New Delhi: As a part of its efforts to become a ‘meritocracy-led’ organisation, Delhi-based e-commerce major Snapdeal has announced that it will roll out annual salary hikes of 20% and above for its top performers.
Snapdeal vice president (HR) Saurabh Nigam said that the salary raise, effective April 1, will also include ESOPs (employee stock ownership plans) for the top performers.
"We have moved onto a trimester-based performance review. We want to be a meritocracy-led organisation and we want to reward our top performers. This year these top performers across functions, will get at least 20 per cent hike," Nigam said.
Nigam also said there will be ESOPs for top performers, the quantum of which is still under discussion. "This will benefit about 5-15 per cent of the company's employee base. It is important to retain talent and these efforts keep employees motivated and committed to the company's goals," he said.
He, however, did not disclose the quantum of hike being rolled out for other employees. It has over 6,000 employees across Delhi, Gurgaon and Bengaluru. Last year, Snapdeal had rolled out a hike of 16 per cent and above for its top performers.
Asked about the recent move to put 200 employees on a 'performance improvement' notice, Nigam said Snapdeal provides its employees with an opportunity to improve their performance.
"We believe in meritocracy. People not meeting their KRSs (targets) are given an opportunity to improve and that is what we did and some of them decided to part ways," he said.
Under its performance improvement plan (PIP), the employees have been given 30 days to improve performance and failure to improve will result in termination of services.
The booming online commerce in India has created thousands of jobs across the country. With competition intensifying in the e-commerce space, companies are trying to retain talent with heavy remunerations and other benefits.
Spurred by funding, e-commerce firms are expected to give the highest annual increment of more than 15 per cent in salary in 2016, according to a report by Aon Hewitt.
In the past couple of years, Indian unicorns like Flipkart, Ola and Snapdeal have hired top talent from global giants like Google, Microsoft, P&G, Bharti Airtel etc., offering executives hefty paychecks to drive growth in these new technology-driven businesses.
With PTI Inputs