B LEAKS 3 : GREAT LAKES CHENNAI

B Leaks : First of All Thank you for giving your time to B Leaks. I Hope you are doing great.

 

GL ALUMNUS/STUDENT 3  : It’s a pleasure to be a part of an initiative by you. Thanks for the opportunity

 

We know GL is one of the best B-School of India. but please answer all questions considering average placements and profiles.

 

B Leaks : How’s life at GL ?

 

 

L ALUMNUS/STUDENT 3 : Life at GL is a roller costar ride. The initial few months are killing. Life at GL is a roller costar ride. The initial few months are killing.
Morning 8 to night 9.30 classes. Assignments, cases etc etc . So if one manages to sleep 4 hrs even , lucky him/her. But there is nothing to be afraid of. Trust me you are going to love this rush, paced life.
It teaches you so much in such a minimal time. 

 

B Leaks : Which is  the best stream of GL (IT , Fin , Ops or general MBA/PGP)

 

GL ALUMNUS/STUDENT 3 : FINANCE –With a big thumbs up.
Some of the bests of best faculties are here. A person like me who was not even aware of “F” of finance prior to joining great lakes, ended up doing a finance major.
My personal order will be = Finance>Marketing>Analytics>IT Ops

 

B Leaks : How’s finance and Ops domain of GL ? , Is it same as IT? In terms of classroom and placement?

 

GL ALUMNUS/STUDENT 3 :  Finance is one of the best domain at GL. You will have a great pool of subjects to choose from. The faculties all of them are great.


However , if you are eyeing core finance, investment banking type companies for placement- there aint many.
People do get finance role in consulting profile a
lot .But core finance role are kind of rare.

 

IT Ops is a same- It has blend of both of IT and Ops- My one liner for this is
“If you want to enjoy 1 year, with less study pressure and ready to compromise with learning go for IT-Ops”

But trust me paying 18.5 Lakhs for this is not worth at all. Sorry for being blunt

 

B Leaks : It is believed that in 12-15months PGP course, acads is not important, but past profile. So students are not serious in class room study? Is it true for GL too??

 

GL ALUMNUS/STUDENT 3: Acads do not play major role in your placements , except for few companies. However I will disagree with the line that students are not serious in class room study (Except for last 1 month).
Every single person out here is experienced and knows why he/she is here.
Acads doesn’t play role but your classroom learning certainly does.

 

 

B Leaks : In top B Schools, it is generally considered that IITians or students having Work Ex from Consultancy or Big Firms are having added advantage in terms of selection of profiles during summers and placements. IS IT TRUE FOR GL too ?? Hows life for an average or below average students at GL ???

 

GL ALUMNUS/STUDENT 3 : This might be true but not here at GL , there are no IIT’ian out here and very few people from big consultancy firm.
A majority of people you can easily connect with . So there is nothing called average student at GLIM.

No one will judge you here with respect to GPA’s or anything. If you were good in what you did .There is no stopping.

 

B Leaks : What’s your take on  Life of an IT profile vs non IT profile in GL ??? Answer in general and profile shortlisting

 

GL ALUMNUS/STUDENT 3 : IT people certainly have an edge. As most of the recruiter here are IT companies. But this is no show stopper as many IT companies prefer Non It people for certain roles.
However As a NON IT if you are not ready to move to IT sector, Then there is a problem. One has to keep his options opened.
Profile shortlisting is half luck and half how you have changed your CV as per the JD.

My one suggestion will be- Get some seniors to go through you CV once in initial days of placements.

 

 

B Leaks : Is profile shortlisting and placement is a luck ??? (Since few unexpected profile is shortlisted and finally placed )

 

GL ALUMNUS/STUDENT 3 : It’s a mystery for me also. Many a times you will get shocker. But trust me there is no point in pondering such question.
Just makesure you are following the JD;s before applying any company .Understand what the company wants and how you can provide them. These things should be reflected in your CV.
And if you are not getting shortlisted in 1-2 companies ,get help asap. From batchmate or seniors

 

 

B Leaks : How’s 2 years course  GL in terms of  classroom , placement ? And how’s  other campuses of GL ?

 

GL ALUMNUS/STUDENT 3 :   2 year is average.
Pros
Batch Size is small
You are allowed to sit for many companies which come for PGPM
Most of the faculties are same.
Some of 
good companies like Coca Cola, ITC have recruited in past years

Cons
Average package is less
Less
diversity , most of people are from south

GLIM Gurgaon PGPM is a newer college with less batch strength .
Placement is a bit worry there last I heard 30 people were remaining out of120 .

