Startups in India are on the rise, with many earning accolades of praise and appreciation all over the world and growing to become unicorns and decacorns even within a few months of being founded at times.

With so many startups and the demography of the youth in India being at an all-time high, choosing whom to work for and deciding where they might find their peak and continuous growth as well can be a bit confusing. To make this process easier, we have created a compilation of the fastest growing startups in India.

What are some of the best startups to work for in India?

1. OYO homes and hotels

One of the world’s largest hotel chain, OYO homes and hotels was founded by Rishabh Agarwal as an 18 year old in 2013. Amongst several such awards, OYO has also received Startup of the Year, Financial Express, 2015. OYO has come a long way, from being a start-up, to becoming a unicorn and to now being a decacorn. It is aiming to become the world’s largest hotel chain by 2023. It currently manages 515,000 rooms in 10 countries.
OYO offers a range of employee benefits for a satisfactory work experience, such as –

  • Competitive Market Compensation
  • Financial Security
  • Healthcare
  • Time Off
  • Childcare
  • Employee Stock Options

2. Cure.Fit

A mobile app, Cure. Fit, has brought together the various aspects of healthy living – from physical fitness to nutrition and home delivering food to mental well-being on a single platform in a manner that makes it fun and practical.

Cure. Fit has adopted a revolutionary work system that makes working there a unique, and fantastic experience. Some of those are –

  • No hierarchy – their belief in action instead of position creates a work environment that affords a satisfactory amount of freedom to employees to work and lead on projects that drive them.
  • No ‘leave policy’ – because mental and physical wellness is their mantra above all
  • Perks such as food allowance and certain privileges over their own services and products for all employees.
  • Flexible working hours – employees have the freedom to decide time and duration for their working hours as best suited to them.

3. TapChief

This is a system to empower professionals to interact and learn from experts in their domain. They can also work with businesses and organizations across the world and aggregate their personal brand online. It is a simpler and more effective way to network, work and learn online.
Employment perks at TapChief

  • Unlimited vacation days
  • Pet-friendly HQ and an open to all pantry to boot
  • Growth and learning opportunities with skilling sessions and monthly meetings with experts from TapChief community.

4. Razorpay

Founded in 2014, Razorpay is a payment gateway in India integrating several payment modes like debit cards, credit cards, net banking, UPI and prepaid digital wallets.
Employee benefits –

  • Flexible working hours
  • MacBooks for everyone
  • Food and snacks
  • 10 lakhs accident insurance (employee)
  • 5 lakhs medical insurance (family floater)

5. Bounce

Based in Bengaluru, a bike renting app, Bounce is the perfect app for the introverts, the recluses and the ones feeling generally non sociable for it has done away with the keys as well as the interaction with humans. Download the app, pick a location and a bike, ride to your destination and move on. No keys. No responsibility. No communication. Within a few months of launching dockless scooters in Bengaluru, the firm has completed over five million rides, covering 30 million km. The founders of Bounce – HR Vivekananda, Varun Agni and G Anil – who started with bikes, bicycles and kick scooters are now looking to convert their entire fleet of vehicles into electronic vehicles.

According to employee reviews, Bounce is a fun place to work at offering free healthcare, pension and mentorship

6. Playment

Founded by IIT KGP/Guwahati 2013 grads, Playment is a data labeling platform which helps machine learning engineers build high quality ground truth datasets for training and validating machine learning models.
Of the perks of working at Playment, some of them are –

  • Flexible working hours
  • Office parties
  • Sports events
  • Competitive salary

7. Rivigo

Rivigo provides express surface logistics all over the country. The startup was founded in 2014. Logistics unicorn Rivigo was recently granted patent rights by the United States Patent and Trademark Office for its relay truck model, which allows truckers to drive 4-5 hours at a stretch and return home the same day.
Benefits at Rivigo according to employee (current and former) reviews –

  • Health care and Insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Stock options or equity
  • Maternity and Paternity leave
  • Sick leave
  • Bereavement leave
  • Job Training and Tuition

8. ACKO

Founded in 2016, ACKO is India’s first InsurTech company. ACKO makes buying and using insurance a seamless, safe and hassle-free process.

