Glassdoor, the innovative recruitment site that provides jobseekers with useful insights into companies’ behaviours, has released its list of top companies to work for in 2023.
Companies nationwide with a workforce greater than 1,000 employees were scored by their employees throughout 2022 on work-life balance and values, as well as compensation and benefits, D&I and management.
Employees were also asked if they would recommend their employer to a friend.
Jill Cotton, a senior manager for Glassdoor, told HR Grapevine: “The list is determined solely on the reviews of millions of employees across the UK - you can't ask or pay to get on the list. So against a backdrop of worker restlessness and strikes, these are the companies where employees really love to work.”
And there are some surprises.
Bain & Company, a consultancy firm, took first place despite not having featured last year, and ServiceNow and Boston Consultancy Group took 2nd and 3rd places respectively.
There were 21 tech companies that made the list but Meta – which took 10th place in 2022 – dropped off completely, while Google and Mastercard both improved their popularity and made it into the top 10. Other industries that fared well were finance, consulting and manufacturing.
Employee reviews highlighted five common themes that helped companies stand out:
Work-life balance - able to choose hours, work from home/anywhere, flexible work
Great culture - great people, team socials and team building, inclusive company values
Benefits and perks - great pay, amazing benefits
Strong leadership & senior management - guidance and leadership, D&I at the heart of the organisation
Learning & development opportunities - mentorship, fantastic onboarding, career growth for all levels
Altogether, more than half of the companies on this year’s list also featured last year; however, four businesses rose significantly by 20 places or more: Softcat, Johnson & Johnson, Capgemini Invent and Mott MacDonald.
“The past year brought extreme highs and lows for job seekers and employees, but despite an increasingly uncertain job market, Glassdoor data shows there are still companies hyper-focused on creating outstanding employee experiences,” says Christian Sutherland-Wong, Chief Executive Officer of Glassdoor.
He continues: "It's encouraging to see companies doubling down on employee mental health and wellbeing, diversity and inclusion, competitive benefits and flexible work environments as we head into 2023. I sincerely congratulate all of the Best Places to Work winners.”
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January is traditionally the most popular month for employees to look for another job and recruiters can seize this opportunity to get ahead.
According to Forbes, “Many companies and people have a mindset to hit the ground running, so finding great people and filling open headcount are ways they’re seeking to start strong.”
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The top ten UK Best Places to Work in 2023 are:
Bain & Company
Boston Consultancy Group
Johnson & Johnson
Office for National Statistics
McKinsey & Company
Procter & Gamble