Business Today

Cover story | March 4, 2012

Best companies to work for in India

Best companies to work for in India

Business Today, in its 11th listing of the best companies to work for in India, brings to you the results of an Indicus Analytics survey. Money and growth prospects continue to draw employees to an organisation, but work culture is the true glue that makes them stay.
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TCS tops the list | The others  

Why TCS is the best company to work for

A personal connect makes employees stick to Tata Consultancy Services. Achieving that connect is no mean feat, considering that the company has 226,000 employees spread around the globe.

The other toppers in the list

Eight of the 10 on the list are technology companies.

Winning hearts and minds

The employee is a conscious customer who knows what she wants and has a clearly established roadmap.

Best companies to work for: Sector toppers

How respondents rated companies within their own work sectors

How best companies were ranked

How BT prepared this year's rankings of most-loved companies.

Special

India's best PE and VC funds

Business Today's maiden listing of India's PE and VC funds coincides with a change imperative in the industry.

Emotionally involved

Nexus prefers to pick the right people rather than overanalyse business models.

VenturEast - AdVentures in the East

For the Chennai-based venture capital firm, it is all about being different.

The Sequoia twist

Backing spunky entrepreneurs is once again Sequoia Capital India's mantra.

In SAIF hands

The low-key fund has delivered steady returns and spawned new market leaders.

How we ranked the best PE-VC funds

How Business Today crafted its PE/VC study and why it is an important first step.

Editor's Note

From the Editor: Mar 4, 2012

Senior Editor Shamni Pande orchestrated our annual BT-Indicus-PeopleStrong survey of India's best employers, and discovered all over again that young people don't necessarily look for money.

Reporters Diary

What drives youngsters to invest in art

The advent of online auctions and absence of a reserve price in some cases have given a fillip to the reverse ageing of the art aficionado. As the Indian art market matures, it is being embraced by young buyers who believe it to be a safe investment.

People

People who made news in last fortnight

Starring: Atul Bindal, Gopal Vittal, Shailesh Rao, Sunil Kaushal

Features

2G verdict: A shock therapy

The licences were cancelled because they were illegally issued. Under the law, DoT cannot retain the licence fees and must refund them to the respective allottees.

India coffee chains brace for Starbucks challenge

As the Seattle-based company contemplates its strategy, its biggest rivals, Cafe Coffee Day and Barista Lavazza, are making inroads in small cities and towns.

How to get start-ups off the ground quickly

Accelerators, which mentor Internet, mobile and new technology start-ups, are gaining traction. Accelerators keep start-ups under their wings for much shorter periods than incubators do.

The ultrabook is here!

Desktops, laptops, netbooks and tablets better watch out. Ultrabook is actually an Intel trademark, to qualify for which the device has to meet stringent standards relating both to its size and nature of the hardware installed.

Aadhaar takes its first steps to transform India

While advocates say the UID project is one of the best ways to solve India's problem of delivering governance to 1.2 billion people, critics say it is too ambitious and high-tech for a country where nearly 40 per cent of the population is still officially defined as poor.

2G verdict: What lies ahead for telecom firms

The Supreme Court's 2G verdict to cancel all the 122 licences issued to nine operators in 2008 is a godsend for some telecom licensees, but for the serious ones and their bankers it is a punch in the stomach.

Event

When small is beautiful

The 2011 Business Today-YES Bank SME awards honoured the cream of the SME world.

Technology

Too much technology is ruining our social lives

There is no doubt that the digital revolution - the array of personal devices that keep everyone connected - has changed human civilisation forever.

Case Study

Will Ramco Systems finally make it big?

Ramco Systems, one of India's largest pure-play IT products companies, has been burning cash for years, because of global competition and plain old bad luck. But the company, piloted by CEO P.R. Venketrama Raja, kept investing in R&D.

Focus

Maker, procurer differ over Aakash

Alarmed by the negative feedback from every quarter, Aakash's procurer IIT Rajasthan revised the low-cost tablet's criteria, demanding that the device be shock-proof, waterproof and meet US military specifications. Its maker Datawind cries foul, stating that it has adhered to the original requirements.

Wordsmith - Workstream

Workstream means a vaguely described task in which no tangible progress can possibly be made.

