Samsung to Hire 2500 graduates in 3 years
Samsung India has announced it will hire 2,500 graduates from the country’s top engineering institutes over the next three years in what is being known as one of its largest recruitment drives ever to ramp up its research and development.
“A majority of these fresh hires will be for new-age domains such as Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data and biometrics,” Dipesh Shah, global senior vice president at Samsung, told a news publication, adding that a 1,000 engineering graduates will be absorbed this year in the company’s R&D centers in Bengaluru, Noida and Delhi.
This placement season itself, the South Korean electronics major has already scooped out talent for R&D across the National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and other leading institutions such as BITS Pilani, Manipal Institute of Technology, Delhi College of Engineering and Delhi Technological University. It plans to hire aggressively in final placements across the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).
For Samsung, a usual heavy investor in R&D—spent about $13 billion in 2016 and this year’s hiring will be a 25% jump over the last year’s 800-odd grads.
“Samsung is extremely bullish on R&D in India. Our R&D centres in India work on cutting-edge technology to develop innovations that are centred on Indian customers’ preferences and also contribute significantly to global products,” said Shah. “There is a large need for talent. We will be hiring across streams like computer science, electrical engineering, mathematics and computing and applied mechanics, among others.”
Samsung’s Bengaluru R&D centre is the biggest outside South Korea, where prominent research area is smart devices, semiconductors, printers, modems, Internet protocols and networks. The core areas being worked on are artificial intelligence, machine learning, natural language processing, IoT, augmented reality and networks including 5G in Bengaluru, and biometrics, mobile software development, multimedia and data security.
Some analysts suggest that Samsung is definitely feeling the heat, that’s why the aggressive hiring, in light of the fact that Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has caught up with it for the top spot in the Indian smartphone market.
“Samsung is retaliating in the only way one can: ‘I can R&D you out,’” said Sandip Das, senior advisor of Analysys Mason, a global consulting and research firm specialising in telecoms, media and digital services.
“In this business, obsolescence comes in extremely quickly and even the smallest competitor can sometimes overtake market leaders. However, if you have a strong innovation engine, you can lead the way and destroy your own products instead of waiting for someone else: keep the cannibal in the family so to speak. That’s what Samsung is doing by taking advantage of the vast pool of Indian engineering talent. In the process, it will also endear itself it to the Indian government and Indian consumer,” said Das.