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Google is ‘Dream Company’ for Indian software professionals: Survey

Google has been voted as the ‘dream company’ by Indian software professionals, while Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has emerged as the ‘best’ Indian IT employer, according to Dataquest-IDC India Best IT Employers Survey 2010. One in eight professionals has put Google at the top of the aspirational league, ahead of other global software giants like Oracle, Accenture, Microsoft and IBM.

Google has been voted as the ‘dream company’ by Indian software professionals, while Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has emerged as the ‘best’ Indian IT employer, according to Dataquest-IDC India Best IT Employers Survey 2010. One in eight professionals has put Google at the top of the aspirational league, ahead of other global software giants like Oracle, Accenture, Microsoft and IBM.

The economic slowdown of the last 18 months has perceptibly changed the attributes of an ideal company, with three out of four respondents treating job security and stability at par with growth opportunities and career development.

The survey found that factors like work-life balance and flexible working hours (60%), positive work environment (52%) and strong employer company image (50%) were among the top five attributes of an ideal company.

The glamour of overseas posting among software professionals lost its shine, with just two out of five professionals considering posting abroad as an important factor in ranking their employer high as an ideal workplace.

“Over the years, we have seen ‘work-life balance’ move up in priority for India’s IT professionals. While that indicates growing maturity, it calls for a fundamental shift in the HR policies of employers in an industry that employs nearly 3 million professionals,” Ibrahim Ahmed, group editor of Cyber Media’s flagship journal Dataquest, has said.

According to Dataquest-IDC India, 3160 professionals from 36 IT companies in 7 metros — Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Pune and Bengaluru — participated in the two stage survey conducted between June and August 2010.

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