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Monday, August 21, 2017

Saying No Is Like Farting In The Grocery Aisle

Someone asked me How do I become bold, so that others will not take advantage of me anymore?

Short answer to this question is 'Learn the habit of saying No'.

You will not only need to become bold but also become smart and sensitive of human behavior to avoid others taking advantage of yourself. Saying No is first step in the right direction.
For example, if someone asks you “What is your salary?” and you feel uncomfortable to answer this question by saying a direct 'No, I don't want to tell you my salary' then take a deep breath, put a smile on your face and instead of an answer respond with a question “Why do you want to know?” This way you will pass a message that you are not interested in answering this question.
I think there are respectful ways to say no. I read this interesting incident on social media...

"I work in retail while I'm studying, the other day I was working with my assistant state manager we were doing some tidying up and she asked me to hang a string of balloons up quite high.
I just told her I would respectfully do anything else asked of me but they were too high and I wasn't comfortable doing it. She got somebody else to do it. We worked a couple more days together and my my manager received a glowing report once he was back."

Clarity of communication can go a long way. Speaking louder, more concisely and explaining your point of view can really do wonders for getting aggressive people to back off. Your success is dependent in the understanding and mastering of following skills pertaining to human relations:

  • Understanding The Human Ego
  • Making People Feel Important
  • Creating a Good Impression
  • Criticizing Without Offending
Not everyone is born with these skills, but the good news is that these skills can be developed over time by continous practice in day to day life interactions.
To conclude I would highly recommend you read these couple of bestsellers to develop these skills…The Art of Dealing with People and Questions Are the Answers
Remember Assertiveness is not anger. Decisiveness is not anger. Saying no is like farting in the grocery aisle. Do it quickly, respectfully and sparingly and you wont offend anybody.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

How Much Do Amazon Flipkart Software Engineers Earn In India After 4-5 Years?

I first posted this as an answer on Quora, here is the link How-much-do-Amazon-Flipkart-software-engineers-earn-in-India-after-4-5-years. I am posting it here for the benefit of those who have not read it on Quora ...

First hand information received from someone working at Amazon India:
Fresher's 12 lakhs fixed + 3 lakhs stocks and 3 lakhs joining bonus
Senior SDE 22 lakhs fixed
SDE -iii 35 lakhs fixed + stocks
And so on an so forth each level has 10 lakhs delta
So principle SDEs get fixed of 60 lakhs + stocks
In addition here are some numbers from Glassdoor. This is not exactly for 4–5 years of experience but in general the various levels mentioned will give you a good idea.

I hope this helps. I also know someone with 2+ years of experience and a MS from US who was offered $125K per annum from Amazon at Seattle. So yeah if you are trying to compare your salary of a service based software/ IT company to that of a product based software company then you know the answer now.
If you are looking for some tips on salary negotiation, read 5 Secrets Of Salary Negotiations