50 best companies to work for in India

In a list that was bound to be dominated by IT and technology companies, the suprise pack of manufacturing and production has spoilt the party. Eleven of the 50 companies are from the manufacturing and production sector, 11 companies are from IT and IT related sectors, six are finance, three from telecom and the rest are split between various industries.

The list is split between 29 privately held companies, 17 publicly listed companies, three government companies and one non-profit organization. Three Public Supply Units or PSUs (NTPC, Vizag Steel Plant and Indian Oil Corporation) made it to the list. These PSUs also have one of the highest number of employees in the list. Professional Assistance For Development Action, PRADA) is the non-profit organization which made it to the list. 

And before I forget, Google India has topped the list. MakeMyTrip which can be counted as a travel management and a technology company is second to Google.

The list arrived from TrustIndex and CultureAudit. TrustIndex is a questionaire for employees which takes 15 minutes to complete. This is administered online and a random set is chosen. CultureAudit has questionnaires for the management requesting quantitative and qualitative data. Both these are combined to arrive at the final list.

One thing I have noticed though is the list is dominated by small companies – companies which have less than 1000 employees (17 companies). Some even have less than 400 employees. It is easy to keep a small group happy while it becomes challenging when the number of employees grow. That is where it is important companies like NTPC, Intelenet Global, Indian Oil Corporation, Vizag Steel Plant, Firstsource Solutions and Bharti Airtel are on the list. These are no small companies and have employees in excess of 17000. Keeping such a large group happy should earn them a few brownie points.

Here’s the list. The 50 best companies to work for in India :


RankCompany NameEmployeesIndustryOwnership
1Google India Pvt. Ltd.1259IT-SoftwarePublic
2MakeMyTrip (India) Pvt. Ltd.674Travel ManagementPrivate
3Intel Technology India Pvt. Ltd.2430IT-SoftwarePrivate
4Marriott Hotels India Pvt. Ltd.2433Hospitality Hotel/ResortPublic
5NetApp India Pvt. Ltd.1042IT-Storage/DatamangamentPrivate
6American Express, India5200FinancePublic
7NTPC Ltd.24708Manufacturing&productionGovt
8PayPal India Pvt. Ltd.419FinancePrivate
9Ajuba Solutions India Pvt. Ltd.1612IT BPOPrivate
10SAS Institute (India) Pvt. Ltd.108IT-Softwareprivate
11Crowne Plaza Today399HospitalityPrivate
12Dow Corning India Pvt. Ltd.241Manufacturing&productionPrivate
13Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces13009Hospitality Hotel/ResortPublic
14Godrej Consumer Products Ltd.1314Manufacturing&productionPublic
15Whirlpool Of India1128Manufacturing&productionPrivate
16InterGlobe Enterprises Ltd.5040Transportation-AirlinePrivate
17iNautix Technologies India Pvt. Ltd.2263IT-SoftwarePrivate
18Hilti India Pvt. Ltd.427Construction & Real EstatePrivate
19Titan Industries Ltd.4329RetailPublic
20Intelenet Global Services25810ITPrivate
21Qualcomm India Pvt. Ltd.1073TelecommunicationPublic
22Federal Express Corporation517Transportation-PackagePublic
23Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd.6461FinancePublic
24Jubilant Foodworks Ltd.5650Hospitality-Food &BeveragePrivate
25Classic Stripes Ltd.325Manufacturing&productionPrivate
26Viacom18 Media Pvt. Ltd.363MediaPrivate
27Bharti Airtel Ltd.17227TelecommunicationPrivate
28BNY Mellon International Operations (India) Pvt. Ltd.1816FinancePrivate
29Visakhapatnam Steel Plant, Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Ltd.17225Manufacturing&production-MetalsGovt
30Talentica Software India Pvt. Ltd.104IT-SoftwarePrivate
31Indian Oil Corporation Ltd.33954Manufacturing&Production-GasolineGovt
32Yum Restaurants India Pvt. Ltd.1713Hospitality-Food &BeveragePrivate
33Monsanto India Ltd.785 Public
34HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company Ltd.14228FinancePrivate
35Tata Teleservices Ltd.8743TelecommunicationPrivate
36Marico Ltd.1266Manufacturing&Production-PersonalPublic
37Claris Lifesciences Ltd.1312Biotechnology&PharmaPublic
38Cadbury India Ltd.2347Manufacturing&Production-FoodPrivate
39Intuit Technologies Services Pvt. Ltd.304ITPublic
40Quintiles India1317HealthcarePrivate
41Blue Dart Express Ltd.6015Transportation-PackagePublic
42Hardcastle Restaurants Pvt. Ltd.891Hospitality-Food &BeveragePrivate
43Eureka Forbes9084Advertising&MarketingPrivate
44Godrej Industries Ltd. (Chemicals SBU)1223Manufacturing&Production-ChemicalsPublic
45S.C. Johnson Products Pvt. Ltd.578Manufacturing & Production-PersonalPrivate
46Bajaj Capital Ltd.873FinancePrivate
47Professional Assistance For Development Action, PRADAN259Social Services & Govt AgencyNon-Profit
48Firstsource Solutions Ltd.20065ITPublic
49LG Electronics India Pvt. Ltd.3896ElectronicsPrivate
50Pitney Bowes Software India364ITPublic

Bharti Airtel, Qualcomm and Tata Teleservices are the telecom companies which made it to the list. The top list is a rare blend of multi-national technology companies, Indian PSU’s and Indian software companies. Other than Google, none of the names in the list are regular names. The usual suspects like Infosys, TCS, Wipro, Accenture and Cognizant do not even make it the list. I am not insinuating anything but shouldn’t at least one of those companies be on the list? Now that they are not, shouldn’t they try to be on the list? Or have they not participated in the survey?

PS : Over 640 organizations and 18000 employees have participated in the survey. So this study is as thorough and complete as it can get.