Millennium city Gurgaon recently got to witness the grand launch of a campus-style office of online shopping heavyweight Snapdeal by Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.
Snapdeal, one of the largest digital commerce marketplaces in the country, has been planning to consolidate its offices and relocate to a campus-style office, since the beginning of the year.
According to statistics available, the number of Snapdeal employees have jumped fourfold within a year. The new Gurgaon office is a 450,000 sq. ft campus, capable of housing close to 4,500 employees.
According to Saurabh Nigam, vice-president of human resources (HR) at Snapdeal, the number of Snapdeal employees have grown from 1,200 employees to 5,000-plus in just one year. While the pace of hiring might not remain the same next year but the ramp-up will surely continue and hence, consolidation was a necessary step for the company.
The company, which had eight offices in South Delhi’s Okhla region by the start of the year, plans to retain some of its existing offices.
Speaking at the inauguration, the Haryana CM said, “I am quite certain that with Snapdeal now here, Gurgaon will also become an important hub of India’s e-commerce sector.”
According to information available till now, the new campus is most likely to house the technology, category, finance and HR teams, while the sales and customer services team will continue to work from the Delhi offices.
It took Snapdeal more than six months to search the perfect location for its campus-style office. In the end, Gurgaon made the cut and emerged as a clear winner.
Following the mantra of a “happy employee means a successful company,” Snapdeal’s new office reportedly has amenities such as a medical centre and a food court, along with services like library, gym, spa and a crèche for working parents.
Backed by big investors such as SoftBank, eBay Inc., BlackRock, Premji Invest, Intel Capital, Bessemer Venture Partners and Temasek, the ecommerce giant is expected to grow at a larger pace in the future.
Speaking about Snapdeal’s plan for the future, Kunal Bahl, Co-Founder and CEO, Snapdeal said, “E-commerce is a new-age industry and it requires young professionals to drive it.”
He further added, “Snapdeal, as one of the vanguards of digital commerce wants to create an environment of enterprise and long-term sustainability for the sector. Our Gurgaon campus is home to 5,000 of the biggest and sharpest minds in the country.”
Flipkart, India’s largest e-commerce company, is also building a similar 1.5 million sq. ft campus in the city Bengaluru. The campus, that is expected to be completed by the year 2017, will have a housing capacity of 12,000 people.