Monday, December 07, 2009

3 wonderful years in GODREJ...



Let this one post be a quick summary about the time i've not been blogging. 3 sweet year. my association with godrej.

Joined in the month of oct 2006 and worked there with full satisfaction till Jul 2009. had to quit for my MBA at IIT Madras (will come back to that later).

I joined the MHE division of Godrej as a graduate engineering trainee (GET) and then became Executive - Sales and resigned from the company as Senior Executive -Sales. Job was not easy, not at all boring, and definitely not discouraging or demotivating. I had visited allmost all the major manufacturing companies in the regions of tamil nadu and pondicherry. And with my kind of profile i had to deal with various kinds of people in organization ranging from CEOs to Security guards. The amount of learning I got from this sales job cannot possibly be measure with any nominal or ordinal scale... [:)]. it was huge and beyond measurement. pls keep reading for justification...

My profile involved selling industrial equipments in B2B market. some of those were niche equipment. and selling them was a task as huge as the 'mount everest'. honestly not exaggerating... lots and lots of cold canvassing, client visits, discussions and not to forget the travelling, were involved in closing orders/deals. the strike rate was 1/100. If you meet (not contact) 100 prospects, 20 of them will show interest, 10 of them will be genuinely interested and call you for techno - commercial discussions. and finally one guy will buy your product. and that is not easy. this situation was common among all sales guys in this particular market. this is mainly due to the intensive competition from many local player who were ready to give similar products at half the price... what to do... life is not fair after all. But when you get an order in this kind of business, let me tell you, you feel like god. the happiness, satisfaction, sense of completion, pride etc cannot be explained with words of any language known to man...

Inspite of poor strike rate I was considered a hero in my organization (trust me) as I was selling products which were considered very difficult to sell (once again trust me). one of them was a traded product from America, for which godrej was the distributor in India. My collegues are still proud of me for building the population of this particular range of equipments from the scratch (at least this is what they told me...). All my colleagues were extreamly supportive especially my boss (the person 3rd from the right in the above pic). everytime i got an order he used to tell me to have a beer that evening [:]). he was my first boss and in my opinion the best boss anyone can have...

Work apart, the amount of fun I had with my colleagues also cannot be measured. everyone was very close with me and treated me very special. we used to go on combined calls etc. we enjoyed work together. had lots of fun at work and outside office as well. and not to forget the amazing times that we had during the ABP - annual business planing (conferences), that happened once a year. 3 conferences that I have attended with my colleagues one at Ramada - Goa, 2nd at Kumarakom lake resort - Kumarakom, and the 3rd at Orange county - Coorg, were all amazing experiences...
I wolud like to thank all my colleagues very much. I am still in touch with all of them and will be in touch for ever.
Overall I would like to rate my experience in Godrej as 25 (on a scale of 10). - yes you read it correct.

9 comments:

Navin said...

I'm proud of you da.. naan paathu valandha payyan, immaan periya aalu!

Ananth said...

nice read (trust me :-p)

Sasikumar said...

@ Navin & Ananth

Thanks u guys!
actually i have a lot to write abt those 3 yrs! but had to cut short!

Ashwin C said...

Sasi... Nee nallavana illa kettavanaaa..

Sasikumar said...

irandum kalandha kalavai naan..! :(

Ajith said...

excellent sasi man, very interesting blog

Sasikumar said...

@ the man:

thanks dude! but u know that i dont like publicity!

Anurodh Gupta said...

read your blog... it was nice... call godrej for summers ;) i will go...

ok anyways i read that favourite actor one too...but why u narrowing down dear... but yeah you can do so...as if it was female actor then we should not :D hehehe...

Sasikumar said...

@ anurodh alias A:

post on actresses coming soon... keep watching!