with Infosys for past 4 years now. I still remember stepping into the lush green Infosys Pune campus for an interview and I immediately said to myself “This is it and I am going to crack this interview!”. Since then it has been an incredible journey full of learning, teamwork and passion.
An organization’s culture contains reservoirs of emotional energy and influence. I can proudly say that work culture at Infosys is amazing. Infosys gives me a platform to work with a lot of freedom. My team and managers motivate me to give my best each day. The best part is that I have never asked for any particular kind of work. Perfect work that was in sync with my skills just came in naturally. Infosys also provided me the flexibility to change my work location when I needed it. Dynamics of my team give me a lot of flexibility and recognition. To top all this, my co-workers make being at the job fun. Working for a business unit like Infosys Cloud Infrastructure Services has opened up new challenges and opportunities for me that I had never faced before.
I have heard a very popular saying that if employees are happy, clients are happy. Infosys has a well-rounded ecosystem that revolves around employee care. Be it health and wellness, hobby groups, learning platforms etc. Shortly after I joined, I realized that Infosys truly cares for its employees. I first experienced it by the way our managers truly care for us. When a team member stays back late in office, they are the ones who are constantly worried until we reach home safely. The same level of commitment is seen in all our support teams be it transport, housekeeping or food and catering.
Infosys has always given a great emphasis on foundational values. We take our value code CLIFE as a way of life. CLIFE stands for Client value, Leadership by example, Integrity and transparency, Fairness, and Excellence. The value system followed throughout the organization makes working for Infosys truly worth it.
It is truly an honor to be associated with Infosys. I wasn’t surprised when I got to know that Infosys has been ranked at number 3 in the Forbes 2019 list of The World’s Best Regarded Companies. It’s a proud moment. This honor is a true testimony of commitment, passion, and vibrancy that Infosys represents. I am sure that Infosys will win many more such recognitions in the future.
MY JOURNEY AT INFOSYS
I started my journey with Infosys as a trainee. I had heard that training at Infosys is the best and it actually was a world-class training. The trainers were well equipped with knowledge and skills to train and despite the number of trainees, each of us used to get personal attention. That was the time when I realized that Infosys claims what it actually does!
When I was mapped to a project after the training, I was quite nervous and hesitant. But to my surprise, my seniors were very helpful and supportive. They not only answered my doubts but also motivated me to do something out of the box. That’s where I understood my potential to do more than what I am expected to deliver. The training, study-material, assessments and certifications provided by Infosys have helped me expand my horizon beyond my current skill level. The environment in Infosys has always encouraged me to look for ideas and express them openly, because there’s always someone to help you implement them.
Apart from my project work, I started participating in hackathon, where I got to know the skills possessed by different employees all across the company. I got the confidence to showcase my use cases which were appreciated by Infosys leadership.
And that’s not it! Infosys is a very happening organization! I started taking part in activities and events, which acted as a stress buster and helped me become more social. I am not exaggerating when I say that Infosys helped me find the hidden artist in me and I am now honing that talent to become better at it. “All work and No Play” policy does not hold true in our organization.
Infosys has been ranked at number 3 on Forbes’ 2019 list of The World’s Best Regarded Companies. I wouldn’t be surprised even if it was ranked at number 1, because Infosys holds values, wisdom, and intelligence to excel into much more than what it is now. I am proud to say that I am a part of Infosys but, actually, Infosys is a part of me.
INFOSYS AS 3RD AMONG THE WORLD’S BEST REGARDED COMPANIES - MY STORY
Recently Forbes recognized Infosys as 3rd among the world’s best regarded companies. This particular news items brought back so many memories of my 20 years journey with Infosys and I am jotting down a few as I take a trip down memory lane.
The journey started with the grueling 12 weeks training. That time there was no Mysore but a small building in BTM and a defunct factory building in Electronics City, Bangalore as lab. The entire atmosphere was filled with positive energy and the desire to learn for one and all. I was fortunate to have some really smart coders in my batch who became my first gurus as I started learning the ropes of programming world. (I had not coded a single line before I joined Infosys). All the instructors were extremely helpful and kind even as I was learning and stumbling during this period. This was the beginning of my deep belief in those key principles and have now become part of my DNA – Learning, Learnability, Team Work and most importantly to be supportive of people who are struggling while putting in their best efforts.
