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Updated May 15, 2017
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Wipro CEO & Member of the Board Abidali Z. Neemuchwala
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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Are these guys serious?"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Director in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Wipro full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible - mainly because of the incompetence of most of the management
    Range of projects across sectors, variety for technology people
    You can establish yourself if you're an underachiever
    Great if you're Indian

    Cons

    Bullying environment
    Offshore delivery management out of touch
    Treat employees like dirt
    Lack consistent customer approach
    Racist

    Advice to Management

    Wipro is like a kindergarten, the company lacks maturity and a common culture, the default resourcing approach is "get a work visa and bring in more Indians", many of whom are not fit for purpose. A lot of talk, but the reality is far different. Your employees don't like the culture, clients have no confidence in you.
    Get a reality check and treat your staff better.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Client Partner"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Client Partner in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Client Partner in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Wipro full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Some good technical capabilities and would suit those who would like to do operational roles.

    Cons

    Little empowerment, internally focussed company and leadership team lack quality.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on customer, enable customer facing teams to take decisions that would help improve customer satisfaction. Too many managers who are essentially gate keepers.


  3. "good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - QA/Project Engineer in Hyde, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - QA/Project Engineer in Hyde, England (UK)

    I have been working at Wipro as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very good teams, Lots of different fields

    Cons

    policy change and lots of pressure from clients


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Not for the faint-hearted...!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Program Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Wipro full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great variety of roles. If you negotiate hard, basic pay and bonus is good. The general 'Sunshine' nature of the Indian culture permeates through most of the organisation and can be a real pleasure to work in.

    Cons

    There is no 'Human' in the company HR culture - just Resource. The organisation appears to be run by the back-office function (in particular HR) which has created a 'cardboard cut-out' version of company culture and values to enable it to position itself alongside companies from developed economies. In doing so, the company presents a veneer of developed economy respectability which has been added to tick boxes concerning integrity, fair play and overall honesty in its dealings. Alongside these concerns, the cultural structure and accompanying nepotism means that only a very small number of people have decision making capability. The rest will go to extraordinary lengths to avoid being made to carry an 'R' or 'A' from the RACI matrix. Essentially, this culture is one that means you cannot trust most people to stand up and take ownership when things get difficult or look bad. The back office function is appalling by developed economy standards. You will rarely get anything achieved in a straightforward manner, despite the vast number of highly diverse and complex internal support systems. Again, there is nothing 'Human' in the treatment of employees from the perspective of individual support. If you can cope with doing everything yourself, including following up on even small things multiple times to get anything done, this is the company for you.

    Advice to Management

    Many of you are highly educated and articulate people. Just wish you would walk-the-walk more instead of all the lip-service dished out about integrity, honesty etc.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Good for a graduate, not so good for experienced hires"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Wipro full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Some good engagements
    - Opportunities to travel internationally and work with global clients
    - Quarterly bonus paid out two months in arrears (if you can achieve it, see my comment below)
    - Great colleagues to work with and socialise outside of work

    Cons

    - A process for everything to the extent that strictly following the policies can eat into the returns from engagements.
    - Bad expense policies and management: you are not allowed to entertain a client beyond a cup of coffee / tea (unless you are very, very senior), it takes usually between 4 - 8 weeks until you are reimbursed expenses, Hospitality Team will book you into the cheapest 2 / 3 star hotel unless you are assertive to book you into a decent hotel, Expenses team will watch the pennies and deduct it silently from your final payout, strictly no receipt - no reimbursement...
    - Many people get assigned to unsuitable engagements
    - Bench time can be very long - weeks or even months depending on your specialism. I have seen consultants who have spent months on the bench which means that you are not going to get your quarterly bonus which will heavily depend on your billing ratio unless you are very, very senior. So don't assume your bonus target is guaranteed - make sure you negotiate a high base salary if you really want a guaranteed income.
    - Project / engagement managers are challenged to execute programmes with resources who either do not have the required skillset, who lack motivation due to location or long-term project commitment due to the project's nature (difficult client, long hours, bad project and client management etc)
    - Daily rate expectations are unrealistic which is the fundamental reason for long bench time

