Top 6 places to work

They’re cool, they’re employee focused and, at the end of last year, jobs website Glassdoor announced these as some of the best places to work in the UK.

1. Google

Scheduled to open in 2016 following an investment of £1bn, Google’s new London HQ will be based in King’s Cross and feature a climbing wall, rooftop pool and indoor football pitch, purely for 4,500 employees’ use. Based on the company’s Californian model, the idea is to create a hybrid blend of working space, youth club and holiday camp to foster workforce collaboration. Google already tops the employee satisfaction chart, with workers praising the company’s work-life balance and free onsite food provision.

2. John Lewis

A percentage share of the company’s profits; a stay at one of its holiday centres; sailing, photographic and gliding clubs for downtime; half price theatre and concert tickets and a pension scheme – these are just some of the many benefits afforded to John Lewis’s ‘partners’, thanks to its founder, John Spedan Lewis’ radical early 20th century beliefs in creating co-ownership rather than exploitative employment. Today, its employees still rate John Lewis for a fun yet professional working environment.

3. Microsoft

Last year, Microsoft ran a Living Well 365 events programme at its Reading Campus for its 3,000 employees, with a meditation programme, fitness classes and sleep clinics, social singing classes and mental health first aid sessions. Its just one of Microsoft’s initiatives to ensure its employees’ physical, emotional, financial and social wellbeing.

4. Accenture

A Fortune Global 500 company, Accenture offers its employees flexible working, career breaks, parental support, health and fitness programmes and whole life counselling. If you plan to take a year out to write a novel, this could be your dream employer…

5. Jaguar Land Rover (JLR)

One of the fastest-growing UK sectors, automotive is a great place to be right now, and JLR with its portfolio of premium brands is a major global player. With a superb training programme, generous holiday and pension provision, plus a discounted car purchase scheme, there’s a lot to be said for being in the driving seat here.

6. JP Morgan Bankers

may have had a tough press in recent years, but this investment bank still gets a thumbs up from its employees. As you might anticipate, the firm offers a raft of financial benefits including insurance and stock purchase options. With numerous global opportunities, there’s many an employee that has made an entire career within its corridors of power.

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