After the training I was assigned to project which the technology in use was totally different from the one I trained in. It was a tough and grueling 2-3 months where I kept learning on the job as I started immersing myself in the now famous global delivery model that Infosys pioneered then. These initial years further strengthened by belief in learnability and made me confident and fearless about taking up new and unknown roles and projects all through my career.
A couple of years later, I was in a building 100m away from WTC when the 9/11 disaster occurred. I was fortunate to get out of the building on time and I managed to take a ferry to Staten Island before the collapse of the twin towers. Later on I found out that while I got out of the area and was safe, my then manager who was couple of kilometers away from the building went towards WTC to check on me and got caught in the dust bowl which came down Broadway due to the collapse of the twin towers. My HR associate worked round the clock to get confirmation of the well-being of all Infoscions working in that area. Later on I learned that he was giving continuous updates to my parents in India about me. That day I learnt what it truly means to take care of your people.
Many years later, I was leading a key portfolio for a large US-based banking client. This portfolio was tanking for about a year due to client-related budget issues. The CIO of the business was visiting India and we were to meet him over in Mumbai. We had planned for a senior executive ( Say Mr X.) to host him. A few days before the dinner meeting, I was informed that Mr X will not be able to join due to some urgent personal exigency. I was not sure who I might find as substitute host in such a short time. We reached out to our unit head who was based in London. Without asking any questions, he forwarded our mail to his office for tickets booking and then flew down to Mumbai just for dinner and flew back right after. The client must have felt truly privileged. I learnt another lesson that day about leadership and nurturing and building client relationships. No wonder that relationship started growing as soon as the client’s budget situation improved. Many months later, the same CIO commented –“ When I was dropping my business with you folks, you guys elevated the level of engagement with me and my team and that is why you are my first choice amongst all my partners today.”
There are so many more heart-warming incidents that I could share, which I will someday, from my years at Infosys. And when I see this recognition from Forbes for Infosys, I know it is but a reflection of the spirit and passion of Infosys and Infoscions in all we do across multiple dimensions. And it feels wonderful to know Forbes recognizes us for something we have always striven for – day after day – across all these years.
WHY INFOSYS ON THE FORBES LIST FEELS LIKE A PERSONAL WIN
When I saw Infosys featured – once again – in the recent news, this time for featuring at rank 3 on Forbes ‘World’s Best Regarded Companies’, I was not surprised. I just felt the satisfaction and joy of being part of the family which has now been recognized by Forbes for being one among the world’s best. Kudos!
It’s not hard to see why when you see Infosys from close-up, the way I have seen it through my 12-year-old journey that began in 2007. And been part of so many progressive strides that the company has taken in every sphere - be it employee-related engagements or revenue expansion or digital innovation. A journey worth reminiscing!
And yet, I have my own list of personal favorites when it comes to Infosys –
Never short of opportunities or challenges which brought out the best in me, be it experimenting with new skills or taking additional responsibilities, Infosys has helped curate my success story wherein today I am a confident CX Consultant wearing her digital tag with pride. So, when Infosys tops the Forbes list, I feel on top of the world too - personally!
INFOSYS #3 IN FORBES #1 IN HEART
Forbes# 3 Why ?: We often talk about work-life balance – a much sought after, often misinterpreted, hard-to-achieve concept. But my years at Infosys have taught me that rather than strive for work-life balance, one should aim for what I call ‘Work-Life Equivalence’ – the idea that life is work and work is living. It’s not about the hours spent at work or the designations that one can aspire to. Instead, it is quest you have about learning and opportunities to strengthen yourself with skills, the so-called soft ones, are crucial to living, learning, and growing. Think about it, your achievements, your challenges, the way you deal with pressure – many of them are born on the office floor. And then, when life throws you a curveball, you are hopefully strong enough, brave enough, and wise enough to handle it.
I’m in my 19th year at Infosys! A longtime if you think in terms of a corporate career, but young in terms of life. When I look back on my career, there is so much beyond just the projects about the life skills, I accrued. As I grew in terms of responsibilities beyond what were my core skills, I discovered that my learnings first as a project manager, then as an auditor and then as part of the management committee, were similar and could be applied on multiple fronts. Whether it was quality or information security or employee safety, the visibility I gained into multiple facets of various roles allowed me to draw learnings that I could apply to both professional and personal challenges.
