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The tech industry is all about cushy new-age offices, progressive benefit packages, and foosball tables. Well, these luxuries are certainly paying off in worker happiness. The industry is rife with heated competition and tech companies always try to outdo one another with bigger perks to attract skilled employees.

Here’s Over to the Best Tech Workplaces in India

1. Google

With unparalleled benefits and compensation policies, the company ranks amongst the top workplaces not just in India but also globally. This is why this tech company is the preferred choice of the best talent across the world, holding around 1,678 employees.

It is difficult to pinpoint what exactly gives a giant corporation like Google its popular start-up culture. Perhaps it’s the independence people enjoy, the absence of red tape or the freedom to disagree. This search giant has managed to select the right people – those who can come up with big ideas.

“Bosses work closely with you, and you are never penalized for your failures,” says Ramesh Ravi Shankar, a Google employee.

A lot of the credit goes to Google’s hiring policy. The company does not always look for the smartest candidates; it wants people who fit in and get gauged by the peers, juniors and bosses in an interview. When Jayashri Ramamurti, the current head of people operations, first walked in for an interview, she was interviewed by her (future) juniors before being accepted at Google.

Teams play a central role in the professional and personal lives of the Google’s staff. Whether it’s a query on income tax or a piece of code, all one has to do is create a discussion thread online and the solutions come pouring in. At Google, roles are defined but not rigid. The company likes to whet the risk appetite of its employees by challenging them. Ayesha Chauhan was accepted as an account planner and was moved to a specialist role within a few months, despite being relatively new in the firm.

2. Intuit India

Intuit India, with around 806 employees, works with individuals and small businesses to develop home-grown solutions for the problems faced by them in India. The company considers diversity as an integral factor for growth. In addition to this, it has also formed its Pride Network to address LGBT issues.

Even before signing up as a Managing Director and VP of the Indian arm of the Mountain View, California-based Nikhil Arora knew he had made the right decision when the Intuit management invited his family for a meeting. “Most companies are solely focused on business, but not in this case,” he says.
Sreekumar Bahuleyan, the HR Head for India and APAC says, “I got the feeling that the company needed me during the interview stage. Delays were notified with detailed reasons for the change in schedule. Immediately after I got recruited, my manager flew down to help me get settled here.”

At Intuit, learning the ropes is a priority before meeting objectives. The ’45-day tax-free period’ is a case in point where senior executives are expected not to work on goals but simply ask questions, meet other teams and soak in the work culture.

When VP India Development Centre Vijay Anand was roped in, he spent three days with the founders understanding the nuances of the company. “Here we know that each of us plays multiple roles in our personal and professional lives. So, everyone has the flexibility to adjust their priorities,” says Bahuleyan.

3. SAP

SAP SE (System analyses and Programme networking; Systems, Applications & Products in Data Processing) is a German multinational tech corporation that makes enterprise software to manage business operations and customer relations. It is headquartered in Walldorf, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, with regional offices in 130 countries. With over 293,500 customers in 190 countries, it is a component of the Euro Stoxx 50 stock market index.

SAP Labs are R&D locations that develop and improve SAP core products. They are strategically located in these high-tech clusters around the globe—Germany, United States, India, China, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Vietnam, Israel, France, Ireland, and Hungary.

4. Microsoft

Microsoft Corporation (commonly referred to as Microsoft), the world’s largest software maker by revenue, is an American multinational technology company headquartered in Redmond, Washington. It develops, manufactures, licenses, supports and sells computer software, consumer electronics and personal computers and services. The company’s best-known software products are the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems, Microsoft Office suite, Internet Explorer and Edge web browsers. Its flagship hardware products are the Xbox game consoles and the Microsoft Surface tablet lineup.

Microsoft was founded by Paul Allen and Bill Gates on April 4, 1975, to develop and sell BASIC interpreters for Altair 8800. It rose to dominate the personal computer operating system market with MS-DOS in the mid-1980s, followed by Microsoft Windows.

 5. Adobe

Adobe Systems Incorporated is an American multinational computer software company, which is headquartered in San Jose, California, United States. It has historically focused upon the creation of multimedia and creativity software products, with a more-recent foray into rich Internet application software development. It is best known for Photoshop, an image-editing software, Adobe Reader, the Portable Document Format (PDF) and Adobe Creative Suite, as well as its successor Adobe Creative Cloud. As of 2015, Adobe Systems has 13,500 employees, 40% of whom work in San Jose.

The employees at Adobe believe that the organization encourages a culture of free- spirited innovation. For Naresh Gupta, building a great workplace is a step-by-step process. He believes that pursuing excellence at each step makes sure that the result always comes out as desired: be it building the business or managing people. “First up, we go all out to hire the very best, then provide challenging projects to keep them engaged, support them through a working environment where we place trust in them, reward them adequately and develop and define their growth and responsibilities,” says Naresh.

 6. SAS

SAS (Statistical Analysis System) is a software suite developed by SAS Institute for advanced analytics, multivariate analyses, business intelligence, data management, and predictive analytics.

SAS was developed at North Carolina State University from 1966 until 1976 when SAS Institute was incorporated. SAS was further developed in the 1980s and 1990s with the addition of new statistical procedures, additional components and the introduction of JMP. A point-and-click interface was added in Version 9 in 2004. A social media analytics product was added in 2010.

SAS is a software suite that can mine, alter, manage and retrieve data from a variety of sources and perform statistical analysis on it. It provides a graphical point-and-click user interface for non-technical users and more advanced options through the SAS programming language. SAS programs have a DATA step, which retrieves and manipulates data, usually creating SAS data set, and a PROC step, which analyses the data.

Everyone wants to feel valued. If we’re happy and respected, that satisfaction translates into more productivity at work. I’m lucky that for nearly 16 years, I have worked for a company whose focus on people and well-being has been its philosophy. SAS founder and CEO, Jim Goodnight, has always said, “If you treat people as if they make a difference, they will make a difference.”

Various other tech companies like Pitney Bowes, Accenture, LinkedIn, Net App, Teleperformance, Pay Pal also hold a place in the list.

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