The serene, open-air campus of SAP Labs India, with its well-manicured and neatly maintained lawns in Whitefield, Bangalore is in stark contrast to the dynamic traffic chaos that thrives on the streets outside. It is an apt analogy for the smooth way the company has transitioned to a cloud-first era seamlessly despite turbulence in the industry overall. That successful transition is in no small measure to the large Indian operations which has around 6,500 employees.
The Germany-headquartered enterprise application software behemoth had revenues of more than $22 billion last year and operations in around 190 countries. SAP started its Indian operations as early as 1998. Dilipkumar Khandelwal, the suave MD of SAP Labs India and Executive VP - Enterprise Cloud Services, SAP SE points out that more than 400 employees were recently recognised for completing more than 10-15 years in the company. "We attract the best talent, chalk out a development growth plan for each employee and create the right environment for them to be successful. Little wonder, our attrition is in low single digits." Ramya Ravishankar, a senior quality engineer who has been with the company for a decade outlines why she chose to stay with the company. "I joined in an administrative role. When I wanted to move to a technical role, SAP provided me so many in-house learning opportunities that I eventually learnt and moved to my current role." Vaibhav Agarwal is a software developer who, after five years with SAP, quit the company and joined a competitor, only to return within a year. "The quality of innovation and cutting edge work done here is unparalleled. Also, SAP provides work-life balance. Both made me return." The company also believes in supporting women employees and cultural cross-pollination.
SAP Labs says it is a Day 1 recruiter in most Tier I colleges and visits around 70 plus leading engineering and B-schools. On an average it has been hiring about 500-600 people every year including laterals. With an opportunity to address the vast global and the fast growing local market, SAP Labs is attracting the best and the brightest.