Google, Facebook and Shell rank among 10 best places to work in Singapore: Glassdoor

Janet Ong
Finance Editor
A man passes a Google signage outside their office in Singapore May 24, 2019. (PHOTO: REUTERS/Edgar Su)

SINGAPORE — Google is ranked as the best place to work in Singapore while fellow tech giants Facebook and Amazon were also highly favoured by employees, according to a list compiled by job and recruiting site Glassdoor.

The inaugural Glassdoor’s Employees’ Choice Awards for the Best Places to Work in Singapore in 2020 report is dominated by tech firms, with Microsoft, Hubspot and HP also making the list. Eight of the companies are based in the US while the other two are British-Dutch oil and gas giant Shell and Hong Kong-based insurer AIA.

To be considered for the ranking, a company must have 1,000 or more employees and at least 20 ratings for each of the eight workplace attributes, including career opportunities, compensation, culture and values, senior management, work-life balance, and six-month business outlook.

Glassdoor also gathered feedback from employees who submitted reviews about their jobs, work environment and employers over the past year to compile its list.

The findings in the report revealed that employees highly valued the culture of their companies.

“Gone are the days when company culture could be considered a fluffy or non-essential business metric,” said Glassdoor President and Chief Operating Officer Christian Sutherland-Wong. “In today’s age of workplace transparency, the mission, culture and values of a company are crucial when it comes to employers’ ability to recruit and retain top talent.”

Dr. Andrew Chamberlain, Glassdoor chief economist, echoed the sentiment, saying that workers are increasingly prioritising culture over cash.

“However, being a culture-first organisation isn’t about expensive perks, but about articulating a clearly-stated mission that resonates with employees’ own aspirations and fuels their best performance,” Dr Chamberlain added.

Eight of the companies in the Singapore’s Top 10 list also ranked high in other country lists published by Glassdoor. Among them are Alphabet Inc.’s Google, which topped the UK list, while Microsoft appeared in six other lists.

Winners are rated based on a five-point scale, with 1 indicating “very dissatisfied” and 5 showing that employees were “very satisfied.” Below are the scores rounded to the nearest percentile. Among the over one million employers reviewed on Glassdoor, the average company rating is 3.5.

The Top 10 Best Places to Work in Singapore for 2020 are:

  1. Google (rating 4.5)

  2. Facebook (rating 4.4)

  3. Shell (rating 4.3)

  4. Amazon (rating 4.3)

  5. Microsoft (rating 4.3)

  6. Visa Inc. (rating 4.2)

  7. AIA (rating 4.2)

  8. Hubspot (rating 4.2)

  9. J.P. Morgan (rating 4.2)

  10. HP Inc. (rating 4.2)


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