Manappuram brings back focus on gold loan firms

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has warned Manappuram Finance over acceptance of deposits. Although this will not have any direct impact on the the gold-loan sector. But sentiment-wise, the development will have an impact and raise doubts about corporate governance in gold loan companies.

Clients of the Indian IT industry discuss prospects

As NASSCOM holds its annual schmooze fest, clients of the Indian IT industry discuss its prospects this year.

Review: Vu Super TV and Adobe Android Apps

A TV computer combo and Adobe's fun Android Apps

2G verdict: Who said what

Indictment of the UPA and politics apart, the 2G judgment is constitutionally problematic, says Pratap Bhanu Mehta, President, Centre for Policy Research, on Twitter.

Slipping on oil

The losses of oil marketing companies are set to touch a record high, says a CRISIL Research report

5 steps to here

The Walt Disney Company acquires a 14.2 per cent stake in UTV for $15 million

'It's a lot easier to do business in India now'

David N. Farr, Chairman and CEO of the $24 billion Emerson, has been betting big on India for decades.

How different things work

As Mumbai's Elephanta Caves and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus make way in the Unesco's World Heritage list, a look at how a site makes it to this list of heritage sites.

Chiaroscuro

Roundup: Events of the fortnight

If Mulayam Singh Yadav's Samajwadi Party, with Congress support, manages to upset BSP supremo Mayawati's 'elephantine ambitions', businesses aligned to the major contenders will also see a change in their fortunes.

Executive Health

Health check-up devices are useful

Do-it-yourself health check-up devices are useful.

BT More

Good health delivered in a box

The dabbawala may still be Mumbai's most reliable food delivery service but if you're looking for health and variety, check out what these entrepreneurs have to offer.

Cars of the future

He has spent a lifetime racing and reviewing vehicles and is widely considered one of the auto world's most knowledgable men. Tiff Needell does some crystal ball gazing.

Hybrid cars promise a cleaner future

Electric cars have long held hope for a pollution-free ride. A bunch of machines that featured at the Delhi Auto Expo keep that promise alive.

The story of vintage bikes

The past, present and future of India's relationship with the world's most inspiring motorbikes.

Train journeys back in vogue

Stretch out in comfort, rake in five-star service, and get a larger-than-life glimpse of the world outside your window. We give you six luxurious reasons to trade that air ticket for a train.

Products that can drive you crazy

The LG 55 INCH OLED TV uses an Organic Light Emitting Diode display, which the firm says will deliver more natural colour, better viewing angles and richer black levels.

World's iconic public transports

Whether it's a speedboat slicing through Venice's Canal Grande or the noisy rattle of a ride in a south-east Asian tuk tuk, these iconic modes of public transport are the essence of their cities.

Super car Sundays

Mumbaikars thronged Mahalaxmi racecourse and the city's streets this January to catch a glimpse of the world's fastest, most powerful machines at the Parx Super Car Show.

Places to travel across the world

This year's World Travel Awards are testimony to the shift in global attention towards Asia. Entries from the continent swept the accolades.

Resturant reviews

An expansive facade, exhaustive menu and exquisite rendition makes Yauatcha's tale a worthy one. Experience a healthy take on authentic Indian food at Durbari Wholesomely Indian.

Michael Perschke favourite stuff

Michael Perschke, Managing Director, Audi, India favourite stuff

Explore Milan in 48 hours

Lose yourself in a city where bold fashion co-exists with gothic churches and classic renaissance art. Here's the guide to make the most of Lombardy's cosmo capital.

The do it yourself guide

Michael McSorley of the Hyatt Regency, New Delhi, brings the Indian kitchen alive through his inventive cocktails.

By the river

It has been the toast of Bangkok for over 135 years. Prachi Bhuchar checks into the refurbished Mandarin Oriental, on the banks of the Chao Phraya river.

Two for one

India's cities are cramped and low on lifestyle quotient. That's why many families now want a second home, away from the crowd, where they enjoy all the luxuries their main residence cannot deliver.

Why a holiday home is a must

There are many good reasons to invest in a holiday home. If nothing else, it gives you a refuge to escape from the rat race.

Greater Noida's Jaypee Resort woos India Inc

It is unprecedented, offers abundant opportunities, and embodies futuristic urban planning, a phenomenon still uncommon in India.