An experience that comes to mind was when I volunteered to be part of the management committee at the new development center in Chennai. We worked as a startup! And the culture and ethos of a small company were so different from the multinational I was used to. Not only did I take on multiple roles, but I felt the real passion, responsibility, and burden to succeed! It was perhaps the most interesting phase of my career.
At Infosys, I have handled a gamut of responsibilities – from recruitment on and off college campuses, handling lateral inductions, being a part of hackathons and ideathons, addressing food, transport and employee related escalations, working with HR teams, and interacting with various team members who come from diverse nationalities, culture, language. I’ve enjoyed interacting with multiple people and understanding their aspirations, lifestyle & travel preferences, technology, and career aspirations. And all these experiences are woven into the very fabric of what we call a professional career. For me, it has been my life!
And when you add to this the people, the celebrations – the birthdays, anniversaries, clients wins and successes, the relationships you forge (some for life), you realize that life and work are not to be balanced, but to be woven together, each supplementing the other in a rich mosaic of experience.
Infosys has been the opportunity of a lifetime! When I heard that we ranked #3 by Forbes, I wondered why not #1? Because for me, Infosys has given I think what we all ultimately seek – strengthen life along with work.
INFOSYS: A WORLD WHERE EVEN THE ORDINARY HAS A SHOT AT BECOMING EXTRAORDINARY. THAT’S WHY WE ARE THE BEST REGARDED.
Forbes recognized Infosys as the world's 3rd best regarded company - What a wonderful feeling it is when I read this news!! My family and friends congratulate me for being a part of the Infosys family. And I can’t help but walk down memory lane as I think back to that fateful day in Sept 2016, when my placement results were out and yep I was pulled in by Infosys and a couple of other companies too. I was not quite sure if opting for Infosys to start my career would be an apt decision at that point of time. But then how could I miss that golden chance to live and learn at Mysore DC. It was not so hard making up my mind. And I’ll always congratulate myself on making that decision – one of my best ever.
Very soon the day arrived when I reached Mysore DC with all my documents, medical certificates and an ocean of excitement welling inside me. After the verification process was done, I was directed towards the ECC and gosh, I was most delightfully surprised! The rooms – so plush and perfectly turned out – made me feel like I was some professional star even before I had attended my first class of generic training. Now that's the thing about Infy – every Infoscion – the newbie and the veteran – is treated just the same. Generic training commenced the next day onwards. While I was enjoying the multiplex, the food courts, the infra, the cherry on top wonderful greenery and welcoming weather at Mysore, somewhere in my mind I was worried. Could I really manage to get through the exams? After all, my coding skills were very ordinary. But as the days passed on, the extraordinary training provided by our faculty changed my belief about myself. I now deeply know that coders are not born coding! Lifelong learners make the best coders. And practically every other thing that one can ever become. It is learning and learnability that is key. I can do it too!! An extremely ordinary coder like me, with the constant support of training cleared all the exams with flying colors and was all set to get deployed on a client project within weeks!
But my story as you’ll see goes on. Now that I was part of a project, I could see the environment there was totally different from that at training in Mysore. During training, things were only between me, my trainers and the faculty. But now here, there was a lead, there was a manager, a senior manager, a client. And it was frankly a bit overwhelming. How was I going to cope with it all? But the exemplary work ethics ingrained in the Infosys system and way of being, unbiased opportunities provided to all the team members (irrespective of the job level), freedom to put forth your own ideas, enough space to try and execute new ideas and approaches helped me grow in confidence and settle down quickly. I learnt the in and out of the project which eventually brought me opportunities to directly interact with the client. Soon enough I was managing project requirements, which only served to build up my confidence even further.
Infosys has not only given me progressive career growth but also the fallback of deep professional and personal values. It has just been 3.4 years for me at this iconic company, and a long adventure ahead! I say, bring it on. It only makes me think deeper and aspire to get higher and pave the way for us all to be at #1 on THE LIST very soon!!
ONCE AN INFOSCION, ALWAYS AN INFOSCION
It was not so long ago when I was telling a friend how Infosys holds a sweet spot in my heart, and just about a week later came up this wonderful news of Infosys being ranked as number 3 on Forbes "World's best-regarded companies". I wonder if anyone out there was listening to what I was saying and how I was describing Infosys!
