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Google Named UK’s #1 Best Place to Work in Glassdoor’s 10th Annual Employees’ Choice Awards

The question is often asked: What makes an amazing place to work?  While there’s no one definitive answer, it certainly doesn’t hurt if your product has transformed the world, with more than a billion people around the globe using it to conduct 1.2 trillion searches per year. (1) Beyond Google’s ubiquitousness, it’s their epic benefits, innovation and diverse and inclusive workplace that make employees call it “the best place to work in the world”.

These are just a few reasons that global technology powerhouse Google scored the #1 spot on Glassdoor’s tenth annual Employees’ Choice Awards, honouring the Best Places to Work in 2018. This marks Google’s fourth consecutive year on the list and their second time clinching the #1 spot as the Best Place to Work in the UK.

Yes, the tech titan’s Googleplex is legendary for posh perks like free gourmet food, Wi-Fi commuting shuttles and on-site health services, but it’s their genuine commitment to employees’ happiness, well-being and morale that makes them the UK’s top employer.

For example, after analysing the data and finding that women who had recently given birth were leaving at twice Google’s average departure rate, they boosted their paid parental-leave policy from three months to five months. The result: a 50% reduction in attrition for working mums.

Other family-friendly benefits include seven weeks paid leave for new dads, a stipend for takeout meals after a baby is born and Googleplex conveniences like an on-site dry cleaner so errands can be done during the workday.

With a company rating of 4.5, Google employees are also especially appreciative of opportunities for personal and career growth, such as their Global Education Leave programme, which enables Googlers to take a leave of absence to pursue further education – all covered by Google. What’s more, employees strongly align with Google’s mission “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful”. Meaningful and challenging projects are what attracts and keeps the best and brightest minds at this mission-driven tech giant.

While Google was crowned with the top honour this year, Glassdoor has recognised a total of 50 companies in our 2018 Best Places to Work list for UK Employers. Beyond that, we’ve also compiled Best Places to Work Lists for US Large and Small & Medium Companies (fewer than 1,000 employees), Canada, France and Germany.*

Here are the UK’s top ten winners:

UK’s Top 10 Best Places to Work in 2018:

1. Google

Company Rating: 4.5

2. Anglian Water

Company Rating: 4.4

3. Bromford

Company Rating: 4.4

4. Facebook

Company Rating: 4.4

5. Salesforce

Company Rating: 4.4

6. Lookers
Company Rating: 4.3

7. Rentokil Initial
Company Rating: 4.3

8. Hiscox
Company Rating: 4.3

9. Apple
Company Rating: 4.3

10. Homeserve
Company Rating: 4.3

For ten years now, we’ve taken great pride in honouring companies that employees love working for. With winners determined solely based on employee feedback – no nomination process, no employee surveys or questionnaires and certainly no costs or fees involved – making it to Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work list is truly an elite honour. Congratulations to all those who made the list, and to those hoping to become a Best Place to Work next year, learn more here!

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*Each list was compiled using Glassdoor’s proprietary algorithm, and each overall company rating determined based on the quantity, quality and consistency of reviews during the period of eligibility. For the full methodology, visit here.

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