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About The Organization

Godfrey Phillips India Limited is recognized among India's Best Companies to Work For 2019 and among India's Best Workplaces in Manufacturing 2020. Every year, Great Place to Work® identifies India's 100 Best Companies to Work For (with employee strength more than 500) through an objective and rigourous workplace culture assessment process. Last year, 142 organizations from the Manufacturing sector were assessed and 30 among them are identified as India's Best in Manufacturing.

Manufacturing, Sales(Domestic & International) and Marketing of Cigarettes, Tobacco, Chewing Products & Confectionary

Company Size

1051 Employees


Manufacturing & Production


Why Godfrey Phillips India Limited is a Great Place to Work?

Godfrey Phillips India Limited has successfully created a Great Place to Work FOR ALL their employees as they have excelled on the 5 dimensions that are a hallmark of a High-Trust, High-Performance Culture™ – Credibility, Respect, Fairness, Pride and Camaraderie. In a rigorous assessment process conducted by the Great Place to Work® Institute, Godfrey Phillips India Limited met the minimum criteria on the Trust Index© Employee Survey, on the consistency of experience across all demographics and on the Culture Audit© People Practices Framework, to clear the first level i.e. getting Great Place to Work-Certified™.

Great Place to Work® is considered the
‘Gold Standard’ in workplace culture assessment and recognition.

As a certified organization, Godfrey Phillips India Limited became eligible to be considered among 'India's Best Companies to Work For 2019' – a list that features the 'Best of the Best’. The process of identifying India's Best Companies to Work For is based purely on the assessment findings and does not involve any jury or opinion based criteria.

Culture Snapshot
Employees at GPI find a great learning environment through exposure to technology, automation, collaborative projects and social work. The organization's approach towards its people is humane and caring. There are several examples of the support extended to an employee in the hour of need. Employees are trusted with lots of responsibility and there is freedom to experiment and fail.

This page highlights more about the work culture of the organization, selected best people practices, the vision of the leadership and glimpses of employee life.

Read through to find out what makes Godfrey Phillips India Limited a Great Workplace.

Recognitions awarded by Great Place to Work®

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Great Place to Work-Certified™ from May 2019 - April 2020.

India's Best Companies to Work For 2019

India's Best Workplaces in FMCG 2019

Among India's 30 Best Workplaces in Manufacturing 2020

Best People Practices

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Heroes In-House

Employees that are their Heroes, both within and outside the business are celebrated, with videos circulated about their stories and success on WhatsApp and Yammer, two of their digital employee engagement platforms. They also regularly post inspirational stories of our employees who display the right values and behavior. Leaderboards at various locations help such employees see their photographs being proudly displayed to all other employees and outsiders.



Bottom-Up Inclusion

Inclusion is a key ingredient in developing the business plans and in incorporating valuable inputs of all employees. The Sales and Distribution Function and other key business units conduct a set of ‘Bottom-up’ workshops, allowing the employees at the frontline and throughout the rest of the business units to be a part of determining the company’s business plans. This empowerment and inclusion through bottom-up also results in better ownership, accountability, goal-clarity & employee engagement levels.

Here everyone is given the opportunity to develop himself & his team. Compensation above the industry average and no unnecessary harassment to anyone. People feel empowered with respect to their position and try to deliver their best with full sincerity. People wish to work here until their retirement age & above.

Employee Testimonial

Beside a great professional environment to work in, GPI provides several unique benefits like medical reimbursement which gives peace of mind, financial support for purchasing electronics devices like laptop, smartphone etc.

Employee Testimonial

Career @ Godfrey Phillips India Limited

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Leaders Speak


Bhisham Wadhera

CEO, Godfrey Phillips India Limited

1. What is your personal approach to making a Great Workplace?
I personally love the term Chief Empowerment Officer for CEO. As an organisation, we have made a lot of effort to empower our colleagues. I believe in providing people with the freedom that they need and allow them, in return, to show what they can accomplish. Any failure is taken as a positive learning experience. The autonomy, the trust that has built due to it is phenomenal. While empowerment is a pre-requisite for a fast-moving organisation, we encourage collaboration as stringently to ensure that we are able to optimise different perspectives, experiences and skills. Collaboration going hand in hand with Empowerment is creating an Organization which is future ready and a place people enjoy coming to every day.

2. What are the top 2 benefits you see of creating a Great Workplace?
A Great Workplace to me is one where one is not attached by a contract of employment, rather where one is attached through emotional connect. This is the only level of engagement that can deliver path breaking performance.

The bigger benefit is in creating a larger happy family which goes beyond the employees & business partners to their families as well. The ripple effect.

3. What are your top people priorities?
I do not have any people priorities. It is the people who decide their priorities. My role is to create responsible people, who fulfil their priorities and an eco-system that encourages and supports it.

4. How has your association with Great Place to Work® helped your business and strategic goals?
Being eligible for the certification at our first attempt itself is a validation that we are on the right path. It has reinforced employee faith, energy and focus. We are sure it will propel our team to think innovatively, take on bigger challenges and stay focused on going beyond the goals defined.


Rajesh Mehrotra

Head HR, Godfrey Phillips India Limited

1. What can your present and potential employees be sure of from a work culture perspective in the organization?
The employees of Godfrey Phillips India can be sure of the fact that they are the architect and co-creator of the Work Culture they practice on a day to day basis. The Work Culture of Godfrey Phillips has always been the prerogative of people at large. My role is to just link it to the Organization’s ethos and let the common will prevail.

2. What, according to you, is a people challenge your industry is facing?
We in Godfrey Phillips India have the best retention rate in the Industry. Our business challenges emerge from a dynamic environment that throws multi-faceted situations at our workforce. Keeping the employees motivated, energized and focused in any given scenario takes precedence in our case.

3. How are you ensuring a consistent workplace experience FOR ALL your employees, irrespective of their role, age, gender, tenure etc. in the organization?
Consistent workplace experience is best created by an inclusive and encompassing culture which is felt across levels and demographics rather than being a matter of employee policies and its administration. Thus, a concerted effort is constantly made to focus on the cultural imperatives determined by people at large while senior stakeholders play the role model. This sets the tone for the rest of the Organization. We are intentional about culture, approaching it from an architectural model — based on proactive leaders at all levels.

4. How has your association with Great Place to Work® helped your business and strategic goals?
People centralism has always been a key ingredient in our strategic business objectives. Being a Great Place to Work ensures the right kind of pride, engagement and involvement towards meeting these Strategic Objectives.

Life @ Godfrey Phillips India Limited

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