Year in Review: Five best places to work in Singapore 2019

CEO Patrick Fiat with hotel talents receiving the award  from Guest of Honour, Mr Heng Swee Keat, Deputy Prime Minister. (PHOTO: Royal Plaza on Scotts)
Royal Plaza on Scotts Tops the list as Singapore’s Best Workplace by Great Place to Work® 2019. CEO Patrick Fiat with hotel talents receiving the award from Heng Swee Keat, Deputy Prime Minister. (PHOTO: Royal Plaza on Scotts)

SINGAPORE — While fat bonuses and benefits certainly sweeten a work package, it is the ability to create day-to-day joy, a sense of purpose and ownership, respect for diversity, and having a heart that make some employers stand out among the rest. They also help create high-performing cultures. Here are some of the companies that topped the charts of Singapore’s best workplaces lists this year.

  1. Royal Plaza on Scotts: The award-winning hotel which has been among the top 10 on Great Place to Work: Singapore’s Best Workplaces list for medium and large organisations since 2016, pushed its way up to the top spot this year, and remains the only hotel to make the cut. Reasons for employee happiness include a flexible and trustworthy environment, and a willingness to listen to employees and evolve its workplace policies. Evidently, it makes its employees feel as special as its guests.

Grab unveiled new safety initiatives for GrabFood delivery-partners. From left: Andrew Chan, Head of Transport, Grab Singapore; Jean See, Acting Director of NTUC’s U FSE (Freelancers and Self-Employed) Unit and Eu-wen Ding, CEO and co-founder of Lumos. (PHOTO: Grab)
Grab unveiled new safety initiatives for GrabFood delivery-partners. From left: Andrew Chan, Head of Transport, Grab Singapore; Jean See, Acting Director of NTUC’s U FSE (Freelancers and Self-Employed) Unit and Eu-wen Ding, CEO and co-founder of Lumos. (PHOTO: Grab)
  1. Grab: Grab, which has evolved from a taxi-hailing app into one of Southeast Asia’s leading superapps in just seven years, made its debut on Great Place to Work: Singapore’s Best Workplaces list for medium and large organisations this year. Its four core principles – humility, honour, hunger and heart – translate where it matters to its staff: creating a sense of pride and camaraderie, growth opportunities, flexible work hours, and giving back to society.

Signify, formerly known as Philips Lighting. (PHOTO: Signify)
Signify, formerly known as Philips Lighting. (PHOTO: Signify)
  1. Signify: Previously known as Philips Lighting and a spin-off from Royal Philips, Signify snagged the second spot on Great Place to Work: Singapore’s Best Workplaces of 2019 for small organisations. Based on employee reviews, Signify balances work and play, emphasises teamwork, rewards good work, and celebrates diversity, which might explain its ability to draw the brightest people.

Hubspot Singapore office. (PHOTO: Hubspot)
Hubspot Singapore office. (PHOTO: Hubspot)
  1. HubSpot: Cloud-computing software company HubSpot made it to Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2019 and Great Place to Work: Singapore’s Best Workplaces list for medium and large organisations for the first time. It got its employees nod for creating an environment in which people do their best work and workplace diversity. Company benefits include unlimited vacation time, classes on everything from programming to croissant baking, and even an in-house beer garden. It also made the cut for Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work in 2020 (Employees’ Choice) list.

Cabin crew pose in the business class cabin of Singapore Airlines' first Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner at Singapore's Changi Airport March 28, 2018. REUTERS/Edgar Su
Cabin crew pose in the business class cabin of Singapore Airlines' first Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner at Singapore's Changi Airport March 28, 2018. (PHOTO: REUTERS/Edgar Su)
  1. Singapore Airlines: For the fourth time, Singapore Airlines was named the nation’s ‘Most Attractive Employer’ by Randstad, a global human resources consultancy, based on a survey of 2,502 employees and job seekers here. The airline also made the cut for Global 2000: Forbes’ World’s Best Employers List. With travel perks, recreational facilities, programmes to enhance professional skills, and diverse opportunities, it is not hard to see why.

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