I joined Infosys in the year 2016, as an MBA graduate and clearly remember my first step in the Bangalore office where I had to report and the feeling was heavenly! I had seen no office such as this – not even in my wildest dreams – as I soaked in all that was in front of my eyes - cool buildings, food courts, infrastructure, greenery, in-house facilities like gym, swimming pool, etc. It was absolutely mesmerizing! The next step was to settle in the company guest house which we call our ECC (Employee Care Center)! No less than a five-star hotel room, it was an amazing experience!
Post this, I started meeting people, humble and welcoming even though highly accomplished and bearing fancy titles, which made me realize why Infosys so easily finds its way into people’s hearts! By the way, I have a lot of friends and relatives who have been associated with Infosys in the past and even after no longer being a part of Infosys, the Infosys in them is not dead, which clearly explains why everyone says - Once an Infoscion, always an Infoscion!
Yes Infosys became my second family. And yet, I want to be able to explain that highly emotional response with rational reasoning that anyone can appreciate and relate to. Infosys as an organization, very clearly understands the needs of its employees and is flexible enough to recreate its policies as would best fit its employees. Highlighting the key areas which are close to my heart - work-life balance, exposure to grow each day, mentor-like managers and extreme focus on the wellbeing of employees
Speaking of work-life balance, Infosys understands the importance of both work and play. On the one hand there is ample opportunity to learn and explore multiple domains to become a true professional, on the other hand, there is this empathetic understanding of the stresss in today's world and so the offer of in house facilities like yoga, zumba, gym, aerobics, swimming, badminton and many more fun activities and contests within the campus.
Infosys runs multiple clubs and drives many initiatives that help you build your skillset, puts you in touch with great experts to broaden your horizon and shine like a true star! You just need to show the zeal and then there is nothing stopping you at Infosys!
You know, I've heard a lot of people say that an employee leaves his/her manager and not an organization! I have a completely different viewpoint from this based on my experience. In this short span with Infosys, I have worked with three managers, and I cannot name a single one from whom I did not learn. They have all been great guides and mentors to me. They have supported me and helped me get where I am today. They have never stopped me from participating in any initiative or activity, rather have encouraged and motivated me to try new things – both at work and outside!
Last and the most important aspect that I have come across in Infosys is its policies towards employee wellbeing. Irrespective of gender, Infosys is very strict when it comes to employee safety. Be it sexual harassment, leaving late from office, gender equality, etc., if you are in Infosys you are in safe hands. Now as I write this, I can recall an incident that happened within one year of me joining Infosys. It so happened that due to some political issues in Karnataka, it was declared as "Bandh". There was a huge ruckus on the roads and a panic situation in the city. And, my parents called and said, and I quote, "Beta, if you've not left Infosys, better stay in the campus because we feel that the campus is much more safe than even your home!" Though they were 2400kms away from me, they had this assurance that Infosys will take care of their daughter no matter what! I wonder if any other company out there could ever instill this level of trust in an employee's family!
On this note, I would conclude by saying, "Infosys is a workplace which grooms you like a teacher, protects you like a parent and comforts you like home."
#Infosys #Mystory #thebestcompany #feelslikehome
This is what that has been happening at Infosys in recent times and with our rankings in this year’s Forbes list of world’s best regarded companies. Being ranked 3rd among the global players, is a great achievement. This is a testament to the company’s focus on key areas, wide range strategic initiatives, developing strong and diverse workforce, and in delivering world class solutions for our customers.
As delivery leaders, we see a culture shift in our approach of IT Services with Digital Transformation at the center stage. Specifically, in the U.S. the formation of regional technology and innovation hubs, having diverse people from different backgrounds, partnering with leading universities in developing talent pool in new-age technology areas such as Cybersecurity, Data & Analytics, AI, etc. are examples of some of the steps that give us the competitive advantage and put us ahead in the market.
One of the things that I like the most about the company is the ‘platform of opportunities’ that it provides to work across many technology areas, industry and business segments, and geographies around the world. In many cases, this ability to move across is a life changing experience. It enables all Infoscions to learn, grow, and steer their career to stay relevant in today’s fast changing business and technology landscape.
The other important aspect is our culture, that goes beyond a typical corporate-employee relationship and focuses on holistic aspects of engagement and belongingness. Whether it is at development centers in India, or at the hubs in the U.S, we have opportunities to engage in client site projects, internal projects, innovation items, groups and community events, and many more. The dynamics, energy, and passion of our teams to make things happen, is noteworthy.
Personally, I have worked with so many inspiring leaders and mentors who have shaped my professional career and in some of them I have found good friends for life. I also consider myself lucky to have had very talented, knowledgeable, relentless team members who helped us navigate through difficult and tough situations.