Employee reviews acclaim benefits such as free lunch and breakfast, work from home options and great working environment.

9. Mfine

This startup is an AI powered online doctor platform that provides instant online access to doctors from the best hospitals. Employee reviews attribute great learning experience to working here.

10. InterviewBit

This is a platform that teaches you most of everything you need to know for a technological job. It is one of the leading interview preparation websites. Some of the many employee attested benefits of working at InterviewBit are – Healthcare and life insurance, sick leave, free lunch or snacks and reduced or flexible working hours with work from home option as well.

11. UDAAN

This startup is a network centric business that brings buyers and sellers from across the country easily accessible on a single platform. Some of the job benefits according to several employee reviews are –
Healthcare and Insurance, pension plan, stock or equity options, performance bonus, maternity and paternity leave, work from home options, child care facilities, sick leave, bereavement leave and free lunch or snacks.

12. Little Black Book

It is India’s biggest platform to shop and discover independent brands and retailers. Based in Delhi, there workforce is 65% women, and 60% of the leadership is constituted by women. Media, Communication, Marketing and sales form their largest job functions with digital marketing, social media marketing and creative writing as their most common skills.

Client reviews have attributed benefits such as free coffee and the opportunities to learn, grow and meet high end clientele.

13. Dunzo

This Bengaluru based, google backed concierge service platform prides itself in its super quick deliveries, from groceries and pet food to medicines and most of whatever else you may need delivered. Programming languages such as SQL, C ++ and C form its core skills in operations, engineering and sales. They offer wellness camps, medical coverage, monthly Dunzo cash on the app, Parental leave for mothers (6 months) as well as fathers (15 days).

14. upGrad

A further education online platform especially curated for working individuals, upGrad with its expanding business, is on the lookout currently to hire more than 150 employees. It is focusing on education, engineering and business development. The skills most likely to get picked up are SQL, JAVA, Analytics for jobs in sales, marketing and career support.

Employee reviews suggest job benefits such as – work from options, flexible environment, learning opportunities, great company culture and work-life balance, Healthcare and Insurance, free snacks and maternity and paternity leave.

15. Nineleaps

True to its name, Nineleaps enables businesses to take the leap into technological advancement and re-invent. They help the company become increasingly productive and advance in terms of their technological usage in the company’s processes. They welcome freshers and interns and experienced workers alike. To add fun moments and break the monotony of a regular day of work, they sometimes hold hackathons, sports tournaments and various such activities. Women are even offered a cab service from the company. Java, SQL and JavaScript are skills they are looking for in their employees

16. Simpl

An online payment platform, Simpl markets itself ‘anti-wallet’ having enabled online purchases with options such as ‘pay later’. It boats of 2 million transactions in a month with big wig clients such as Zomato and Swiggy. With their largest job functions being in engineering, operations and marketing the skills they most commonly scout are SQL, Analytics and JavaScript among others. They also offer perks such as free lunch or snacks, employee assistance programs and vacation and paid time off.

17. Meesho

Meesho is one of the fastest growing e-commerce companies in India. From homemakers, teachers, and students to boutique owners, professionals and businessmen and women can resell on Meesho. Resellers get the opportunity to earn margins more than 25,000 monthly, get bonus upto 6000 weekly and earn commission upto 5000 per referral. They also cover various insurance plans, offer maternity and paternity leave, work from home options as well as a free lunch or snacks.

18. Digit Insurance

They call themselves ‘the simplifiers’ for how easy and user friendly they make the process of getting an insurance. Their largest job functions are in business development, finance and engineering. Their most common skills are SQL, Business Analysis and Java.

