Company culture and the employee experience are critical considerations for job seekers everywhere. This was the basis behind Glassdoor’s Employees’ Choice Awards, which, according to Diarmuid Russell, the firm’s head of international, collates a list of the best places to work “solely determined by the people who work there”.
Further comment was given by Petra Wilton, director of strategy for the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), who claimed the best places to work award not only revealed what made an employer great to work for, but also what makde the business highly productive.
“CMI research shows that high growth is directly linked to high levels of trust in management who operate in open, transparent cultures,” she explained. “Setting the right work/life balance is also crucial – an ‘always-on’ expectation from leaders is a productivity killer. Employers need to invest in developing skilled management teams capable of keeping staff happy, motivated and productive.”
Glassdoor’s top five proved her right. But which five ended up being the best places to work for in the UK – and why?
1) Expedia – 4.3 rating
Expedia is the first company of its size to rank first place for two consecutive years since Glassdoor launched its best place to work ranking, so there has to be a really juicy secret behind its success… right?
Not at all. Johan Svanstrom, president of the Hotels.com and Expedia Affiliate Network brands claimed the company had invested in attracting and retaining a fantastic team of employees from diverse backgrounds.
“They really drive ideation and execution of great services to partners and customers and enable our company to stay ahead in the ever-changing travel tech landscape,” he said. “The combination of our talent with an outspoken culture of fun, openness and true ambition makes Expedia such a great place to work.”
It’s proof that great company culture will drive staff engagement. In this case, Expedia’s test and learn culture was one of the biggest contributors to its success in the awards, with the approach said to empower s to put forward new ideas and directly help shape strategy.
2) ARM Holdings –4.3 rating
This is yet another company to make it onto the list for a second year in a row – though it’s now jumped from seventh spot to second place.
It’s easy to see why though. A quick look through the review section offers quite a selection of glowing words thrown across the page: Collaborative, inventive, positive, interesting, constructive, encouraging, optimistic and motivating.
One employee said the firm offered good work/life balance, adding: “Technically challenging and fascinating work. Innovation and proactivity recognised and rewarded. Very friendly.” It was followed promptly by another positive review, claiming ARM was secretly the best company in the world.
Despite a few suggesting there was significant pressure to deliver, particularly around project deadlines, the firm was cited as being completely employee driven – focused on staff well being, whilst dedicating many of its resources to support staff members.
3) HomeServe UK – 4.3 rating
This home assistance company has long suggested it strived hard to create a fun, happy, collaborative culture – and its efforts have paid off.
Talking about what he thought attributed to the ranking, Greg Reed, chief marketing officer at HomeServe, said: “We believe if you take care of your people, they will take care of your customers and the rest will take care of itself.
“This means creating a culture where people genuinely enjoy coming to work every day because they feel engaged and feel what they do really makes a difference in our customers’ lives.
“Work is such a big part of our lives so, how we feel when we are at work and what we feel about work when we are at home really matters. Our daily working life should have a real purpose and be enjoyable, which means fun should be a seamless part of it. All of this drives our ambition to be one of the best places to work in the UK.”
Read on to see which other two companies made the top five.
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