Expedia has been named as the best place to work in the UK for the second year running. The company was given the top spot by its own employees in the annual Glassdoor league table, who gave it 4.3 out of five.
The ratings are based purely on voluntary feedback from staff, who are asked to review their employer online. Expedia achieved something that no large employer has ever managed - by holding on to the top spot for a second year running.
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Reviews from staff praised the fast, dynamic environment, where they are encouraged to learn and take on new responsibilities. One glowing review said: "Expedia is a great company to work for. It is an incredibly inspiring and forward thinking environment. Employees are highly valued and our benefit structure reflects that. Development and progression are taken seriously and there is plenty of opportunity in this space."
Gary Morrison, Senior Vice President, Retail, Brand Expedia commented: "One of the main reasons our employees love working here is they are given a voice to directly shape our path and are invested in our success. We empower everyone at all levels to share their ideas and test and learn new ways to make the travel experience better, which, in turn, fosters a creative work environment."
ARM was a very close second, where staff praised the friendly and collaborative environment. One reviewer wrote: "They are completely employee driven, meaning they're focused on your well being, whilst dedicating many of their resources to support staff members. In turn this makes it a very warm and welcoming tech company."
"ARM has more than doubled its global headcount since 2010 so we have had to work very hard to ensure we maintain the unique culture of collaboration and innovation that has enabled our success," said Kirsty Gill, vice president of people, ARM. "Such a high ranking in this year's review is excellent to see as our core beliefs are at the heart of everything we do. For example, more than 30 languages are spoken at our UK headquarters so diversity is a fact of life - yet we strive to take that further. We actively look to develop programs supporting women to rise up the engineering ladder and for our people to think about their career as an evolving journey rather than a fixed road. Getting a company's people policies right is a constant process of listening and acting but Glassdoor's rankings show we seem to be on the right path."
HomeServe was third, and a newcomer to the list. One reviewer wrote: "I have worked for several large insurance companies in management roles over the last 20 years - and I can say, without exception, that HomeServe is the best company to work for. From the facilities (little things like free parking, free tea/coffee etc are often overlooked!), to the values, to the clear direction and goals - but, most importantly, focus on the Customer."
Greg Reed, Chief Marketing Officer at HomeServe said: "Over the last three years, we have been on an incredible journey and have worked tirelessly to create an exceptional culture, one which is based on a really simple philosophy: you take care of your People, they will take care of your Customers and the rest will take care of itself."
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