Tech giants dominate best places to work in Singapore
Technology firms often get a bad press for some of their workplace cultures. But often this relates to their head offices in Silicon Valley. In Singapore, it’s a different story.
In the top 10 list of best places to work in the city state according to Glassdoor, six of them are major technology firms. Google takes top spot, followed by Facebook (2nd), Amazon (4th), Microsoft (5th), Hubspot (8th) and HP (10th). Shell, Visa, AIA and JP Morgan complete the top 10.
The rankings are seen as influential as they are based on reviews and ratings left by Singapore-based employees on the Glassdoor platform. This was the first time it compiled the results for Singapore.
One of the main attributes within the most sought-after workplaces in Singapore was having a strong corporate culture with a clear mission. Companies who offer career progression in an inclusive and collaborative environment also ranked well.
At Google, employees are given exposure to large-scale projects and work in a creative and fun workspace. They are also exposed to learning opportunities from co-workers.
One such initiative are the “Googler 2 Googler” (g2g) classes that allow employees to sign up as a coach and conduct classes, either in-person or online, on a range of topics.
Facebook said it was ‘’humbled’’ to be named as one of the best places to work in Singapore. ‘’Our company mission drives our culture and we are committed to creating an environment where everyone feels empowered to take initiative and know that they are supported constantly in what they do, within or outside of work,” said Dan Neary, Vice President for APAC at Facebook.
Flexible hours are also valued among staff at technology firms. While salary and benefits remain key in attracting talent, the Glassdoor report showed that it is increasingly important for employers to offer the “whole package”.