The fast booming eCommerce companies have laid eyes on top engineering institutes as a part of their recruitment plans. Online retailers including Flipkart, Snapdeal, Urban Ladder, PepperTap etc. are readying lucrative offers to woo students at IITs, NITs and other institutes.
Flipkart, India's most popular eCommerce players has reportedly planned to double the headcount of its technology team to 2,400 engineers. Another online player Snapdeal is also looking to follow the same path and double the strength of its tech team to about 2,000 this year.
About 10 per cent of IIT students have joined such companies last year, reported ET. Further, the proportion may grow substantially this time round, placement teams at some of the IITs said.
Bengaluru-based Flipkart is planning to roll out attractive compensation and benefits for the new campus hires. In words of Dalbir Singh, Senior Director - Human Resources, Flipkart, "We are not limiting ourselves to any fixed number for campus hiring. We are rearing to go and will be aggressive at the tech, B-school and logistics campuses."
Delhi-based Snapdeal plans to visit more campuses this year than it did last time round. "We will rely heavily on the campuses for fresh talent as this will help widen our base of tech team," said Saurabh Nigam, Vice President HR.
Other startups such as Quikr and CultureAlley are also planning to reach campuses ahead of the others, with new strategies in place to get the best catch. Usually, companies head to the campuses around October every year.
The Mumbai-based online and mobile classifieds portal Quikr is organising hackathons at campuses this year. It is also eyeing participation in guest lectures and leadership series sessions.
IITs in Delhi and Mumbai, in particular, are expecting many more eCommerce firms including startups to visit the campuses this year. PepperTap is looking to add about 60 engineers this year. Engaging students at an early stage is fast becoming the norm at eCommerce companies. Urban Ladder, like many others, is also set to introduce engagement activities such as live case studies and on-site projects.
In addition, Urban Ladder plans to visit a few international campuses this year to attract talent in the design domain. Pepperfry, on the other hand, plans to hire young designers graduating from Indian and overseas institutes