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The best companies to work for in India

   Edition:Nov 18, 2007

Six months of survey and analysis, 94 final participants, and hundreds of man-days of reporting is what it took to bring you the stories of India's best employers. It's a list still dominated by IT companies, but that's fast changing. A BT-Mercer-TNS study.

Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown, they say. Indian IT's iconic employer, Infosys Technologies, should know exactly how that feels. In the six Best Companies to Work for In India surveys that have preceded this, the Bangalorebased tech giant has topped four of them. This year, it has stumbled.

Rather, it's been tripped up; partly by the sheer scale-up in its workforce and partly by the soaring aspirations of its young employees. So, the former Numero Uno stands humbled at #5. Instead, there's a new #1 on our list.

It's a surprising topper, simply because, although it's a household name around the world, misty-eyed affection isn't what its name evokes.

We are, of course, talking about Microsoft. However, employees in its six different units in India seem to be in love with the software giant. Elsewhere in this issue, we tell you why.

In a list dominated by IT companies, it takes a lot for non-IT players to break into the top ranks (this year, based on participant feedback, we have decided to feature the top 15 companies, instead of the usual 10.

As usual, the identity of the other participants will be kept confidential, although we would be happy to provide them with feedback on their performance in a limited way).

THE BEST COMPANIES: OVER THE YEARS

 

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

1

Infosys

Infosys

P&G

Sasken

Infosys

Infosys

Microsoft India

2

P&G

P&G

American Express

Infosys

Sasken

MindTree

MindTree Consulting

3

HP

HP

NTPC

Thermax

Genpact

Satyam

Johnson & Johnson

4

ICICI

SKBCH*

J&J

HCL Comnet

HCL Comnet

Dr Reddy's Labs

Sapient

5

Hughes Software

Satyam

GSKBCH*

HDFC

NTPC

 Sapient

Infosys Technologies

6

LG

Agilent

Tata Steel

NTPC

HSBC

Agilent Technologies

iGate

7

HLL

BHEL

Colgate Palmolive

Dr Reddy's

Sapient

Johnson & Johnson

Agilent Technologies

8

Compaq

American Express

Wipro

Satyam

Covansys

Covansys

HCL Comnet

9

Asian Paints

Colgate-Palmolive

IOC

Patni Computers

HDFC Bank

HCL Comnet

Accenture

10

Bharat Petroleum

Gillette

TCS

Hughes Software

MindTree

HSBC

Dr Reddy's Labs

 

 

*SmithKline Beecham Consumer Healthcare

*GlaxoSmithKline Beecham Pharma

 

 

 

 

So, Johnson & Johnson, Dr Reddy's Labs, Marriott Hotels India, and Godrej Consumer Products, take a bow. Finally, you'll find that some of the survey features run into four pages, while the others are two-pagers. There's a simple reason behind it: all the new entrants (seven of them) get a more in-depth treatment, while the others, who have featured previously, get a sharply-focussed look. The only exception is Infosys, which, because of its surprising fall from grace, gets a longer pat-down.

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