Best companies to work for: Bain & Company tops Glassdoor rankings


The UK’s 50 best workplaces have been revealed… and most are in tech, finance or consultancy: Check if your company made the list

  • There are some surprising names on the list of top 50 employers 
  • Staff ranked their employers against five targets for the Glassdoor list
  • Technology companies and consultancies dominated the rankings

The best places to work have been revealed – and there are some surprising names on a list dominated by tech firms and consultancies.

The overall top workplace in the UK is consultants Bain & Company, according to the latest Best Places to Work survey from workplace ranking firm Glassdoor.

Bain & Company won after employees praised the company’s culture, work-life balance and learning opportunities.

A good working culture and a great team are two key components to a top workplace, according to Glassdoor findings

Workers said the firm had ‘genuinely some of the finest people to work with, smart and empathetic in spades’ and an ‘amazing culture’.

In second place is software provider ServiceNow, which was the 2021 winner, then another consultancy – Boston Consulting Group.

But move further down the list and there are some household names, such as Google, Microsoft, Apple – and even Heathrow airport. 

Overall 21 technology companies made the list of best workplaces, as well as nine finance firms, seven consultancies and four manufacturing employers.

The top 50 places to work in 2023

  1. Bain & Company 
  2. ServiceNow 
  3. Boston Consulting Group 
  4. Equinix 
  5. Ocado Technology 
  6. Mastercard 
  7. Google 
  8. Arup
  9. Salesforce 
  10. Version 1 
  11. Softcat
  12. BlackRock
  13. Microsoft
  14. Adobe
  15. Novuna
  16. Imagination Technologies
  17. Johnson & Johnson
  18. SAP
  19. Wise
  20. Capgemini Invent
  21. Office for National Statistics
  22. Cromwell Tools
  23. Mott MacDonald
  24. SUSE
  25. Cisco Systems
  26. Dell Technologies
  27. Baringa Partners
  28. Schroders
  29. Bloomberg L.P.
  30. S&P Global
  31. Syngenta
  32. Deloitte
  33. VMware
  34. Awin
  35. Diageo
  36. Apple
  37. RBC
  38. Fidelity International
  39. Kainos
  40. Dishoom
  41. Goldman Sachs
  42. Siemens
  43. NFU Mutual
  44. Avanade
  45. McKinsey & Company
  46. Heathrow Airport
  47. Expedia Group
  48. Computacenter
  49. Accenture
  50. Procter & Gamble

What makes a great place to work? 

Glassdoor’s five criteria were: 

  • Work-life balance
  • A good team and culture
  • Great pay and perks
  • Strong leadership
  • Good career growth

 

Glassdoor chief executive Christian Sutherland-Wong said: ‘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.’

According to separate research by recruiter Hays, electrical engineers, sustainability managers and cyber security experts could pocket some of the biggest pay packages if they decide to move jobs this year. 

Over half of workers intend to look for a new job in 2023, it said, and with more than 1.1million unfilled jobs in the UK those who are looking for a new challenge are likely to see plenty of opportunities.

Skills-short areas such as engineering, construction and technology are set to continue to be in high demand in the coming months, along with energy and sustainability managers as the drive for green jobs continues.

The top salary increases went to salesforce solutions architects, who have seen their average annual pay jump by nearly 19 per cent to £107,000, along with systems design engineers and product managers, which saw their average pay rise 18 per cent. 

>> These are the jobs that saw the biggest pay rises in 2022 

REVEALED: TOP 20 SALARY INCREASES IN 2022 
Job Industry Salary (average 2022) % Salary increase since 2021
1 Salesforce solutions architect Technology £107,000 18.50%
2 Systems design engineer Engineering & manufacturing £65,000 18.20%
3 Product manager Technology £71,091 16.50%
4 SAP basis consultant Technology £61,800 16.20%
5 Head of talent/resourcing HR £79,000 14.90%
6 Newly qualified solicitor Legal (private practice) £67,577 14.60%
7 Aerodynamics engineer Engineering £65,000 14.50%
8 Cyber security analyst Technology £56,136 14.10%
9 Cyber security engineer Technology £73,125 13.90%
10 Fabricator/welder Engineering and manufacturing £32,250 13.70%
11 Clinical research associate (senior level) Life sciences £54,000 13.70%
12 Data scientist Life sciences £58,750 11.90%
13 Platform engineer Technology £60,455 11.80%
14 Marketing analyst / CRM analyst Marketing £38,909 11.50%
15 Diversity, equality, and inclusion manager HR £55,833 11.30%
16 Machine learning manager Life sciences £81,000 11%
17 Data engineer Technology £57,364 11%
18 Engineering operative Engineering & manufacturing £26,000 10.60%
19 Financial director Accountancy & finance £126,042 10.60%
20 Automation engineer Engineering & manufacturing £49,500 10.30%
Source: Hays, based on the analysis of over 10,000 salaries, alongside survey data of over 13,500 employers and professionals.

How the rankings work

Glassdoor looks at anonymous feedback from workers reviewing companies on its website, then works out the most popular firms among staff.

The workplace rating firm asks workers for some of the best reasons to work for their employer, any downsides, how satisfied they are with their job and for details on working culture, among others.

Firms must have at least 1,000 staff to be part of the Glassdoor rankings, and must have at least 30 reviews from staff.

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