In the last 14 years at the company from starting at state of the art learning facility in Mysore, to learning new technologies and domains, to helping deliver cutting edge services globally in niche’ areas of Cyber Security, I have witnessed how Infosys has evolved over these years and has aligned itself to changing needs of the market. Back then, it was, and still remains, one of the top companies in India to work for and one that is regarded very highly among the corporates. It is therefore, so encouraging and satisfying to see that recognition getting expanded at a global level now with us being in the top 3 in Forbes rankings.
I like to congratulate everyone at the company and wish for continued success. This is our proud moment and we will scale much higher in years to come!
CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE
Since I was young, I’ve had a wide variety of interests. It was vet medicine, crochet, web design, music, brain teasers and much more. Over the years, I’ve considered different career paths from marine biology to cultural anthropology to sociology to forensics. What do all of these interests have in common? - Creativity, problem solving and constant curiosity. All traits needed for programming.
I was introduced to programming in high school. My computer science class was taught by a very enthusiastic, eccentric man. And, oh man, was that enthusiasm contagious! He showed me how cool programming can be. He taught me how to pay attention to detail and how to think out and solve problems/bugs for myself. He showed me how I could type some things on the computer and make something great!
Junior year came and it was time to choose my major. I closely considered marine biology. But, me being the millennial that I am, thought, “This is too focused. I need something with more options in case I change my mind.” Then I thought of computer science. How perfect? Computers are everywhere. We need programmers everywhere. With computer science I could be a part of any field I’d like, including marine biology. And thus, Vanessa the computer scientist was born.
Throughout my time in computer science, an organization called the National Society of Black Engineers has been very important to me. This organization not only helps me excel but allows me to help others excel. One evening, I was at a NSBE Professionals Christmas party. I had recently transitioned from my collegiate chapter so I didn’t really know anyone yet. It was heading towards the end of the night and I was waiting for my ride so we could leave. They were taking a while so I said, “Let me stop being awkward and actually go socialize.” So I walked around and asked some people if I could sit with them. We chatted a bit and I realized that I was sitting at a table full of Infosys recruiters. (Who, by the way, were invited for this particular event and I would not have run into otherwise.) I chatted with them some more and one saw potential in me.
I was hired on at Infosys and was sent to Connecticut for training. Training was really fun for me. I called it college 2.0 because it felt like school but way more fun and no homework! I loved it because I love learning! The people in my training group were pretty great. There were many laughs shared between us. The training was challenging at times but nothing I wasn’t prepare to try and tackle.
After training, I was assigned to the Infosys Center for Emerging Technology Solutions or iCETS for short, where we look into emerging technologies and see how we can use those to solve problems and enhance experiences. And wow, I don’t think I could have been assigned to a cooler department. I get to be on the cutting edge of technology. I get to be a direct influencer in the new technologies that Infosys invests in. I get fun toys to play around with like virtual reality and augmented reality headsets, Alexa and much more. I get to be in front of top clients showing them the possibilities. I get to be at the forefront of the action seeing people gaze in awe and wonder at the experiences we have developed. Like my colleague said, being in iCETS is like a choose your own adventure game. I can choose exactly what I want to learn/ look into. And I feel that is true for most of Infosys. If you don’t like what you are doing currently, there are people that will work with you and help you find something more suited to your interests. All in all, I don’t I could have found a more interesting job fresh out of college. I get to apply creativity, problem solving and constant curiosity. I feel that I can grow exponentially in this position and I feel that is true of lots of positions at Infosys. So it’s no surprise to me that Infosys was named the 3rd Best Regarded Company in the World by Forbes. I am really grateful for all of the experiences in my life and to be working at such a highly regarded company. Much love and keep on adventuring folks!
INFOSYS – A COMPANY THAT CARES FOR ALL
It was one of the usual evenings last month while some of my Infosys colleagues and I were having an online quiz session on our WhatsApp group. One of the members posted a question about the company ranked at number 3 on the Forbes 2019 list of The World’s Best Regarded Companies. None of us were able to answer it correctly and when the actual answer was revealed, it generated a mix of emotions from happiness to surprise and from awe to pride. Infosys has been recognized as one of the world’s best regarded companies.
