Alumni Report 2015 – Technology & E-Commerce

If you are wondering what top B-schools alums are doing after graduating from b-schools, this annual report from InsideIIM (refer here for last year’s reports) would help you get a peek into the cohort of these alums across various industries. The purpose of this edition of report is to provide the readers with a top level understanding of what is the concentration of graduates from top B-schools across industries. The numbers presented in the report are a result of the secondary research from the publicly available data on the website LinkedIn and hence, should be interpreted cautiously. The basic motive of this report is to point out a broad trend and we are not obsessing about pin-point accuracy.

Top B-schools in India are divided into two categories based on the years in which they were established. The rationale behind such as a selection criterion is to ensure that the alum base is strong and comparable for the B-schools under comparison. As there was no top B-school established between 1965 and 1973, the cut-off year chosen for dividing the schools is taken to be 1965. This criterion divides the schools in two clusters – Cluster 1 – Pre-1966 and Cluster 2 – Post 1966 – having 8 schools in each cluster. The table summarizes these clusters with the year of establishment.

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Though the absolute number of alums working in various sectors is presented in the report, analyses are presented in percentage terms to cancel out the effect of different alum bases. For example, TISS has only 60 students. It churns out as many students in 10 years what IIMs do in 2.

The third report in this year’s edition focuses on Tech & ECommerce. This is our third report in the 2015 series on top Tech & E-Commerce companies in India. For the report on Banking and Finance, click here.  For the report on Sales & Marketing, click here.

 

Analysis of Alumni in Tech & ECommerce Companies

 

A total of 15 companies were considered to represent the technology sector. These companies are among the top rated names in InsideIIM’s Annual Recruitment Survey. Also these companies have a lot of alums amongst the chosen Business Schools to do meaningful analyses. These companies are also the most popular recruiters in all the Business Schools.

 

Key Takeaways

1) The rise in recruitment  in the E- Commerce Sector is evident as can be seen by the number of alums working in Amazon and Flipkart from Top Business Schools.

2) Around 25% of the alums are working abroad in these 15 companies. Also, in India – Bangalore and Gurgaon have the maximum alum base as far as the Tech & E-Commerce Companies are considered.

3) Legacy of a Business School has little role to play in recruitment decisions by these companies in this sector. As we see in the raw data numbers below, it is the newer schools (Post 1966) that seem to be doing better than the older ones. For example, ISB has made rapid strides among recruiters in this space.

 

The Pre 1966 Top Business Schools

Given below is the raw data from LinkedIn for the 8 Schools in this cluster of schools established prior to 1966. Please note that –

1) No filtration has been done for job profile. Hence, the figures below represent every role and domain – the numbers below include alumni in IT, Sales & Marketing, Operations, Corporate Finance, HR and other domains.

2) All possible business of a Technology company have been considered. For e.g. – Philips below consists of employees working in Philips Lighting, Philips Design, etc.

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The analysis done below gives a detailed look into:

1) Company wise slicing of Alumni across Pre-1966 Estd B-Schools

2) Cumulative percentage of alumni working in different companies

 

% of Alumni for each Company in Top Schools from all Alumni working in the Top Schools Considered

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 In the above table, the figures in red indicate the maximum percentage of alums in a company from a particular B School. It can be seen across that almost all the companies have their maximum employees as IIM Calcutta alums.

Flipkart represents more or less a similar percentage of employees across all Pre-1966 Estd B Schools. Across this cluster of schools, Apple has its maximum employees from IIM C but it pales in comparison to ISB from the next cluster which has 21 employees to 6 from IIM C when one considers raw data.

It can be seen that Yahoo has its maximum employees from IIM C, but if one glances through the raw data it can be observed that the sample size is very less.

NITIE is popular across e-commerce companies as students specialize in a key area that these companies require talent for – supply chain! XLRI’s national dominance in HR is well-known but we know that XLRI also has enough alumni working on the business side in all the companies above.

 

% of Alumni for each School in Top Companies from all Alumni working in the Top Companies Considered

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The above table shows the percentage of alumni from a particular B-school spread across different companies.

The largest recruiter across this sector comes out to be Airtel. It has been mostly offering General Management Roles across various B Schools.

Amazon has a preference for IIM C and IIM A alums which Flipkart does not have. Flipkart has a well-distributed recruitment strategy in that sense.

Apart from the telecom sector, FMS has a sizeable alum base in Microsoft.

TISS and XLRI has its maximum alum base in Microsoft in the technology companies.

It is very interesting that JBIMS has maximum number of alumni in HP.

Maximum alums of NITIE are in Amazon which reinstates the campus popularity for Supply Chain function. Across this category of Business Schools it can be seen that there are sizeable alums in the telecom sector.

 The Post 1966 Top Business Schools

Given below is the raw data from LinkedIn for the 8 Schools in this cluster of schools established post 1966.

