Amazon, IBM, Microsoft – Top Tech And E-Commerce Companies For MBA Alumni

Some of the world’s most valuable and desirable companies belong to the Technology and E-Commerce industries, and across B-schools, these companies have gained significant prominence amongst all MBA stakeholders who view the Apples, the Amazons, the Googles of the world as highly attractive career opportunities. In this part of the Alumni Report series, we take a look at the concentration of alumni of top B-schools across top companies in the Technology & E-Commerce industries and identify trends, if any.

We have relied on publicly-available data from LinkedIn to carry out analyses and identify trends, and while LinkedIn provides us with enough data to decipher broad trends, these absolute numbers must be viewed with a degree of caution due to certain limitations of the research process that prevent us from getting numbers with pin-point-accuracy.

Highlights of The Report

Trends across both Clusters of B-Schools are similar, with Amazon, IBM, Microsoft and Google emerging as some of the largest recruiters across of alumni of top B-schools in India.

In Cluster 1, alumni of IIM Calcutta, IIM Ahmedabad and XLRI have the highest concentration across the top-15 Tech & E-Commerce companies. Apart from Amazon and IBM, Flipkart also appears to be an attractive destination for alumni of top B-schools, especially NITIE Mumbai and TISS.

In Cluster 2, alumni of the Indian School of Business and IIM Bangalore have a significantly high concentration of alumni across top Technology and E-Commerce companies. MICA, a new entrant to this series, has a higher number of alumni working at Google than alumni of IIM Lucknow and SIBM Pune combined!

Read more about how we made this report here.

You may also be interested in reading Alumni Reports on Consulting, Banking and Finance, and Consumer Goods.

Analysis For B-Schools Established Before 1966

The table above comprises the raw data for Indian business schools established prior to 1966. Please note the following:

  1. While relevant filters regarding roles and domains were applied in the research process, the existence of anomalies is possible. Therefore, there may be a positive or negative variance from the actual figures.
  2. All possible businesses of the companies have been considered. For instance, numbers under ‘Accenture’ consist of relevant employees at Accenture Strategy, Accenture Technology etc.
  3. In this report, a higher number does not equal more influence of alumni of specific business schools. The seniority of alumni, quality and diversity of roles play a bigger part. Unfortunately, this cannot be captured with exact accuracy given the paucity of time and subjectivity involved.

Company-Wise Slicing: Alumni Of Top Business Schools As A Percentage Of  The Total Number Of Alumni Of Each Company

Cells for companies where %age of total alumni of a B-school ≥ 20% have been highlighted in Green.

Observations

  • IIM Calcutta, IIM Ahmedabad and XLRI Jamshedpur are three B-schools that stand-out in this Cluster. Barring Ola Cabs, at least 1 in 5 of the total number of alumni across each of the 15 companies belongs to IIM Calcutta. Even at Ola, there is a significant percentage of IIM-C alumni presence. Both IIM A and XLRI have relatively high representation across all the companies in this report.
  • IIFT Delhi, FMS Delhi, JBIMS and TISS Mumbai have a relatively average representation across the companies in this report, with TISS alumni barely present across any of the companies. One reason for this could be the relatively small batch-sizes that these B-schools have when compared with the likes of the IIMs, XLRI etc.

School-Wise Slicing: Alumni of Top Business Schools As A Percentage Of Overall No. Of Alumni Of Respective B-Schools

Cells for B-schools where %age of alumni at a particular company ≥ 15% have been highlighted in Green.

Observations

  • Amazon and IBM emerge as the largest recruiters, with alumni of every single B-school in this cluster present in significant numbers at Amazon. In terms of absolute numbers (refer to Table 1.), the top-3 largest recruiters are Amazon, IBM and Microsoft, with 1/4th of the total alumni present at Amazon.
  • Alumni of all of the B-schools in this Cluster have little or no presence across Facebook, Tesla and Apple. Alumni at Tesla account for 0.07% of the total.
  • With the exception of Flipkart, though desirable, Indian companies (Ola, PayTM, Zomato) do not have a significant percentage of alumni presence from any of the B-schools in this Cluster.

Analysis For B-Schools Established After 1966

The table above comprises the raw data for Indian business schools established post-1966. Please note the following:

  1. While relevant filters regarding roles and domains were applied in the research process, the existence of anomalies is possible. Therefore, there may be a positive or negative variance from the actual figures.
  2. All possible businesses of the companies have been considered. For instance, numbers under ‘Accenture’ consist of relevant employees at Accenture Strategy, Accenture Technology etc.
  3. In this report, a higher number does not equal more influence of alumni of specific business schools. The seniority of alumni, quality and diversity of roles play a bigger part. Unfortunately, this cannot be captured with exact accuracy given the paucity of time and subjectivity involved.

