Revealed: The top 20 companies for management and culture

Revealed: The top 20 companies for management and culture

New research by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and job site Glassdoor revealed the top 20 UK companies with the best workplace culture and leadership styles.

Global management consultancy Bain and Company ranked top in this year’s ‘Leadership and Culture at Work: the CMI/Glassdoor Top 20’.

The consultancy reportedly scored highly across all categories, including a 99% ‘recommend to a friend’ rating.

Recruitment agency Investigo ranked second because of their company culture that encourages employees to manage their own time schedules rather than having core hours set determined by management.

Head of Policy at CMI, Rob Wall says that the Top 20 ranking showcases the companies with the best working cultures and management styles across the UK.

“The 20 companies listed here are fantastic examples of the different ways culture can be nurtured, whether that’s through letting employees determine their own hours, lunchtime yoga classes or investing in staff through high quality leadership programmes.”

He adds: “At a time when trust in business is at an all-time low, good management and leadership is more important than ever to build inclusive and inspiring cultures which enhance productivity and promote employee engagement and wellbeing.”

The ratings were based on analysis of reviews posted on the Glassdoor website by former and existing employees of over 7,000 companies.

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Facebook ranked in ninth position, with Anglian Water in 13th place and Salesforce in 19th.

Head of Corporate Communications (EMEA) at Glassdoor, Joe Wiggins, says that the benefit of putting employees first is obvious.

He adds: “What is really interesting is the huge diversity in companies we see as pioneers when it comes to leadership style. Some of these employers are huge multinationals; others are far smaller, national firms; and in industry terms, the CMI/Glassdoor Top 20 features everything from tech and energy, to consulting and social enterprise.”

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What they do

Management and culture ethos


Bain & Company

Management Consultancy

Passion, energy, humility and extraordinary teams



Recruitment agency

Define your values, and then let your people set their own schedules


Northern Gas & Power

Energy management consultants

Hit your targets and get the rest of the year off. Innovation rules!


The Good Care Group

In-home care

If your people set your values, they’ll truly live them



Tech company

Instil your values deeply; that why they’ll last


Goodman Masson

Finance and technology recruiter

Recognise your people’s achievements. That way, they’ll stay


XPO Logistics

Logistics company

Keep communication direct and meaningful


Auto Trader

Automotive marketplace

Authentic content underpins a much-admired digital business



Social media platform

Seven behaviours matter at the technology and social media giant



Custom-made audio

Continuously improve, deploy the best talent and promote from within



Social enterprise providing affordable housing & specialist housing services

Add a bit of you in everything you do


Rentokil Initial

Pest-control firm

Visible leadership unifies dispersed teams


Anglian Water

Water and water-recycling company

Keep people focused on your long-term purpose


Peninsula Group

HR consultancy

Find people with passion, and then upskill them


HomeServe UK

Home assistance provider

Openness is everything


Lead Forensics

Software sales firm

Constantly align people to the company’s DNA



Insurance provider

You can have an entrepreneurial culture in a large insurer



Car dealership

Set a positive culture, and then communicate



Cloud computing company

It all comes down to ohana


Helping Hands

Professional home care

Have a family spirit and do the right thing



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