Written by Ken Kemp, RMI’s MD.

Company culture and the employee experience are critical considerations for job seekers everywhere. This was the basis behind Glassdoor’s Employees’ Choice Awards.

Looking at some of the key characteristics of the winners:-

1) Expedia
Expedia’s test and learn culture was one of the biggest contributors to its success in the awards, with the approach said to empower employees to put forward new ideas and directly help shape strategy.

2) ARM Holdings
A good work/life balance – 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
Fun – “Our daily working life should have a real purpose and be enjoyable, which means fun should be a seamless part of it.”

4) Mott MacDonald
The employee-owned company scored high on leadership and work/life balance – the latter being key to retaining the next generation. It echoes PWC’s findings on how Millennials are reshaping the workplace. They are committed to their personal learning and development and this remains their first choice benefit from employers. In second place they want flexible working hours.

5) Hays PLC
Hays was praised for its “great training” and opportunities for career progression, despite the long hours that staff are required to put in.

…And, of course, happy, well trained and empowered employees make for successful companies. This survey was conducted amongst companies with over 1000 employees but the findings would, no doubt, apply to much smaller businesses too.