Due to the current pandemic, people are suffering and most of the employees are cornered due to the downsizing wave of almost every firm in the country. In the challenging times, we have seen some of the best employees being fired. Because allegedly the company deemed it was an extra expense for them. This generated job insecurities in employees and makes the company culture very uncomfortable to work in.
Though we understand that pandemic is tough but is it really so tough for the companies’ budget that they had to squeeze all the annual budgets? Well, here is a quote for the companies who prioritize shutting down the departments especially the marketing department.
“STOPPING ADVERTISING TO SAVE MONEY IS LIKE STOPPING YOUR WATCH TO SAVE TIME”
It’s a Henry Ford quote. If you don’t know him I would suggest you the ford and Ferrari movie for reference. Now, making a brand loud enough and collaborating with other teams for a better conversion rate is the primary task of the marketing team.
So, before joining any software house in Islamabad get the following data about their business model. Usually, these are the companies with the least employee firing rate among all the software houses in Pakistan.
Software Houses With Their Own Products
Client-based companies are usually the first ones when it comes to firing employees. Then there are some of the companies who just can’t manage their expenses and prefer to cut the salaries of the employees. These two kinds of software houses are the worst among their kinds. So, when choosing the software houses for the job make sure to go through their portfolio page or the product page.
Take a good look at what you are signing up for. Also, from this, you would know if the software house is going to add up something in your skillset or not. Because you would not want to invest your time in eCommerce development after having a degree in data mining. Also, if the software house gives services to the big names or many clients in a specific industry they are less likely to fire often.
Most of these software companies hire young talent or the ones that are still at beginner level. They prefer Investing in the young talent rather than hiring an expensive resource and bloating the budgets. So, more often they avoid firing an employee in which they have invested so much time.
Developers with Good Name in Industry
If you are a developer you would like to join the software house that is famous for its productivity. Usually, these software developers have a den where they have been working for some time and that software house should be the goal for you. These kinds of software houses not only have a no-firing policy but one can also grow into an expert.
Usually, they hire once a year and due to no zero layoff policy, they have a huge team working on multiple projects at the same time. It’s always difficult to get a spot in these kinds of software houses but we are focusing on a zero layoff policy that is imminent. Also, regarding the current situation, most of the software houses with huge names in their vanity bags.
A Good Management Hierarchy in a Software House
You can always get a clue about the management’s behaviour once you visit the office and indulge in one-to-one conversations with the HR officer. A good management hierarchy is the backbone of a good organization. You don’t have to hassle for a task to get done, a due vacation, or some gruesome debate over a simple task with a team member.
Mostly, software houses have opted for agile working regimes. This means they need the tasks done promptly without delays. So, they usually prefer the techniques that are exclusively robust and expect teams to function as needed. This makes them rely on zero layoff policies hiring fresh talent and providing them with the environment to stick to for long periods of time.
Alarming Signs You Shouldn’t Ignore Before Joining the Software House
Here you will find some of the checks that upon not being fulfilled might make you consider other options. These alarms are always better to look for rather than getting yourself into trouble:
Whether It’s a Safe Space For Women
If you are a female and don’t have any experience with software houses I would recommend you to prefer those software houses where there are some women working. This impacts your learning and professional development. Also, you would not want to start on a bad foot, or with a poor skillset. Make sure to ask these questions before signing the contract.
The One’s Who Can’t Stop Talking Trash About Ex-Employees
If they aren’t able to move on from the mistakes of their ex-employees they won’t be able to give you growth and professional development. No matter how good the package is, or the feasibility to approach the job. These kinds of employers are not the ones you would want to enlist in your resume. So why bother wasting your time for them?
Software Houses That Makes You Do Everything
You will find a lot of employers that will force you to do all the tasks in the name of salary. Sometimes they lure the employees with overtime allowance to work more for the company. Tough extra efforts are needed sometimes but these software houses are habitual of this practice. One can always find out about software houses with such routines by having a conversation with their employees or ex-employees.
To Wrap It Up
Current times are tough times and there aren’t many good opportunities in Islamabad to hunt for. As a matter of fact, big names like keep trucking and other call centres and BPOs have had downsized the workforce. But the silver lining is that even now many of the good companies have been hiring and the salaries stayed as promised in some big names. So, all you have to do is to dig a little deeper and find the perfect job to invest your time in.
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