This Ain't Cricket, My Friend...
Talking of winning, it would seem that a few snorts of the Icode team spirit could do our Indian Cricket team a world of good. Perhaps, get them back to winning ways, which at the moment is a "long-time-no-see" situation for our boys in white flannels. Performance should reflect on scoreboards and record sheets. Not in fat bank balances and mug shots on TV commercials. Now, if the Icode chant had been "Yeh Dil Mange More Money" then they too would be playing cricket and development be damned.
This "All Smiles" picture says a lot, doesn't it? It shows a bunch of happy-go-lucky Icode lads and written all over is the Icode culture - team spirit. The perfect portrait of a happy family. Now, isn't that a sort of wish list for our cricket team?
Tejas, one among the four in the picture, expresses his feeling when he says, "When I joined this company 2 years ago, I didn't know exactly what its potential was. Over a period of time I understood the vision of our directors. The fact that we have a phenomenal product gives me a secure feeling and hence the motivation." As a member of the development support team - which is the pipeline between Icode and the customer - Tejas rooms with a colleague and has punched holes in that age-old theory of not wanting to see another colleague's face after office hours. "In fact, at one point we were four of us living together. But later, two moved out after they got married," he adds. Interesting. Colleagues as a community?
Sam Mathai echoes Tejas' feelings. A year ago he got married but until then he was a bachelor, perhaps an avid bathroom singer like most bachelors are (we are just being presumptuous here). They'd hang out together most of the time playing table tennis or a game of snooker. It's a different duet altogether now. Priorities change and with increasing work pressure time is at a premium for Sam. "There are things to be done. We work in a mid day shift too and there are deadlines to meet," reveals Sam. What hasn't changed though is the feeling of unity, at work as well as outside of work. Shows why the attrition rate is so low and speaks volumes on the company's foresight since inception. In fact, Icode is one of those few that held ground when the recent recession took the stuffing out of others.
Rathnaraj is Development Team Leader and another of those to cross the 5-year mark at Icode. With just 5 employees when he joined, he's seen it grow and believes that 'right things fell in place at the right time.' He makes a valid point, "I had all the opportunities under the sun to grow along with this company. I did my part and the company did its part. We may be a small pond and not a big ocean but at the end of the day, satisfaction is much more here at Icode." Ask Ramesh, a youngster with an Engineering Degree in Printing Technology. He then did a diploma in web technology and switched professions when the rays of this sunshine industry tugged at his collar. He says, "Basically what counts is the job satisfaction and how many opportunities one gets, big company or small company. I got all that here and once I realized that this was the right place for me, my natural inclination was to learn a lot." His punch line is of course; "This is as good as Infosys for me." Sam emphasizes the fact that while other companies indulged in frills, Icode invested in development. "And that money is getting us the right people today." They may not have all the facilities that other big names provide for their employees, but there's no famine of any sorts at Icode on the opportunity front.
There's this firm belief almost oozing from the walls of Icode. They have some phenomenal products and a big, potential market out there. Undeniable, Icode has the sustainability factor working in its favor. And holding hands with the management is a committed workforce marching together on the road ahead.
But then, let's not forget, this isn't cricket. "There are still many more miles to go..."