It was just today early morning at 1AM when we returned to our campus after having the best two days as a part of Great Lakes. It is not often that you as students are treated so well by a corporate industry and that too by one which is among the best in the country.
We arrived in Mumbai on Oct 22 and were handed over two Innovas which were to be used by the nine of us to go around Mumbai on a sight-seeing trip. Quite a few of us had not visited Mumbai earlier and we made the best use of the vehicles and covered as much as we could from the Gateway of India to Queen’s necklace to the new suspension bridge. All this included a lunch at a Mexican restaurant which just added flavour to the trip. Lots of photos were clicked at various points, most of them being close to the beach area which presented a scenic view.
All exhausted we made our way to the Godrej guest house at Vikhroli by 7PM. The Godrej housing colony at Vikhroli is a huge campus and seems like a town in itself. All the people freshened up and moved out again at 7:30PM to go on to the next leg of our journey, to a new mall pretty close to the Godrej campus.
The next day after a hearty breakfast at the guest house mess, we all got ready to visit the Godrej Sara Lee office which was five minutes drive from the guest house area. We went straight into a meeting with the top managers of GSLL – Executive Vice President (PSO), K.Somanathan and Associate Vice President (Manufacturing H&BC North East) – R.S. Gopalakrishnan who explained to us about the processes within Godrej Sara Lee. This was followed by a meeting with the Deputy General Manager (Marketing) – Vinod Salvi who threw some light on critical marketing concepts in a manufacturing industry. After this we had a session with the HR Manager – Pooja Sharma. It was good to interact with the top notch managers of a top company. We then proceeded to have our lunch at the Godrej cafeteria. After lunch we were escorted to the R&D centre where the R & D Head – Dr. Sreedharwe showed us how the products in GSLL are created and tested, we then actually got to see the R&D centre and its practices; it was a very insightful trip across the R&D centre. Next was our meeting with Mr. Mahendran, the MD of Godrej Sara Lee wherein all of us shared our two day experience with him and also got to talk exclusively about Godrej Sara Lee as a company and its future plans. It’s always good to listen to person of his stature. It was 4:30PM and two Innovas were waiting to drop us back to the airport for our flight back to Chennai.
We reached Chennai at 11PM due to a delay in flight and reached the campus by 1AM. It was a trip which will be remembered very dearly by all the nine of us, for it was a trip which showed us why Godrej Sara Lee is a leader in quite a few segments of the market!
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