Where are the best places to work in Australia?

Great Place to Work Australia is a global research and consulting firm that investigates employee engagement, organisational alignment and the effect it can have on workplace cultures. Each year they release a publication called 50 Best Places to Work. The best 50 is determined by research based on surveys and evaluation of the company’s policies and procedures.

The report found that the hiring process plays an important role in the retention rates of employees. Having said that, around 80% of organisations believe that employee retention is their biggest challenge. Artificial intelligence can help source skilled workers in most organisations with its ability to quickly analyse, predict and filter what the organisation needs from each employee, and if certain candidates will meet that need.

The 2019 50 Best Places to Work report is divided into three different categories, which are based on a number of employees.

1,000+ employees

IT giant Salesforce placed top of the list for honouring their 1,473 employees. Salesforce power the world’s number one CRM and allow companies to connect with customers in a new and exciting way. Every presentation at Salesforce begins with a slide saying thank you to their employees for their work and efforts.

Known for developing tech equipment to consumers and other businesses, Cisco Systems Australia ranked second for taking pride in a culture that promotes and encourages personal and professional development. Global hospitality chain Hilton took third place thanks to their priority on team recognition and occasional shout-outs from the president and CEO, guests and team members.

Here are the top 10 for companies with 1,000 or more employees:

  1. Salesforce
  2. Cisco Systems Australia
  3. Hilton
  4. MECCA Brands
  5. MARS Australia
  6. REA Group
  7. SAP Australia
  8. Service NSW
  9. Atlassian
  10. Campbell Arnott’s

100–900 employees

First place goes to Stryker, a healthcare manufacturing company known for its development programs for their employees, such as the Women Without Limits program and the Emerging Leaders Program for high-potential employees. After finishing first in the 2018 report, graphic design website Canva placed second. When new employees start at Canva, they undergo a ‘treasure hunt' ice-breaking activity in which they’re given clues to look for certain locations and staff members.

Here are the top 10 for companies with 100–999 employees:

  1. Stryker
  2. Canva
  3. Intuit Australia
  4. OMD Australia
  5. AbbVie
  6. Adobe
  7. Envato
  8. Optiver
  9. Nous Group
  10. Richard Crookes Constructions

Fewer than 100 employees

The top spot for smaller companies goes to Avenue Dental, an Australian company whose goal is to ‘positively transform dentistry’. With only 65 employees, Avenue Dental is known to reinforce their values and reward high-performing staff. Employees recognise each other’s efforts during weekly meetings by reading out positive feedback given by patients or co-workers.

LogMeIn Australia is the local arm of a global company whose platform supports 2 million daily users, 200 million customer engagements and five billion voice minutes per year. LogMeIn is known to have helped invent the modern way of working — flexible, dispersed, mobile, efficient and productive.

The top 10 companies with 100 or fewer employees:

  1. Avenue Dental
  2. LogMeIn Australia
  3. Insentra
  4. Amicus
  5. Cobild
  6. SC Johnson & Son
  7. Versa
  8. Altis Consulting
  9. Beaumont People
  10. Morgan McKinley
You can view the top 20 in each category here.

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