GlobalLogic, an American software engineering services firm, has launched an alumni comeback programme for India, which is called the ‘GLhomecoming’ initiative. Under this initiative launched just a week back, the Company is inviting all its former employees to re-join.
The brainchild of the Indian talent acquisition and HR team, the initiative has kick started only in India as of now, but the firm has plans to release it globally. “Taking this initiative to the global level is on the cards,” confirms Rajesh Rai, VP – people & India head -HR, GlobalLogic, to HRKatha.
The Company is inviting applications by reaching out to its alumni database through e-mails and social media. It is open to hiring its alumni in all kinds of roles, but is especially keen to hire people in the area of digital transformation. The firm is also open to hiring people through this programme at all levels.
“Every company wants to have a stronger talent pool and we have identified our alumni group as a great source of high-quality talent. In fact, in the past also we have received several requests and mails from our former employees expressing their desire to join us back. This is also one of the reasons to launch such an initiative.”
Rajesh Rai, VP – people & India head -HR, GlobalLogic
“We are immensely honoured and admire our alumni’s contributions to this spectacular journey of GlobalLogic, and helping make us what we are today. Now, as we plan the next phase of our growth, we certainly would want our former employees to come back to the GL Family and inspire us through their commendable contributions. That’s why, our alumni comeback programme is called GLHomecoming and we are thrilled to truly welcome them back,” shares Rai.
Though the Company has not revealed how many people it plans to hire through this programme, it is willing to accommodate as many as it can. “We are in a massive growth phase, and would love to welcome back as many of our alumni to rejoin us,” says Rai.
The Company is sure that the existing employees will be inspired by the alumni of the Company. “The remarkable contributions made by our alumni have enabled GlobalLogic to reach greater heights. Our exceptional journey from a Silicon Valley startup to becoming a part of an 80-billion-dollar enterprise is all thanks to our employees and our alumni who have been a significant part of it. Through this programme, we want our alumni to re-join us and inspire our existing employees with their exceptional experiences and transform their own as well as the Company’s growth journey,” mentions Rai.
The advantage of calling back alumni is that they will not take time to settle down as they are aware of the culture and understand how things work. “Hiring our ex-employees is a great initiative both for the GL ecosystem and our Talent Acquisition Group (TAG) team. These former employees already know the GL atmosphere and will fit in seamlessly without losing much time in reaching their full productivity. It will be much easier for them to assimilate into our upcoming digital transformation and take advantage of unlimited growth opportunities in their new roles,” explains Rai.
According to him, every company looks for a talent pool from which they can hire some of the best talent. GlobalLogic has made this smart move to tap into their alumni group. “Every company wants to have a stronger talent pool and we have identified our alumni group as a great source of high-quality talent. In fact, in the past also we have received several requests and mails from our former employees expressing their desire to join us back. This is also one of the reasons to launch such an initiative,” asserts Rai.
Yes, it is a great gesture from the firm to welcome back its former employees. But will they get special treatment during the hiring process? Will this not lead to bias in the process?
Rai clarifies that no special or VIP treatment will be given to the alumni of the Company while hiring. They will go through the same selection process as any other candidate. “The fitment factor will be evaluated during the hiring process. As a company, we are very particular that there should be no bias in the hiring process. It will remain fair and equal for all,” affirms Rai.