Bangalore: To power its growth during the present slowdown, Wipro, the third largest IT services company in India, has resorted to certain stringent measures. Last week, according to company sources, an indefinite number of employees have been laid off by the company. An employee, who has been laid off says, "Last week, around 300 employees were laid off on one single day."
Some had to wait for a long time to get back their documents, after being told about the company's decision. The employee illustrates, "I had to wait for more than eight hours to get back my documents, because of the long queue of employees."
Few days back, Wipro had outperformed its larger rivals Infosys and TCS both in terms of profit and revenue growth, in its Q4 results.
The move by the Bangalore-based company comes in the wake of an announcement made by Girish Paranjpe, Joint CEO of Wipro's IT business. Paranjpe had said, "For FY09, we probably have seen five to seven percent of our manpower employed with the IT business being released, as against two to three percent a year back."
According to Paranjpe, the performance criteria have become tougher now, because of the slowing economy. Last year, the company had announced, to put four to five percent of its workforce that is about 3,000 employees, under the performance scanner. Based on their performance some would be given counseling to help them improvise, while others would be asked to quit.
The spokesperson said, "Those who don't clear the 'tests', are the ones who are sent off." Pointing out to similar kinds of measures by other companies, she added, "This type of a move is taken by many companies these days, due to the economic downturn."