Top 5 Employers to Work For

Business - Jobs and Employment
By: KateWhite    
15-Oct-2012

Introduction:A happy working life is a must for any employee, but it's not guaranteed with every company. So when looking for work, it's important to know which employers make the effort to guarantee that you'll be happy in your job. Let's look at the Top 5 employers to work for.

  • 01

    Google

    Internet giant Google regularly makes it into best employer lists, and it's not hard to see why. Google is famous in the business world for its exemplary treatment of employees. Those that work for Google enjoy many fantastic perks, such as free haircuts and on-site doctors, and the company has gone out of its way to ensure that the needs of every employee is met to the best of their abilities. Male employees, for example, can enjoy up to 6 weeks of paid paternity leave, which is higher than most companies. Most notably, a policy implemented in 2012 now guarantees that spouses, domestic partners and children will be taken care of in the event of an employee's death. A pay check containing 50% of the deceased employee's salary will be provided to the bereaved every month for ten years.
    Google is constantly looking for ways to improve upon its employee's care. A yearly survey is carried out in order to tap into its worker's needs more effectively, and they hold a strong moral standpoint on the issue. To them, treating employees well and making their company a great place to work is simply the right thing to do.

  • 02

    Apptio

    Though relatively young, software company Apptio has already proven to be an excellent place to work. Employees of this growing business receive full health insurance, substantial annual leave, and an excellent reimbursement programme for employees that take part in professional development. The company clearly values its employees and believes that happy team members will result in a flourishing business. 'Employee of the month' is a common initiative in companies, but Apptio takes it one step further to ensure that its employees feel genuinely appreciated. Every six weeks, two employees are nominated as 'Superstars.' The prize is a cash bonus and the chance to win the annual award for elected Superstars: an all-expenses paid holiday for two.
    The company also serves free beer on Fridays, which is sure to make a lot of team members happy, and a successful referral for a new employee will result in a $2,500 bonus. Apptio has effectively raised the bar in standards of leadership, benefits, training programmes and employee satisfaction.

  • 03

    Microsoft

    In September of this year, Microsoft gave all of its employees a free RT Tablet to be used both at work and at home. Just to put that into perspective, Microsoft has over 90,000 people working currently. Microsoft is frequently praised for its exceptional treatment of its employees, and has been known to encourage them into participating in various charity events.
    As with most of the companies on this list, Microsoft believes that the success of a business is intrinsically linked to the wellbeing of its employees. Workers can enjoy a variety of perks, including all-bases covered insurance, discounts on Microsoft products and access to free counselling if required. In a similar vein to Google, the company provides tailored benefit packages to meet the individual needs of each team member, and offers flexible working hours and the opportunity to work from home if needed. Add a few x-boxes around the office for when employees need a break, along with onsite gyms, coffee shops and restaurants, and Microsoft is the complete package.

  • 04

    Boots UK

    The pharmaceutical company has always gone that extra mile to guarantee that the company is a top place to work for, even from its inception in the 19th century. Now, Boots is one of the most recognisable brand names in the UK and has a longstanding history of employee wellbeing. The successful 'Change One Thing' campaign, for example, is extended to team members, with over 65,000 employees receiving packs to aid them in their personal health goals.
    Boots UK also offers graduate programmes for university leavers, apprenticeship, and 'year in industry' to help its employees develop and progress in their career. These programmes come with excellent benefits packages, including a pension scheme, discount card and bonus scheme based on individual and company performance. Boots UK often appears in 'best employer' lists, and is entirely based on feedback from employees, which goes to show that it really is one of the best companies to work for.

  • 05

    Hilton Worldwide

    Hotels chains can often be a great industry to work in, and the Hilton Worldwide is easily one of the best. A survey carried out by Careerbliss.com ranked the Hilton as the number one 'Happiest Company' for America in 2012, and staff have regularly praised to company for its training programmes and flexible working. Hilton Worldwide provides many opportunities for employee's to develop their careers, such as on-the-job development through simulations, e-learning and shadowing programmes. The company also provides various opportunities for employees.
    However, Hilton Worldwide goes that one step further to guarantee that it really is one of the best employers out there. Hilton Worldwide Univeristy offers over 2,500 learning programmes to its employees and is comprised of five colleges. The aim of the University is to provide the company's team members with as many opportunities for development as possible through a wide variety of methods, including web seminars and classroom training. Working with a Learning Council and executive sponsor, the company constantly strives to improve upon their existing college curriculums.





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