What it does: Analytics and information management, business process outsourcing and business application services among other specialties.
Best known for: The company provides services to customers in 18 industries across six continents.
Staff stats: More than 190,000 people
The good bits: The company offers several training and development opportunities for graduates such as through the Cohorts Programme. Fringe benefits are also comprehensive with stock option plans and financial assistance for marriage, sickness, housing and death expenses.
The not so good bits: Salaries are lower than the industry average for some roles. Women also tend to earn less than their male counterparts, especially in the IT division.
Hiring grads with top marks in: Engineering and Information Technology; Software Design and Development; Research and Development; Arts, Commerce and Science; Marketing and Sales; Human Resources and Law.
Mohamed Hasham Premji founded ‘Western India Palm Refined Oil Limited’ in 1945, which was later abbreviated to Wipro Ltd. The company’s predecessor manufactured vegetable and refined oils in Maharashtra, British India before launching an initial public offering in 1946. Azim Premji took over the business 20 years after the death of his father.
The company changed its name to Wipro Products Ltd. in 1977. Wipro made its first IT venture in 1981 and finally renamed itself to Wipro Ltd. in 1982. The group went public on the New York Stock Exchange in 2000. A year later, Wipro won major recognition as the first Indian IT company with ISO 14001 certification.
The company topped the Asian Sustainability Rating of Indian companies for 2010 and joined two indices: the NASDAQ Global Sustainability Index and the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Today, the business has expanded into a multinational IT and services provider with annual revenue of INR 585.8 billion in 2019.
Wipro’s hiring process includes an online test, technical round and an HR round for IT and software roles. The test involves an essay and a series of questions about quantitative aptitude, logical reasoning, verbal skills, basic programming and computer fundamentals. The essay topic can also vary from abstract topics to current events.
You should expect to engage in a group discussion with the company before or after the online test. The technical round will test your knowledge on data structures, operating systems and networking technologies and basic programming concepts. The HR round will measure your communication skills and self-confidence through the usual questions like your reason for application.
The company provides candidates with seven career paths: business process service, consulting, corporate functions, digital, leadership, sales and technology divisions. Career opportunities are also available to employees on the careers website, just in case anyone desires to apply for a higher position or a lateral move within the company. Wipro also has several campus initiatives:
Wipro pays an average salary of INR 509,000. Some roles have below-average base pay such as INR 362,000 for software engineers, compared to the national average of INR 502,000. Women also earn less than their male counterparts.
The company’s fringe benefits include interest-free loans for housing deposits; financing assistance for a two-wheeler purchase; contingency loans for marriage, sickness or death of an immediate family member; and the Wipro Employee Stock Option Plan. The appraisal system also follows a 360-degree framework for feedback to guarantee fair and transparent merit increases for employees.
IT and software jobs can induce high levels of stress for employees. Some departments may also observe the traditional ways of measuring productivity instead of an outcome-based approach. Management politics seem to be an issue as well, particularly for appraisal ratings.
However, employees still recognise Wipro as a good company for learning and career growth. The job schedules are flexible for certain roles, improving work-life balance for employees.
Mindtree, IBM and Tata Consultancy Services are the top three biggest competitors.
Ethisphere Institute listed Wipro among the most ethical companies in the world for seven consecutive years. The recognition partly stems from the company’s sustainability projects. Wipro aims to reduce ‘scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 48 per cent in 2030’, cut water consumption by 20 per cent at different campuses by FY 2021, and safely dispose or treat waste products across 15 categories.
If you prioritise career growth and extensive learning over base pay for your first job, then Wipro can be a good match to your profile. Graduates may advance quickly with numerous opportunities for career progression. However, the workplace environment demands mentally strong individuals to survive in a customer-centric business.