Today’s job seekers are savvier than ever, and with so many job opportunities readily available on social platforms, good company culture is something that is vital when deciding on a desirable workplace. It’s important for companies to cultivate a positive environment and a strong brand to attract the best employees and inspire growth and success.
These 20 companies in the UK and US have amazing values and rank amongst the best to work for on Glassdoor. If you want to be inspired continue reading to match their cultural standards:
Employees of Twitter can’t stop raving about the company’s culture; from rooftop meetings to paid lunches, yoga classes and even unlimited vacation for some. What’s more important than the company perks is the team-oriented environment in which every person is motivated by the company’s goals.
Why is Netflix so good? Because they actually trust their employees! They choose their staff members carefully and expect them to be the very best. Unlike other companies, Netflix doesn’t measure employees’ efforts by the amount of hours they work or how much they are in the office, but rather on the end product. Employees love the sense of trust and flexibility.
Zappos is the go-to company for an ideal example of great company culture. The hiring process starts with a cultural fit interview, which carries half the weight of whether the candidate is hired. All employees, whether they are in a senior position or not, have to go through the same four-week call centre training where 10 core values are instilled into each team member. At the end of the first week, they are offered $2,000 to quit, CEO Tony Hsieh said that “it allows them to retain people who are genuinely passionate about the job they will be doing.”
Facebook’s success hasn’t caused the company to forget the importance of keeping their employees happy; they have an excellent organisational structure where they give employees the opportunity to grow and better develop themselves. If you are driven you are given lots of responsibility; employees love this as they get to see their work change the ever-popular platform.
The cloud computing pioneer has a great company culture to follow; their CEO Marc Russel Benioff has set a well-known “Ohana” value, where everyone is seen as an equal part of the Salesforce family. Not only is everyone supported but they can choose a non-profit organisation they feel strongly about to volunteer at for 7 working days of the year.
Google is renowned as an amazing employer with many other organisations trying to mimic it; from it’s best practices, perks, and benefits, such as financial bonuses, free meals, parties, gyms, a dog-friendly workplace, and employee recognition. Because of this, Google employees also have a reputation for not only being talented but driven, staying on with the company and receiving a number of promotions throughout the year.
7. Whole Foods
They are well-known for their healthy company value. As reported on Forbes “they’ve been one of FORTUNE magazines ‘100 Best Companies to Work for’ every year since the list began in 1998.” They want to reinforce the health mentality to their employees by offering them an extra 10% off the all store products if they keep their health in check, like cholesterol, blood pressure, and BMI. There’s even a website they offer employees where they can track their eating habits – how’s that for motivation?
The networking moguls at LinkedIn are also a great example to follow when it comes to company culture. A staff member commented that: “They truly invest in the professional development of employees. Very proactive at making sure that you're in a role you want to be in. Their benefits are fantastic: healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner options; gym/massage reimbursements; on-site gyms; snacks everywhere.”
The leader in mobile workspace is one of the few companies that has an honest and open workforce. Its employees are happy to spend most if not all of their career there and are proud to be “a part of a company that clearly cares greatly about their employees, customers, and the community”, mentioned by Chris, Receptionist at Citrix.
The computer network company not only cares about their clients but most importantly their employees. They know that their employees are the face of the company and want them to feel valued with a very strong benefits package and an incredibly positive culture.
The company that is famous for the “just do it” slogan inspires its employees to do more on a daily basis. “Workers quote the company's maxims like the Ten Commandments. More than a dozen tell me, independently and unprompted, 'Be a sponge' and 'If you have a body, you're an athlete,” Austin writes.
12. Walt Disney
Not only do employees get to be part of the most recognisable brands in the world, but they also get to work for one of the kindest communities. Disney only hires people who align with their values of innovation, quality, community, storytelling, optimism, and decency. Organisational benefits include access to Mickey’s Retreat, which is an exclusive area accessible only to Cast Members and their families; generous discounts on Disney parks, hotels and merchandise, incentive schemes and private healthcare.
13. Southwest Airlines
Southwest Airlines has been around for 43 years dominating the travel industry. During this time, the company has managed to communicate its goals and visions to employees; they give employees the freedom to go the extra mile and make the customer happy. This gives them the power to make a difference and be part of a unified team.
The well-known oil and gas company shows it cares about its employee’s well-being by providing health and fitness centres on site, as well as massages and personal instructors. They encourage their employees to take regular breaks and ensure they are in the best possible state to work and be productive.
The company that dominates the technology world is another example of great company culture. Although it’s been reported that staff work extremely hard to create innovative products, it’s also known that their employees have the opportunity to grow and develop professionally. One staff member said “Competitive Pay, Great Benefits, Amazing People, Great Work, Awesome Opportunities, Excellent Experiences, Great atmospheres in a beautiful store, no matter where you're working!”
Adobe is a company that goes above and beyond to give employees challenging projects and also providing trust and support to help them meet those challenges successfully. While it offers benefits and perks like any modern creative company, Adobe's is a culture that avoids micromanaging in favour of trusting employees to do their best. Employees are also given stock options so that they know they have both a stake and reward in the company’s success.
Love dogs? Then head on over to Santa Monica because DogVacay is the place to work! What started as a small dog-sitting business for Aaron Hirschhorn and Karine Nissim quickly became one of the leading online services connecting dog owners with sitters across the US and Canada. Employees at DogVacay not only get to work in an office that’s a short walk from the sunny beach but also get to take their dog to work (who gets treated to daily walks), monthly happy hours, and company bikes to explore the neighborhood, as well as enjoy free snacks, free drinks, and catered lunch twice a week.
18. Warby Parker
The online prescription glasses site has been around since 2010 and has an excellent company culture. A positive working environment is a key part of the establishment with fun lunches, events and programs. The company makes sure that there is always an upcoming event so the entire team has something to look forward to, and it uses methods to make sure the entire team works well together by insisting everyone helps keep break areas clean or sending random employees out to lunch together.
This company has a strong commitment to inclusion and diversity. Their hierarchy is flattened; employees are encouraged to approach their managers with suggestions and collaborations. They also implant employee engagement so all their staff can learn from each other and develop their knowledge and skillset.
The popular dating application allows its employees the autonomy to see projects right through to fruition, without handholding or micromanagement. This gives employees the freedom to achieve something on their own and feel like an important part of their puzzle.
Many companies offer similar perks and benefits, but they do not solely determine the corporate culture. It’s important how employees are treated and what level of ownership and trust is given to them so they feel like a key part of the company.
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