As far as I am concerned, I always knew that I work for a company which is in different league but getting a recognition like this at an international level is no small feat. It requires a lot of hard work, determination and honesty to achieve such a recognition and Infosys has all these qualities, making it worthy to be on this list.
Building an image and reputation is a 360-degree process for an organization. It involves generating goodwill with clients, employees, partners and the larger society as a whole. In my view, Infosys is working hard in all these areas and the value system created by the founders of the company is really helping us achieve this.
Talking about building a good rapport with clients, highest priority is given to clients by Infosys and Infoscions. It is a strongly instilled value by the organization that we have to be transparent and empathetic in our dealings with clients. This is something that I have personally observed during my various client-side assignments. Clients often candidly rate Infosys better that other IT services providers while comparing the level of services provided. Hearing good feedback gives us encouragement to service our clients even better.
Infosys does not leave any stone unturned in the employee welfare area. Every Infosys campus is self-sustaining unit with all the basic necessities available inside the campus itself. These include food courts, recreational areas, medical center, health club etc. Infosys tries its best to provide a stress free environment to the employees by taking care of their mental and physical well-being. Medical specialists often visit the campus and employees can get free consultation from them. Moreover, each employee is covered by a basic health insurance plan, thus making sure that employees are free of tension and committed to their work.
When it comes to giving back to the society, Infosys is a leader in the industry as far as I think. Whether it is initiatives like Arpan or Infosys foundation helping numerous underprivileged kids through book donation drives, Campus connect etc., there is a long list of initiatives where Infosys is trying to play its part in making the society a better place to live.
All these efforts have slowly percolated to each stakeholder and the larger society as a whole. In my day to day interactions with the people around me, I have come to understand that being part of Infosys is considered really prestigious and this really fills my heart with pride just like it makes my 2+ lakh fellow Infoscions proud.
INFOSYS – A NAME THAT COMMANDS RESPECT AND COMMITMENT
Infosys has always been the most powerful, meaningful, and satisfying part of my identity. It’s been my company for the past 15+ years! Working here has always been a proud feeling – something that makes me feel flattered, exulted, and cheerful. These days, it is rare to meet someone who has worked at the same organization for so many years. For me, working at Infosys is not just a job! It is a mutually beneficial relationship standing erect on the foundation of integrity, opportunity, growth, and trust. I have entered the 16th year of my career at Infosys and I feel as fresh, energetic, and eager as I was when I joined this iconic company back in June 2004. This is the precise reason why I am proud of Infosys as an organization.
The honor of Infosys being ranked 3rd on the Forbes List of The World’s Best Regarded Companies for 2019 has yet again proved company’s commitment towards its customers and employees. Infosys has built an image for itself since its inception in 1981. When you think of Infosys as a brand, your heart is filled with positive attributes such as unimagined scale of operations, excellence in software and digital solutions, extremely employee-friendly culture, revered globally for values, unwavering emphasis on accountability and ownership, and steady growth opportunities. I have lived these attributes for the past 15+ years. I am still in awe of Infosys as a company. I always feel mesmerized by Infosys’ resilience as a business house. The way it has continually upgraded its standing in the global market is simply outstanding. Infosys was, is, and will continue to be the most preferred technology and digital transformation partner for world’s leading companies, brands, and businesses.
Infosys is a truly global company in all aspects. Its infrastructure, processes, policies, and values represent Infosys as a place where different people from all over the world feel connected with each other by an invisible thread of integrity and accountability. When I traveled to the US for the first time in my life in 2008, all I had to do was look up the Infosys directory to find out Infoscions working there. Everything else became quite easy for me after that. Within a couple of days, I was able to get a fine accommodation for myself.
Over the past 15 years, I have learned a wide range of skills at Infosys. I have grown both as a professional and as a person here. When I joined Infosys, I was a rookie in the field of content writing. I was barely able to use MS Word for creating content. As time passed, I began to notice that my repertoire of skills was expanding steadily. My seniors and colleagues were extremely supportive. They mentored me and made me feel comfortable when I was striving to learn new skills. And now when I have completed 15 years and 4 months here, my heart brims with a sense of gratitude and satisfaction. The teams I presently work with boast of great camaraderie, unflinching support for each other, and team spirit unheard of.
I have always given more than my 100% to Infosys. And I am glad my contributions to large engagements, promising proposals, key initiatives, and employee engagement activities have always received critical appreciation. This culture of valuing employees has elevated Infosys to a level that is rarely achieved by many other companies.