 

B Leaks : Does it becomes difficult for people with weak profile to survive in GL??

 

GL ALUMNUS/STUDENT 3 : Weak profile is a subjective thing. No profile is strong or weak In my opinion.
It is how you present it matters a lot. The quicker you learn, closer you get. We have people with BA ,B Com and experience in small companies getting placed within 4 days.

The one who bagged highest domestic package had an experience in event management.

 

B Leaks :  According to you what is the ideal profile for GL

 

GL ALUMNUS/STUDENT 3 : Ideal Profile has to be in IT industry with experience in domains like BFSI ,Digital ,Big DATA etc and experience 36-45 Months.

 

B Leaks : How’s placement of 2016 – 17 batch? Top 10 and bottom 10

 

GL ALUMNUS/STUDENT 3 : This year placement has been affected a bit because of IT companies reducing there intake. “Trump effect” I guess.

 

As of now 25 odd students are left out of 400 (Excluding TCS Sabbatical)

 

Special Note for TCS Sabbatical- If you are on TCS sabbatical ,high chances are their that you will be going back to same company. As sabbaticals are not allowed for IT companies which automatically restricts them from 80% placement process. This year also we had around 65 sabbaticals and just 8-10 got placed. Now you must be pondering why to take sabbatical then,here are the benefits

  •         GLIM Chennai is tier 1 college in TCS.

  •         The package that TCS offers here is par GLIM standard,

  •         You have a job before anyone else, so focus on learning and keep worries aside.

  •         You will have plethora of roles to choose from ,post joining.

  •         In IT only 2-3 companies offer better then TCS.

 

B Leaks : Are the placement policies skewed towards people with strong profile offering them multiple choices at the cost of the placement of the students with weak profiles? Since we have heard that placement / package is based on profile / work ex

 

GL ALUMNUS/STUDENT 3 : No , Not at all. Except for sabbaticals GLIM is quite neutral to everybody.
GLIM has 1 Offer per student policy ,so no there is no option of multiple choices.
But yes if you are not able to get an offer till the end of placement week, the road ahead are kinda tough.

 

Would like to take few questions of Aspirants (We have shared a doc when they can ask questions) :

 

Aspirant :  What are the opportunities available for people having 2-3 year of exp,

 

GL ALUMNUS/STUDENT 3 : Opportunities are almost same ,only thing is you might have to compromise a bit on package.
Some companies do have more experience criteria but its not a show stopper. If you are good these things hardly matters.

 

Aspirant : Is it possible change the domain ? I am from and IT dont want to go back to hard core it but open to managerial roles in IT.

 

GL ALUMNUS/STUDENT 3 : Yes Very much, most of the IT profile offered are Consultant, Analyst, Project Manager etc..

 

Aspirant : What would u chose between GLIM Chennai PGPM and XIMB HR (work ex it 28 months)

 

GL ALUMNUS/STUDENT 3 : Until and unless you want to do MBA in HR specifically , GLIM anyday.

 

Aspirant : How good is great lakes PGPM for a person with 2.8 years of work experience in IT?

 

GL ALUMNUS/STUDENT 3 : Oppurtinties are almost same ,only thing is you might have to compromise a bit on package.
Some companies do have more experience criteria but its not a show stopper. If you are good these things hardly matters.

 

B Leaks : Please compare these set of colleges and answer which one is best  (in terms of RoI , exposure , stream wise, placement, life )

GL VS IMT – If 3+ Experience GLIM for sure ,<3 IMT if Marketing else GLIM

GL Vs IMI- GLIM

GL Vs XIMB- <3 XIMB else GLIM

GL Vs TAPMI GLIM

GL Vs NEW IIMs - IIM

GL Vs IIT – Kgp- If concerned about Fee ,KGP else GLIM

 

 

B Leaks : Give me few reasons one should not join GL?

 

GL ALUMNUS/STUDENT 1 :

 

  • Not ready to settle with package less than 15 Lakhs.

  • Aspiring Core Marketing, Core Finance roles.

  • Have an aspiration of getting into big consulting firms.

  • You don’t want to move to IT Sector.

​​

THANKS :) 

© 2016-18 by B Leaks. All Contents are interviews with students

The views and opinions expressed in the articles are those of the interviewees and do not necessarily reflect the official position of B-leaks or its owner.