Monday, March 22, 2010

The Final Countdown!

There are people who treat a job as just that - A JOB and a means to earn their livelihood. And then there are those, who find a home, a family in their job and colleagues. My journey of 11 years in i-flex, the second company I worked for, would fall into the latter category.

Before someone comments on the name, yes I know its no longer i-flex. It was CITIL when I joined, and OFSS when I leave, so technically I never joined a company called i-flex and will not be leaving a company called i-flex either... but I'll always prefer to call it i-flex solutions.

It has been almost 11 years now since the day I stepped into the city of Mumbai and reached this building in a side-road (took me a while to find). And the sight that welcomed me on arrival is etched vividly in my mind - a building under construction (VP office had 2 floors then, 3rd and 4th were still under construction) with wooden frames all around it, construction material spread everywhere. This sure didn't help quell the already running thoughts in my mind about the wrong decision I'd made by joining CITIL (more on my entry into the organization in my next post) but anyway, there was no turning back at that point, so slowly I made my way in... to face the music!

That was the day when I became part of a 700 strong organization, and now I have reached the point where I'll soon be leaving a 15000+ organization (not counting the Oracle numbers). In precisely 10 days from now!

Leaving i-flex was never going to be a easy decision for me. My wife always referred to i-flex as my first wife, and even when I'd officially resigned, she refused to believe I'm leaving, firm in her belief that I'll sooner than later retract my resignation. Proving her wrong (FINALLY) is a mixed feeling for sure!!!

Now that I stand on this juncture, moving into my last 10 days in i-flex, I felt it apt to start a blog and share my 11 years in the company, my views of the organization and the people I've known here.

This will I believe give me the right forum to acknowledge almost everyone (almost because I may inadvertently miss out some) who impacted my life in i-flex. Sending those Good Bye mails reaching everyone has sure become cumbersome after moving to Oracle emails.

Friends reading this who may have some pictures that form a part of my i-flex journey, please share the same with me. I'd love to include them in my future posts here.