Michael Delfs

Alastair Trueger
Brown University
B.A. (History)
Mahindra Global Recruit 2009


PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE

  • Paralegal, Drinker Biddle and Reath, Law firm at San Francisco
  • Citigate Dewe Rogerson
  • Intern, Oliver Wyman’s summer internship program
  • Gavin Anderson, a Financial PR Firm

 

WORKING @ MAHINDRA

When I first heard about the Mahindra Global Recruit program, I was skeptical. It seemed an awfully long way to go for minimal compensation. However, the information session and my subsequent research left me extremely impressed by the sheer breadth and scope of Mahindra & Mahindra’s global operations and made it easy for me to make a decision.

 

Visiting the office and meeting my prospective co-workers only confirmed what I had come to believe, that Mahindra would be a fascinating place to work and learn. Over the last year, I have realized that my decision was one of the smartest I could have made. Not only have I had extremely high levels of interaction with the top management of this 7 billion dollar company, but I have been able to do things I would not be able to do anywhere else. The level of responsibility given to individuals on this program is phenomenal, and quite probably unique. I have been responsible for the development of what will eventually be a multimillion dollar project, and have myself run several group-wide initiatives (coordinating with hundreds of different people and organizations). I have directly made pitches to the top management, and been able to take them forward.

 

THE INDIA EXPERIENCE

India is an incredible place, a fact that got impressed upon me during my travels in Kerala, Mumbai, and Delhi. It is full of contrasts, but ultimately also full of possibilities. Mumbai itself juxtaposes the largest slum in the world with some of the most vibrant businesses and opportunities. It truly is a fascinating place to live and work, and Mahindra makes sure that you get to know it, and know it well. The pace of the thorough induction is deliberately laid back enough to make it possible to learn your way around the city and make friends. The nightlife is quite vibrant, if occasionally cliquey.

 

Living costs are relatively cheap, with the exception of foreign alcohol (to give one an idea, one can get a decent indian lunch for under 50 rupees, that’s about a dollar). During our first weeks in Mumbai, we, with help from the company, got setup in a palatial apartment, with cleaning and all other details taken care of. When I got sick, they arranged for medical care and medication, and made sure I knew what I could eat and where to get it. Mahindra makes sure all the difficult bits and pieces of moving to a new city are taken care of, leaving only what is certain to be an experience that is worth remembering.