Dec 30, 2009

Working at Mukesh Ambani's Reliance.

So if you are a western school educated, successful professional and you are considering moving to India for a job.

How would it be to work at Mukesh Ambani's Reliance? What sort of people make to the very top? Are they hired externally?

So if you are a western school educated, successful professional and you are considering moving to India for a job.
Although Reliance is at the forefront of the Indian industries in terms of innovation and growth, it is a hierarchical and old style India enterprise. It is run as a big family Enterprise where the "owner's" word is the law. There will be pictures of Late Dhirubhai Ambani with a garland all over the place. Professional management will be layered away if not on an organizational chart then in decision rights away from the "owner". The layer will be filled with ruling family members and those close to the family. Loyalty will be as important as merit and competency.

Mukesh Abmani has studied in the US - in Stanford. Still the management style might be hierarchical.

Dhirubhai Ambani had made sure that his kids don't get too insulated from the streets - so he had hired a private tutor to take both the kids around the city of Mumbai in public transport - every day for three hours. He knows what it means to be a common Indian.

Mukesh Ambani gets to work at around 11 am and works through the day till midnight. If you are around where he works, then you would be doing the same. Working in India, means working late. You are either on calls with the partners on the western hemisphere or working late because everyone does so.

Managing the Government relationships - Indian Government at federal, state, and local levels is highly sought out. So your business skills will be just about 5-10% of what you bring to the table - the rest would be this relationship management. Reliance grew during the 'license Raj' - the time when the Government decided where the private and public wealth was to be directed, and to whom. That meant getting a license to do something would make you rich due to its exclusivity. Things are a little different now, but the people who run the business and the Government are used to the 'favors' available during the license raj. Outright bribes may be there, but more likely would be the favors bestowed through the network of other businesses and charities or foundations is the way to get ahead.

Can you manage that? Can you get some Government official's son an admission into US school? With full scholarship?

India is wonderful. Mumbai is exciting. There are opportunities for staggering growth. However, it is important to make sure that the downsides of working in Mumbai are taken into consideration.

Dec 13, 2009

Voting Finger

Interesting picture of the Bachchan family displaying the finger with voting ink mark.

Dec 5, 2009

Indira, Rajeev, Sanjay Gandhi with Dara Singh

But who is the boy on the far right - next to Dara Singh?

Sanjay Gandhi, Randhawa, Rajeev Gandhi, Indira Gandhi, Dara Singh, Amitabh Bachchan.