Employee reviews attribute benefits such as onsite parking, gym and creche, coverage of brokerage/relocation costs if moving to job location, healthcare and life insurance, pension plan and performance bonus, employee discount as well as free lunch or snacks.

19. Karza Technologies

Based in Mumbai, Karza Technologies specializes in Banking Applications, Credit Assessment, Loan Monitoring, Fraud Analytics, Big Data Analytics, Business Intelligence. They have no fixed time for their employees nor a minimum number of days to clock in just as long as they get their job done. Their required employee skills are most commonly Python, SQL and Java with largest job functions in engineering, research and business development. Employee review has avouched working at the start up to be a great learning experience.

20. StashFin

A privately held company in the financial services, StashFin is a digital lending venture with its headquarters in New Delhi. The company’s most common skills are SQL, MySQL and Web Development with their largest job function in Engineering, Information Technology and Business Development. They offer perks such as Job training and tuition and performance bonus.

Accreditation and Awards for best companies to work for

The merits of a company and their standard of quality are accredited every year through the means of several professional awards decided by a panel of experienced businessmen and big wig companies of the corporate world. These awards are especially bolstering for start ups since it can raise their credibility and also earn them visibility in the corporate world of corporate function. They also serve as morale boosters for the employees and affords individual recognition to the exceptional workers. Mentioned below are few such nationally and internationally acclaimed awards.

A List of awards that identify good companies to work at

1. Best Company Award by Small Business BC Awards

This is given to the company that displays applaudable leadership. One that empowers its employees, motivating them and making them efficient with innovative HR practices, as well as showing a proven track record of growth profitability for at least the last to fiscal years and must have less than 50 employees.

2. Employees’ Choice Award

Winners for the 2019 Top CEOs and Top CEOs at Small & Medium Companies determined using Glassdoor’s algorithm indicate how good a business is to work for an employee by displaying the approval ratings of existing employees of the company on their CEO.

3. 50 best workplaces in India.

Identified by Global management consulting and research firm Great place this compilation represents the 50 best places to work for in India. The businesses taken into consideration constitute between 100 to 500 employees

4. LinkedIn Top Companies

Where India wants to work now. They take into consideration three things – job application, engagement and employee retention.

5. 100 Best Companies for Women in India

The AVTAR Group and Working Mother joined forces to select the 100 best companies that are facilitating women in thriving at both, work as well as home life. workforce profile, flexible work, women’s recruitment and retention, benefits, paid-time off, company culture and safety and security, as provided by the applicant companies.

6. SHRM India HR Excellence Awards

This award recognizes businesses that put people first. Businesses that recognize the importance of employees in the achievement of their goals.

7. Mercer-NDTV Employer Excellence Awards

Award introduced in collaboration with Mercer and NDTV, this award recognizes the businesses that put considerable effort in making their workplaces diversity friendly, encourages a healthy work life balance and puts their people first. This award is given out in 10 categories – Excellence In Work Life Balance, Employee Recognition, Capability Building, Digital HR, Workplace Diversity, Connected Organization, Career Development, Innovative Hiring, Employee Well-Being, Innovative Benefits

8. Employer Branding Awards

Businesses that realize the importance of creating a proper brand experience for the employees just as much as the customers are the ones recognized through this award. Companies that are contributing to the ‘Talent Management, Talent Development and Talent Innovation’ are who form part of the employer branding status.

9. India’s Best Companies To Work For

Several companies apply to Great Place to Work® Institute in order to get their companies assessed and benchmarked for their workplace culture. They also recognize – Best Companies To Work In Employee Wellness, Best Companies To Work In Employer Branding, Best Companies In Utilizing Analytics To Drive Great Place To Work® Initiative, Best Companies in Workplace Transformation Case Study Competition and Developing People Managers etc.

10. The Aon Best Employers Study and Award

This is one of the most prestigious awards in the corporate world. The companies are finalized on the basis of characteristics – Engagement, Leadership, Performance Culture, and Employer Brand.

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