How is life working at ONGC as an electrical engineer?

Since about 8 months, I have been working for ONGC.

Your perception of your quality life in ONGC will depend on how you perceive it.

However, I found that almost all graduate trainees I met cried about working conditions, the location of the posting, and the nature of the job in ONGC. This is unless they are being recorded or monitored by a coaching institute.

An anonymous friend of mine in the above answer is bragging about being “highly compensated labour” and not being treated “like an officer”. This is an oil exploration and production company. What kind of job are you looking for? The nature of the job is not without risk. There are important equipments that only qualified individuals should use. Well! This is precisely why you were hired. You won’t find the time or space to give yourself the ego massage you desire.

Recovering in ONGC, my assignment is a 14-day On/Off arrangement in an installation in a remote area. I get to work by 8 a.m. and then do my daily chores. It is a mixture of administrative, technical and sometimes financial duties. I’ve been able to experience most electrical systems in a short time span, which is a rewarding and satisfying accomplishment for engineers.

Sometimes there are problems/breakdowns that can take several hours to fix. Sometimes, you need to be there in an emergency situation at night so that the technician can fix the problem immediately. This adds to your technical and decision-making skills.

I return home at 8 pm, play a few sports, get dinner (food and accommodation provided by ONGC) and go to bed around 12 midnight. The remaining 14 days, I spent most of my time at home.

It is clear that many of us who work hard to achieve the GATE 100 rank would not be happy to be working in such conditions. You won’t have access to swiggy/dominos/zomato etc online food delivery. There aren’t any dhabas or restaurants nearby. These 14 days you are away from the bustle of city life.

This is not the fault of the organisation, as oil production is impossible in the center of a city. Instead of focusing on the salary, it is important to learn as much information about the organization as possible before you decide to join.

The biggest problem is that finance and HR guys don’t care about you. They see you as a “naya lapka”. You will regret becoming an engineer at that point.

Overall, I would rate my experience at ONGC as 7/10.


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