BORN AND BROUGHT UP AT INFOSYS
Today, as a professional, I am happy and proud of:
I believe all this has been possible because of Infosys.
Infosys as a brand has an amazing culture, provides great exposure and vast opportunities, and has people who are down to earth, humble and approachable. Above all, the employee care by company is just unmatched!
This is the best that I can summarize about “my Infosys”.
Yes, I was born and brought up at Infosys!
I was fresh out of college and I was like any other young graduate. My mind was free, I was full of enthusiasm, eager to learn, and afraid of making mistakes.
Time flies… I still can’t forget my first day at Infosys Bhubaneswar Development Center on 4 October, 1999. It was an awesome experience with mixed emotions, excitement being on top of the list.
During all these years that I have spent at Infosys, I have seen myself grow both personally and professionally. Therefore, being an Infoscion means the world to me. This has been a home away from home.
While I can write a book on my Infosys journey, it is not difficult to list down the highlights that have made this journey worthwhile.
When I look back, the first thing I can recall, is the EnR (training) period. I had never thought I will have to study so much again, even after completing college! But it was real fun and a great learning experience. As the years passed, there was a plethora of opportunities to learn and enhance my skills. Great initiatives that Infosys has been constantly driving, have made a huge impact on the way I think or approach any problem or situation.
I took ample opportunities to learn technology, increase domain knowledge, and to stay abreast with the market trends. And these opportunities did not stop at work. I also hosted programs, participated in cultural and sports events, and nurtured my hobbies and passion. In all these years, I have learnt to work hard and party even harder!
I met some of my best friends and found great mentors and colleagues at Infosys. There have been ups and downs in my journey, but I have dealt with all of those with the help of this wonderful support system.
That is why I consider Infosys being ranked at number 3 on Forbes’ 2019 list of The World's Best Regarded Companies as a milestone to my own happiness. This is a gift for me!
All that I have experienced in my career here has been encapsulated in this prestigious ranking. We will undoubtedly become number one soon!
As I complete 20 years with Infosys, there is only one thing that I feel – extreme pride. Proud I was, when I joined this organization on 4 October, 1999. Proud I am, for carrying the same image and feeling in my heart for all these years. Proud I will always be!
Infosys is my company and I love it!
FORBES BEST 2019 3RD TOP REGARDED COMPANY
I like my job, I love where I work and I enjoy the people I work with and for at Infosys. I feel it is all a blessing. I know that every day I am growing and becoming a better person. So, I am not surprised the company is ranked numbers three on Forbes’ list of World’s Best Regarded Companies.
I enjoy working for Infosys for a number of reasons. One reason is how working here drives me to want to aim for more in life. Before joining Infosys, I did my research and realized I would be working for a vice president in the largest headquarters. I joined the corporate world three years ago, and I have learned so much in that time. I started my career supporting two wonderful managers as their executive assistant. I have learned to multi task better, prepare reports along with financial statements and handle all the duties necessary for the position. My hard work was rewarded with new opportunities to grow with new managers and more duties.
Another reason I feel Infosys’ rank as a well-regarded company makes sense is because of the atmosphere I get to work in delightful environment. The new hub sparks energy and is very inviting. I get to work in an open space that is bright and has a family-like atmosphere. While this may seem like an odd reason to enjoy work, it helps motivate me because I work around others with different goals. With an open floor plan, I get to see everyone each day. We have large windows with a beautiful view. There is a large outdoor courtyard where events are held and it brings all Infosys employees together. The company even offers Indian food, along with healthy food in the cafeteria. It is fun to come to work.
The people who I work around are a big part of why I feel this company is so well regarded. Each and every employee is pitching in their part to make this company stand. I look at my colleagues as part of a giant family. I get to work around IT professionals, journalists, economist, consultants and others with fun jobs. I learn from each of them daily. The learning path goes both directions. I have the opportunity to teach them as well. I feel my work is important when I am helping others learn what I already know. I also work for a company like Infosys because I feel like I have freedom to share my opinion and my VP’s encourage my curiosity about learning. While we all have different jobs duties, we are all in a working environment that helps us all work toward a common goal of uplifting Infosys.
As I have witnessed over the years, Infosys has the need for speed type of a deal as the company is reaching its most peak milestones, but it is so much more than that as an employer. Infosys lives by its motto: Navigate Your Next. This new logo is a way to keep current and future employees driving forward. So the ranking is perfect.