LinkedIn releases fourth edition of 2019 Top Companies list

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New Delhi: LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network, today launched the fourth edition of the 2019 Top Companies list for India. Determined by the actions of its 610+ million members globally, the annual ranking highlights the 25 most sought-after companies in the country by professionals. The list reveals where Indian professionals really want to work and stay, fuelled by proprietary LinkedIn insights including job seeker’s interest in the company, engagement with the company’s employees, job demand, and employee retention.

With more Millennials and Gen Z professionals entering the job market, the 2019 Top Companies have actively deployed employee-first initiatives such as informal work culture and fairness of working conditions and wages. At the same time companies are focusing on blazing business growth through smart acquisitions, and the expansion of employee strength with innovative hiring practices. These emerging trends have led to the debut (and comeback) of IT giants on the list this year, and new entrants including homegrown Internet and IT companies, Swiggy, Zomato, and Freshworks.

Internet companies dominate the top 10 spots as Flipkart (Walmart) jumps one spot up to #1, Amazon moves to #2 from #4 last year, and OYO has made headway from #10 to #3 – respectively taking the top three spots this year. While India’s IT giant Tata Consultancy Services has debuted at #7, new entrants and homegrown Internet and consumer services companies Swiggy and Zomato rank at #6 and #8 respectively, and Uber, another new entrant, takes the #5 spot. One97 Communications, a constant on the list’s Top 5, comes in #4. Breaking the monotony, India’s Oil and Energy conglomerate Reliance Industries takes a massive leap from #24 to #10, consulting firm Boston Consulting Group (BCG) is a new entrant at #13, along with banks, YES BANK and ICICI Bank that come in on the list for the first time at #14 and #20 respectively.

“Every year, based on LinkedIn’s unique position to be the pulse of what job seekers in India are looking for, the Top Companies list highlights homegrown companies and global giants, where professionals want to land their next job. Interestingly this year, half the companies are new entrants on the list, including IT giants such as Tata Consultancy Services and IBM that showcase the changing job and hiring landscape. The presence of more blue chip Indian companies such as Larsen & Toubro and Reliance Industries, among others emphasizes the fact that these large firms are getting better at attracting Millennial employees,” said Adith Charlie, India Managing Editor, LinkedIn.

Here are the 2019 Top 25 Companies in India:

Flipkart (Walmart)
Amazon
OYO
One97 Communications (Paytm)
Uber
Swiggy
Tata Consultancy Service
Zomato
Alphabet (Google)
Reliance Industries
EY
Adobe
Boston Consulting Group (BCG)
YES Bank
IBM
Daimler AG
Freshworks
Accenture
Ola
ICICI Bank
PwC India
KPMG India
Larsen & Toubro
Oracle
Qualcomm

Some of the emerging workplace themes this year are:

Betting big in a dynamic business environment: Most top companies are not shying away from spreading their wings. Of the top three, Amazon is foraying into the offline world by bagging retail chains and setting up kiosks in malls. Flush with money from its $1 billion fundraise, OYO is venturing into food-tech, event management and co-working by acquiring startups. With 450,000 exclusive rooms globally, the online hospitality company aims to overtake Marriott as the world’s largest hotel chain by 2023.

Engineering – amongst the most hired for job functions: Technology roles were seen to dominate the jobs market but soft skills are also critical to succeed in this tech age according to the 2018 India Emerging Jobs Report by LinkedIn. This year’s rankings corroborate this trend with majority of companies in the list making maximum new hires for engineering jobs followed by operations and business development. Tata Consultancy Services, the country’s largest IT services company made a net addition of nearly 27,000 employees last year, up four-fold from 7,000 in 2017. Ranked at #9, Alphabet (Google) resumed campus hiring at the IITs in 2018, after giving the elite engineering schools a miss for two consecutive years.

Informal work culture drives happy employees: Holding #4 rank this year, mobile Internet company, One97 Communications (Paytm) has done away with the concept of work appointments. Employees are free to have impromptu meetings and occupy available rooms without blocking calendars. Designations such as assistant general manager, deputy general manager and general manager could soon be a thing of the past at India’s second-largest private bank ICICI (#20) which seeks to cut hierarchy and boost accountability.

Traditional hiring takes on a new twist: New entrant on the Top Companies list, Freshworks (#17) has an eye for people with alternate career interests as it looks to employ marketers who host podcasts, engineers who are full-time musicians, and even social activists. At #21, PwC India is moving from its monopoly of chartered accountants and tax professionals by hiring employees from diverse backgrounds such as journalists, doctors, design thinkers, data scientists and environmentalists.

Sustainable business is a profitable business: With employees putting purpose before passion in their job search, even companies are looking to give back to the society. New on the top companies list, IBM at #15 is harnessing the power of emerging technologies to solve problems specific to India, whether it’s eradicating food wastage or predicting crop prices to help farmers. Mopping up $300 million as part of its partnership with Hyundai which is focused on electric cars, Uber eventually aims to put 1 million green cars on Indian roads by 2022.

Read more about the 2019 Top Companies in India list here. Join the conversation on LinkedIn using the hashtag #LinkedInTopCompanies.