Mumbai. After almost finishing his summer internship and giving his friends a pre-PPO treat, Prabhat Aggarwal, an MBA student from a leading business school of India, is shocked and devastated to know that the company he is interning at had faked their PPO policy. Prabhat, who was earlier seen
licking working hard, has stopped working and is planning to sue the company.
“I used to go for just half an hour lunch and didn’t use Facebook during office hours,” said a visibly sad Prabhat after discovering the non-existent PPO policy, “I didn’t go even for any coffee breaks and would go to loo only after ensuring that there was no one to see me, leave apart my mentor and HR.”
Prabhat was carrying out a market research on brand perception on one of the products of the company and had surveyed 500 respondents in the scorching heat of Delhi and Chennai, while his friends were sending their surveys online to batch mates and friends and doing some local sight-seeing and catching some lost sleep in the name of market research.
All this for a PPO (pre-placement job offer) policy, which didn’t exist.
Prabhat and other interns in the company found the truth when an HR executive left an email printout on a table, which was to host a ‘Coffee with Boss’ session for summer interns. The email said “No need to revise our no PPO policy”. Interns were crestfallen.
Prabhat is now clueless on what to do with the good reviews given by his project guide. In fact, he considers the whole internship period gone waste.
“Students work only to get PPOs,” Prabhat claimed, “Two months of working provides them a year full of no studies, no PPTs and no work. A PPO holder even has a chance of hitting on a junior as they become most sought after species on the campus.”
“Now for the next six months, I will be busy liking the Facebook statuses of my batch mates receiving PPOs. Sucks!” he added.
After coming to terms with the situation, Prabhat had words of wisdom for his juniors, “Knowing about the PPO policy of a company is more important than studying the 4Ps and balance sheets for summer placements. Spend at least a week to find out what exactly is the PPO policy; insist on meeting someone in office who got his or her job through PPO. Don’t trust the HR guys near coffee vending machines.”