There are many factors one has to take into consideration before accepting a job offer.
Beyond a decent salary, company culture is also something that job-seekers of today view as an important aspect to consider before signing on a contract.
But while factors like salary or HR benefits are tangible in the sense that they are clearly defined in writing, culture is something that one can only experience when they are already in the company.
Culture, like the people that influence it, is also constantly evolving so a company that perhaps started with a ‘great’ culture could go to the pits in a matter of years, or even months!
Unless you have a contact in the company you’re eyeing, however, getting an ‘insight from the inside’ is pretty much impossible.
This is where Glassdoor, which lets former and current employees rate and review their working experience, comes in.
Glassdoor has just released its first edition of “Best Places to Work in Singapore”, and here’s the list alongside their rating (out of 5).
Google (Rating: 4.5)
“Clear goals, on-time salary, compensation, free events, friendly environment, PRO management” – Google Sales Manager (Singapore)
“Empowered, open, collaborative, satisfying, joyful” – Google Product Marketing Manager (Singapore)
“Facebook takes care of the employees. Lots of room to grow.” – Facebook Software Engineering Manager (Singapore)
Shell (Rating: 4.3)
“Employee oriented company with highest values set in work respect.” – Former Shell Component Landscape Manager (Singapore)
Amazon (Rating: 4.3)
“No politics. Lots of career opportunities globally. Great people, high calibre overall. Lots of freedom to define your role.” – Amazon Business Development Employee (Singapore)
“If you love working in teams in a highly dynamic environment with fast evolving technology, this is an amazing place! It also brings many career opportunities with colleagues from all over the world.” – Microsoft Solution Sales Specialist (Singapore)
“Lots of exposure to different facets of payment. Variety of projects to work for. Good salary, employee friendly.” – Visa Inc. Staff Engineer (Singapore)
AIA (Rating: 4.2)
“Flexible working hours, positive working culture, friendly and helpful management.” – AIA Financial Advisor (Singapore)
“HubSpot is definitely one of the best companies I have worked at. The culture is amazing and the employees are even better. The salary and benefits are above market standards.” HubSpot Marketing Manager (Singapore)
“The bank offers a lot of opportunities for employees of all levels to progress or to learn new skills and products.” – J.P. Morgan Vice President (Singapore)
“Strong HP Way people-oriented culture. Trust and respect in place. Good training and lots of career advancement opportunities.” – HP Inc. Engineer (Singapore)
Of course, it can be argued that because the reviews are given anonymously, and there is no way to verify if the person reviewing is/was an employee, there could be ‘troll’ accounts created solely to defame, or on the flipside, give false praise. So it would be wise to take the results with a pinch of salt.
Do you agree with the list, or do you think another company deserves the mention more? Let us know!
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