Disclaimer – The figures at NMIMS Mumbai may be heavily influenced by the alumni of NMIMS who may have pursued a non-MBA undergraduate degree from NMIMS, though the filters applied during research will minimise such anomalies. 

Additionally, it must be noted that IIM Kozhikode figures must be taken with a pinch of salt, considering that due to a technical glitch on LinkedIn, the absolute numbers are likely to be a misrepresentation of the actual figures of IIM-K alumni at these top-15 Technology & E-Commerce companies. 


Company-Wise Slicing: Alumni Of Top Business Schools As A Percentage Of  The Total Number Of Alumni Of Each Company

Cells for companies where %age of total alumni of a B-school ≥ 20% have been highlighted in Green.

Observations

  • ISB and IIM Bangalore are stand-out B-schools in this Cluster, with alumni from these two elite institutes present in significant percentages across the top-15 most desirable Tech & E-Commerce companies. Across most of the companies in this report, every other employee is likely to be a graduate of either of these two institutes.
  • Amongst the IIMs, IIM Bangalore has a significantly higher alumni presence across these 15 companies as compared to other IIMs.
  • SPJIMR and MDI Gurgaon have decent representation, and on the other end of the spectrum, alumni of SIBM Pune have little or no presence across most of the companies in this report. It is also worth noting that more alumni of MICA are working at Google today than the alumni of IIM Lucknow and SIBM Pune combined, though this one of only two companies where MICAns are present in a relatively higher percentage (the other being LinkedIn).

School-Wise Slicing: Alumni of Top Business Schools As A Percentage Of Overall No. Of Alumni Of Respective B-Schools

Cells for B-schools where %age of alumni at a particular company ≥ 15% have been highlighted in Green.

Observations

  • As was seen in Cluster 1, Amazon and IBM are two of the largest recruiters of alumni of B-schools in this cluster, with alumni of every single B-school in this cluster present in significant numbers at Amazon. In terms of absolute numbers, the top-3 largest recruiters are Amazon, IBM and Microsoft, with nearly 30% of the total alumni present at Amazon.
  • Once again, the alumni of all of the B-schools in this Cluster have little or no presence across Facebook, Tesla and Apple. Alumni at these three companies account for less than 4% of the total number of alumni.

Methodology

B-School & Company Selection

The various ‘top business schools’ in this report have been picked up from the InsideIIM MBA Rankings for 2019. The various companies in this report are the Top-15 companies from our report on the Most Desirable Technology & E-Commerce Companies of 2018/2019.

Cluster-wise Segmentation

In order to ensure that the alumni base of the various business schools are comparable and not vastly different, we segmented the 18 business schools in this report into 2 clusters: Pre-1966 and Post-1966. 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.

The following business schools have been considered for this report:

MICA Ahmedabad and SIBM Pune are new entrants in this series and are two of India’s most desirable business schools with a rich history and a relatively large alumni base, having been established decades ago.


Limitations Of The Report

As mentioned at the beginning, certain limitations of the research process prevent us from arriving at conclusions with pin-point accuracy. Some of the major limitations are:

· Not everyone is on LinkedIn: B-school alumni may not necessarily have registered on LinkedIn, therefore not giving a comprehensive overview of the actual figures of alumni concentration at some of the world’s most well-known and reputed Technology & E-Commerce companies.

It is also possible that those on LinkedIn may not necessarily update their profiles, thereby giving erroneous or incomplete employment data.

· Not everyone is a B-school student: Unfortunately, LinkedIn does not allow one to filter out MBA graduates from the crowd, and therefore, it is difficult to distinguish between MBA alumni and those who have pursued a certificate course, those who have pursued a short-term duration programme, or summer interns at the companies mentioned in this report. Additionally, for institutes such as NMIMS Mumbai that offer multiple courses, there are chances of errors in attempting to distinguish between NMIMS alumni who have pursued undergraduate programmes, and those who have pursued a PGDM programme.

How can we improve this report? Please let us know in the comments below. We look forward to your valuable feedback.

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You may also be interested in reading our Recruitment Survey reports to find out which are the most desirable recruiters on B-schools campuses, and in the minds of MBA aspirants as well as MBA graduates.

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