    Advice to Management

    - Build a stronger brand and credibility across all practices before asking clients to pay unrealistic rates - till then charge realistic rates to keep the bench low and build a more strategic client base. Start by assigning resources to suitable roles where they can excel in delivery, please the client and build a long-term working relationship.
    - Improve expenses management e.g. have local teams in each region or country rather than processing it all from Bangalore.
    - Simplify and remove some unnecessary policies. Start trusting your employees, let them make decisions within the guidelines of the policies. This will avoid the lengthy workflows and chains of approvals.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Poor exported Indian body shop"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Architect in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Architect in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Large number of accounts
    Easy to look good if you're competent
    Senior roles can be good on some projects

    Cons

    Internal systems (from HR to approvals)
    Sell cheap rather than quality focus
    Weak management
    Obvious nepotism within Indian ranks

    Advice to Management

    Act like a global company and utilise the talent within the geography in which you operate. Plan for the long-term. Ask yourself how on earth you achieved your current role.


  7. "Promising start, but a big let down on expectations"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Wipro full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    An organisation with big ideas and plans to be a market leader. I had the fortune to work with some really great individuals, who are welcoming and really dedicated to providing value.

    It was also great to get on really interesting projects, and provide real benefit to clients.

    Cons

    The management need to refocus on the employees, and remember they are valuable assets.
    They also need to remember, that employees do have career aspirations and are not there just to fill stop gaps in areas which they either have no interest in, or experience; since this does not benefit the end customer.

    Advice to Management

    The Spirit of Wipro, with the tenets are meaningless, if they are not followed, and does not set a good example for the rest of the organisation.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Aberdeen office is good!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good people, nice working evironment, managers will help you in any way they can.

    Cons

    loosing all their contract in britain so lots of people getting paid off, next to no chance of a pay rise. it can be very frustrating to try and get anyone in india to do anything for you.

    Advice to Management

    none, not their fault the policies are so bad.


  9. "Avoid if you can"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Database Administrator in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Database Administrator in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Wipro full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They would have multiple clients across geography and would give enough exposure to the freshers.

    Cons

    The subject master would think that no one knows more than him.
    Most of the senior most roles would only be given to Indians and in particularly South Indians.
    They would talk good things but when it comes to salary and promotion none has any power except bosses sitting at Bangalore office.
    The interviewers are below sub standards and would be busy working on their laptops while taking the interviews.

    Advice to Management

    Show some respect to other cultures as well. Give them chance to grow


  10. Helpful (1)

    "The bureaucracy and the related politics can be stifling and counter-productive."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Program Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Wipro full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good amenities at most delivery locations (even outside India). Fairly well respected in the marketplace. Relatively good day-to-day IT support. Large size allows for moving within the company. Relatively good work-life balance (but this also depends a lot on your level and the kind of role you are in). Those who are deputed to overseas roles (especially in US/UK) from India are paid a good 25-30% less than the market rate for the same role.

    Cons

    Heavily bureaucratic. 'Red tapes' exist almost everywhere you look.
    The HR function is almost a joke. I don't remember seeing even one C-SAT survey rolled out by the HR teams during my tenure of close to 8 years, and I guess thats because they themselves may be aware that their existence is merely a formality since every company should have a HR function.
    The other internal support functions aren't effective and (almost not at all) employee friendly.
    Not all divisions are growing as fast as they should.
    Meritocracy & 'Wipro Values', though constantly implied a lot on paper, aren't really applied. The appraisals are more of a 'tick in the box' than actual quality dialogue between a manager and his team.

    Advice to Management

    You have a lot of long timers (10+ years) who aren't as effective as they used to be. Importantly, they seem to have become very territorial (especially if they are CEMs placed onsite with the same client for too long) and start indulging in cheap politics to safeguard their position at the cost losing some good talent, which in turn may affect C-SAT, etc in the mid-long run. At least for this reason, rotate them at least every 4-5 years or risk having fiefdoms all over.


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