What it does: IBM India develops IT consulting, solutions, and technologies for different clients in 19 industries.
Best known for IBM India’s workforce is even bigger than the U.S. employee headcount.
Staff stats: approximately 140,000 people
Financials: US$73.60 billion in global revenue for 2020
The good bits: Freshers can explore a specific career path in one of seven entry-level roles at IBM India.
The not-so-good bits: The appraisal system at the company doesn’t always reflect the assigned responsibilities.
IBM India started in 1992 following relaxed rules for foreign direct investments in the country. The company primarily offers IT products and services based on five business segments:
Different clients in 19 industries trust the company as a major provider of IT consulting, digital solutions, and technologies. IBM India’s workforce, which is even bigger than the U.S. headcount, works in more than 10 facilities throughout the country.
The workplace culture at IBM India may vary from one location to another. For instance, some insiders described the Bangalore office as more professional than in Pune.
While this might be true, most insiders are happy with the friendly culture. The appraisal system, though, is something that needs improvement. IBMers, the company’s term for its employees, tends to overlook the appraisal system due to its culture of continuous learning.
The THINK40 program is an example. It involves 40 hours of ‘self-initiated professional development per year for each IBMer.
IBM India’s local and international competitors include Apple, Capgemini, Cisco, Infosys, Tata Consultancy Services, and Wipro.
In 2019, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty expressed her concern about the lack of skills among Indians. Rometty said that most of them aren’t employable based on IBM and the IT industry’s standards.
IBM India prioritizes community resilience and social services, education and skills development, and public healthcare for its corporate social responsibility programs. The company spent INR1.01 billion in 2020 for these projects.
Freshers must equip themselves with the most relevant skills for the job to convince IBM India of their employability. As the top management seeks highly skilled individuals, it’s unsurprising if only a select few join the company every year
IBM India uses several types of assessments after screening CVs of applicants: coding assessment, cognitive test, English test, and video assessment. Not every applicant has to complete all of these tests.
Applicants for tech roles need to answer multiple-choice questions and/or a coding interface with a few challenging tasks. They should also complete the assessment in 30 minutes.
This assessment determines a candidate’s decision-making and problem-solving skills by completing five interactive games. Freshers should complete the test in 30 minutes.
Multiple-choice questions gauge the candidates’ English proficiency. This round has a time limit of 10 minutes.
A series of questions from a video interview provides IBM India with an in-depth look at a fresher’s skills. The company may opt for a learning agility assessment with 50 questions, which should be answered in 30 minutes.
Once a candidate completes the assessment stage, the company will then invite them to an interview. Shortlisted candidates should expect interviews over the phone, via video, or in person.
In some cases, IBM India may choose to invite the candidates to an assessment day where they will be evaluated through group exercises. Those who move on may be interviewed on the same day.
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IBM India can take as fast as two weeks to complete the hiring process.
Freshers can imagine their entry-level roles in one of six different career paths at IBM India.
IBM India’s consultants are typically graduates of business and technical degrees. This position has five distinct roles: application consultant, business transformation consultant, package consultant, security consultant, strategy consultant.
Individuals with degrees in computer science, engineering and business, math, operations research, and statistics can join IBM India as data scientists.
The company’s design researchers, front-end developers, user experience, and visual designers tackle challenges on improving human experiences for business growth.
There are nine types of developers at IBM India:
Cognitive software developer
Site reliability engineer
Digital professionals work on business development, community and network building, developer-focused program management, digital sales, finance, strategy, and project management.
Digital sellers, senior solutions sales representatives, and technical solution specialists are the company’s front-liners for building client relationships.
This role transforms technology into usable and practical solutions through analysis, IT architecture, programming, and system testing. Specialists are also known as application database administrators, infrastructure specialists, package specialists, and test specialists.
IBM India pays an average salary of INR832,000 per year. A typical fresher at the company earns an annual average salary of INR418,000. Some individuals may earn up to INR600,000 depending on their skills.
Consultants and data scientists seem to be among the highest-paid roles for those with less than one year of experience. Insiders said that their annual average salaries can reach more than INR1 million.
Company-wide benefits include employee discounts, health and life insurance, performance bonuses, maternity and paternity leave, and vacation and paid time off.