Interview with Rajender Bhambhu

For Mr. Rajender Bhambhu, nothing is more exciting than the challenges and intricacies of the industry. Read how he/she has established himself as Assistant Executive Engineer in ONGC .

Q1. Kindly tell us about the work culture, environment and incentives of working at ONGC (both onshore and offshore) and other Oil and Gas companies?

Ans: The work environment in ONGC is quite satisfactory. This place allows you to learn as much as you want.

An instrumentation engineer is a key personal in offshore processing platform, plants, and refineries. In case of offshore fields, all latest technologies are in place and very high level of instrumentation is used. On the first day of joining you may dislike the company office and its interiors, as being a government organization, much has not been done to make it appear swanky. But over the time you will start feeling very comfortable, when you will learn about the organization. On almost all its locations, ONGC has huge campuses in the cities, sprawling over hundreds of acres. They include all facilities like officer’s club, golf course, stadiums, tennis/badminton courts, etc. The office locations are also very nice and accessible as compared to other oil and gas companies.

The incentives of working in ONGC are really great. The starting package comes out to be 10-11 LPA as CTC.  Also, the medical facilities provided by ONGC are the best in all of India.

Q2. What is scope and career growth/path(in terms of position in company and pay scale) in ONGC and other similar Oil and Gas Companies?

Ans: Career growth is stagnant in the early 10-15 years, where you will get time bound promotions only, but it will differ when you rise further after that. After 3 promotions, you will get promotion on the basis of your Performance Review(PAR). Sometimes PAR may be affected by your personal relation with your supervisor but that happens in almost all the organizations.  The Pay growth is not like that of private companies. You will get a 3% increment in basic pay annually. After every 10 years, you can enjoy pay commission hikes which are quite satisfactory. Although some may find private companies more rewarding in terms of career growth and pay growth, but they come with a great amount of work and tension too .

Q3 What all foreign opportunities (Job Profiles and/or Company Name) an ICE engineer should look out for? Also mention career path which an ICE graduate should follow to shift to foreign roles?

Ans: Among foreign companies, one may look for Schlum, Helliburton, Shell, BP,and Middle East Opportunities. These days, Instrumentation and Control is used everywhere, in almost all mega factories and plants to make the systems automatic for production efficiency.

Q4. Please mention any specific course, certification, skill, field of knowledge which an NSITian should explore while being in college (considering ICE has out – dated syllabus) which help in securing good job profile right out of college.

Ans: Yes it is true that NSIT’s syllabus is very outdated. But engineers do need to learn the basics too which get covered in NSIT’s syllabus.  NSITians can work in projects which include instrumentation because they will never get that time again with all those facilities. NSIT lab facilities were very much under- utilized in our times. But I don’t know much about the present situation.



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