Low Pay, 24x7 Work: NIT Engineer Asks Anand Mahindra Why Even Hire

An engineering college student from the National Institute of Technology, Jalandhar took to X, formerly Twitter, to criticise the allegedly low pay and gruelling work hours that Tech Mahindra was offering students during campus placements.

What Happened: Niku Singh, a coder and blockchain enthusiast, tweeted on September 11 to express his dissatisfaction with the hiring conditions offered by Tech Mahindra for the role of a software engineer, tagging CEO Anand Mahindra, chairman of the Mahindra Group.

The terms of employment included a salary of ₹3.25 lakh per annum, round-the-clock working hours, and a two-year bond of ₹1 lakh, according to a picture shared by Singh.

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However, the document also states that candidates who cleared the “supercoder” selection test would be eligible for a salary of ₹5.5 lakhs a year.

The tweet ended with a rhetorical question in Hindi, questioning the company’s rationale behind such hiring, asking why the firm is even hiring. Anand Mahindra was also tagged in the post.

Those who reacted to the post were mostly in support of Singh’s take on the issue, though some pointed out the fact that those who didn’t like the conditions could look for better opportunities.

Why It Matters: The tweet highlights an ongoing debate about work conditions in the tech industry around fair compensation and work-life balance amid a weak job market.

The specific issues raised in the tweet, such as low compensation and demanding work hours, are common criticisms in the industry. The two-year bond condition, which requires employees to stay with the company for a set period, also raises concerns about employee freedom and mobility.

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