Indians in pursuit of the American dream need no longer cross the seven seas. In fact, they can do it from home itself, as nine of the top 10 American companies to launch a career with are present here.
Global accounting and consultancy giants Deloitte & Touche, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and Ernst & Young, IT major IBM and Internet search giant Google have emerged as the top five career launchers in the United States, according to a study by finance magazine BusinessWeek. These are followed by software major Microsoft, entertainment giant Walt Disney, IT consultancy major Accenture, defence equipment maker Lockheed Martin and Teach for America, a non-profit organization.
The Top 9
Excluding Teach for America, all firms have a noticeable presence in India in terms of headcount and are in the process of further expanding in the years to come.
BusinessWeek's September 24 issue has a total 95 such companies. Nearly half of them have a significant part of their workforce in India while a number of others are understood to be working on making a presence in the country. Besides, nearly all of those already in India are expected to substantially expand their workforce here.
Other firms on the list with a sizeable India presence include Intel, Cisco, Goldman Sachs, Johnson and Johnson, Lehman Brothers, Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Motorola, Unilever, JP Morgan, Careerbuilder.Com, Merrill Lynch, KPMG and Prudential.
India already accounts for IBM's largest workforce outside the US while the Indian strength of Accenture is expected to soon surpass its US headcount.
Deloitte plans to augment its India headcount to 12,000 by 2010. PwC, which has 12 offices in different Indian cities, is expected to nearly double its headcount from 4,500 in the next four years. E&Y, with nine offices, also has more than 1,500 employees in India.