Aricent plans major hiring in India

by Ashutosh Desai    Apr 26, 2010

Aricent, a technology and services company in the communications space, intends to add another 3000 professionals to its global workforce. Out of these, one thousand will be recruited in India over the next 3-4 months itself. Speaking to CXOtoday, Indrajit Sen, AVP, Talent Acquisition, Aricent, said that 300 of these new recruits will be assigned to the Chennai development center. This recruitment drive will seek out "freshers as well as experienced people," said Sen.

The focus on increasing the head count at the Chennai development center is because the company expects to begin work on some ‘projects’ in Chennai soon. Sen declined to comment on the exact nature of these projects but said the work will revolve around the telecom software area, which involves the development and testing of wireless, 3G, LTE, data communications and WiMAX in India.

Only last year, Aricent had added close to 3000 people to its pay roll. This year, the company will add another 3000 globally. "This includes freshers as well as experienced people," explained Sen. According to Sen, freshers will comprise of 60 percent experienced and 40 percent freshers, which they hope to balance out later on.

Aricent intends to beef up its head count over the next three-four months itself and the positions at the Chennai office will "mostly be lateral." Sen explained that three thousand will include the ‘backfills’ and may not be the net additions. "When we have attrition, you have to backfill them. The net addition may be less than 3000 but overall we will have to hire about the same number, to take care of attrition plus additional hires."

Engineering graduates from Computer Science, IT, Electronics & Telecommunications are being considered. The technology services company will train the new recruits according to their experience. Apart from campus hiring, the company also banks on its employee referral system heavily.

According to Sen, almost 37-40 percent of our new hires are through the referral channel. This is an important channel for us because our engineers are able to bring in like-minded, like-strengths people. Apart from the ‘iRefer’ program, Aricent also intends to take advantage of business networking site, LinkedIn.com and job portals for freshers. He said that such alternative methods of roping in new and experience talent from the market has enabled the company to make the recruitment process 20 percent less cheaper than traditional head hunting methods.

The current global head count at Aricent stands at 8,500 with three development centers in India namely, Bangalore, Chennai and Gurgaon.