Please note that

1) No filtration has been done for job profile. Hence, the figures below represent every role and domain – the numbers below include alumni in IT, Sales & Marketing, Operations, Corporate Finance, HR and other domains.

2) All possible business of a Technology company have been considered. For e.g. – Philips below consists of employees working in Philips Lighting, Philips Design, etc.

3) One of the reasons that a huge number of alum base can be seen in IIM B and ISB could also be because of the short term courses provided by these institutes. Hence, users on Linkedin have indicated themseleves as an IIM B alumni or ISB alumni even after doing a short term course at these institutes. Such type of filtering was not done because of paucity of time.

4) NMIMS also has many undergrad degrees. The figures for NMIMS could be influenced heavily because of this as M.Tech, B.Com, BBA, B.Sc. Eco grads are also counted along with the post-grad MBA. Also, we have seen many examples of Narsee Monjee College of Commerce and Economics grad label themselves under NMIMS by mistake on LinkedIn.

 

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 The analysis done below gives a detailed look into:

1)Company wise slicing of Alumni across Category 1 B-Schools.

2)Cumulative percentage of alumni working in different companies.

 

% of Alumni for each Company in Top Schools from all Alumni working in the Top Schools Considered

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In the above table, the figures in red indicate the maximum percentage of alums in a company from a particular B School. It can be seen across that almost all the companies have their maximum employees as IIM Bangalore or ISB alums.

Amazon came out as the largest recruiter with 439 alumni from this category of B Schools. HP was second with 434 alumni.

IIM Bangalore alumni comprise of 83% of Yahoo’s employee base from among these schools! Across 16 schools no other school even comes close when you consider Yahoo

45% of the alums of Google considered from this cluster are from ISB which tells quite a story. Even if one compares with IIM C  (the dominant school from the previous cluster) – ISB still has almost double the alumni at Google.

Apple is another company where ISB has clear dominance. In fact, Apple hires for its Singapore office mostly from ISB in India.

Airtel and Vodafone representing the telecom sector have a fairly distributed percentage of employees across cluster 2 B Schools.

eBay and PayPal have almost equal number or employees from IIM B, IIM L and ISB.

SPJIMR and NMIMS continue to show large % of alumni across companies. MDI has an healthy % of alumni in companies with a large presence in the NCR region. IIM I and IIM K – among the younger schools here (ISB an exception again) – don’t do too badly when compared to many far older schools in the previous cluster.

 

% of Alumni for each School in Top Companies from all Alumni working in the Top Companies Considered

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The above table shows the percentage of alumni from a particular B-school spread across different companies.

Almost 1/5th of the alums from MDI are working in Airtel in this sector. 1/3rd of the alums at IIM L are at the two e-commerce giants – Amazon and Flipkart. The growth in the e-commerce sector can be seen as IIM L, ISB and SPJIMR have the maximum alumni base in Amazon.

ISB has sizeable alumni in Google and Microsoft as well. IIM B has its maximum alum in HP.

 

Pre-1966 Established Schools – Location (Numbers vary from raw data of companies as source data sets are different)

It can be seen from the above figure that FMS and IIFT have their maximum alums in this sector in Delhi. Also JBIMS has its maximum alums in Mumbai. This indicates a regional preference amongst the alums as well as the recruiters. Across this category of B Schools Bangalore has a sizeable alum base as the Technology Companies have most of their offices located in Bangalore.

 

 From the two graphs shown above, we see that across the entire cluster 1 school, ~24% of the alums are working abroad in one of these technology companies. The second graph indicates out of the total alums working abroad:  ~58% of these alums are in the USA, followed by European countries.

Post-1966 Established Schools – Location (Numbers vary from raw data of companies as source data sets are different)

 It is seen from the above figure that Gurgaon has the maximum number of alums across all these B Schools which is different from cluster 1. For MDI alums, Bangalore is still the leader in terms of number of alums. IIM B has 77% of its alums in Bangalore in these companies which represents quite a significant number. For NMIMS, Mumbai is the place to be for the alums which indicates regional preference amongst its alums.

 From the above 2 figures, we see that across the entire cluster 2 school, ~16% of the alums are working abroad in one of these technology companies which is a considerable drop as compared to those from cluster 1 schools. Out of the total alumni working abroad ~57% of these alums are in the USA which is more or less the same figure as compared to cluster 1. There are sizeable alums in UAE and Australia as well and hence the others represent 32%. ISB tops the chart in the number of alums working abroad with 21% followed by IIM B with 18%. For IIM B, USA is the preferred destination as out of the total alums abroad around 69% are in the USA.

For previous year’s reports, please click here. To read other reports from 2015 edition, click here.

 

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This report has been created by Student Team InsideIIM members – Manvi, Shubham, Srihari,Saikat and the Sector Lead for this report – Aditya Agarwal with inputs from Ankit Doshi. Please leave your queries for the team below.

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