Do you think young engineers should work 70 hours per week?

By - Kaustubh Katdare • 5 months ago • 15.8k views

Narayana Murthy, founder of Infosys - a big Indian MNC has said that India's work culture needs to change. Youngsters should work 70 hours per week.

Murthy's argument is that India needs to compete with the advance economies and one way to do that is to work more. We're talking about 14 hours of work instead of 8 that is typically mandated by most of the IT companies in India.

I wish to know what do our fellow engineers think about it.


  • Rohit
    Rohit Joshi

    I've been a big admirer of Mr. Murthy; but it looks like he's off his meds lately. 70 hours per week translates to 14 hours per day.

    Indians are already some of the most hardworking people who are mostly underpaid. Do you guys know that the starting salary for a fresh graduate engineer in 2003 was about Rs. 15k per month; which has not changed even in 2023.

    If Mr. Murthy is willing to pay per hour, I'm sure at least 50% of the freshers would want to put in extra hours. If he's expecting engineers to work for 14 hours a day for the rock-bottom salaries his company offers; sorry, he's living in a dream.

    No wonder companies like Infosys will benefit from these extra working hours. They charge their US clients about $22-$30 per hour per fresh graduate employee and pay a fraction of that to their employees.

    Mr. Murthy - keep your wishful thinking to yourself.

  • Rohit
    Rohit Joshi

    I forgot to mention the work-life balance. A lot of my friends have worked for Infosys (and similar big MNCs). Now that these companies are calling their employees back to the office, the average IT worker ends-up spending at least 2 hours just in commute.

    After negotiating traffic in cities like Bengaluru and Pune; the employee has to waste his productive hours in useless meetings. When they go home, there no time left for food, sleep.

    When would these people have the time to play, exercise and most importantly - sleep?

    Mr. Murthy - do you have answers?

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