What makes for a great workplace? Quality of life, access to senior managers, and clear career paths were among the attributes cited by workers in a “World’s Best Multinational Workplaces” survey from consultancy Great Place to Work. To be considered, companies must employ at least 5,000 people worldwide, with no less than 40% of them working outside of the home country. These are organizations that demonstrate a focus on improving the work and life experiences for the rank-and-file, and finding innovative ways to make good things happen. "This list recognizes global companies that have demonstrated a truly serious commitment to creating workplaces that foster trust, pride and camaraderie amongst their employees," said Jose Tolovi Jr., global CEO of Great Place to Work. The research is based on surveys in which more than 2.5 million workers took part. The top 25 can be found here; this slideshow includes the top ten companies, along with some perks from their global locations.
1. Family Affair
Microsoft invites its Norwegian employees on maternity and paternity leave—and their kids—to a quarterly “Junior Lunch.”
2. Business Education
SAS community-based education programs are used by more than 50,000 U.S. teachers at no cost.
3. Gracious Gesture
Vice Chairman Tom Mendoza averages 30 “thank you” calls to employees a week.
4. Time to Innovate
Engineers spend one-fifth of their time on projects of their own choosing, leading to innovations like Gmail, Google News and AdSense.
5. Career Opportunities
European employees use the company’s Career Hub to manage careers and find new opportunities from within.
6. Front and Center
CEO John Chambers invites workers for informal, candid group Q&A sessions that are held closely to their birthdays.
7. Accommodating Arrangement
New hires in Mexico get to stay at a location for a night to experience its customer service first-hand.
8. Reaching Out
McDonald’s UK works closely with the government and partners to provide jobs for the long-time unemployed, disabled, disadvantaged and military veterans.
9. Maternal Instinct
The company celebrates Mother’s Day with a catered breakfast or lunch for all moms in the company.
10. No Meeting Time Zone
In Italy, directors/managers cannot call meetings before 9:30 a.m.