These are the 50 best places to work in 2021

Working for an employer that treats its staff well can make a big difference to your happiness.

If you’re looking out for a new job, it might be worth considering this list.

Glassdoor has pulled together anonymous reviews from employees at different companies to launch the list of the best places to work in 2021.

The best-rated employer this year is software company Salesforce, with a score of 4.5 out of 5.

The company is rated highly globally and is the only one to appear on Glassdoor’s top employer lists for the UK, France, Germany, U.S. and Canada.

The list covers a range of industries, including technology, finance, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, insurance, food and more.

Christian Sutherland-Wong, Glassdoor chief executive officer said: ‘COVID-19 is in the driver’s seat and every employer has been impacted. This year’s winning employers have proven, according to employees, that even during extraordinary times, they’ll rise to the challenge to support their people.

‘A mission-driven culture, transparent leadership and career opportunities are always hallmarks of Best Places to Work winners.

‘This year, we also see exceptional employers who have prioritised the health, safety and well-being of their employees. My congratulations go to all of this year’s outstanding Employees’ Choice Award winners.’

This is the list of the top 50 employers, their rating and some of the snippets from employee comments:

1. Salesforce

Company Rating: 4.5

‘Friendly culture that prioritises employees’ wellbeing and development, not just revenue generation.’ – Salesforce Senior Customer Success Manager (London, England)

‘There was financial support in getting home office equipment and there were plenty of resources made available to ensure mental and physical health through lockdown.’ – Salesforce Solutions Engineer (London, England)

2. Microsoft

Company Rating: 4.4

‘Truly encourages and cares for development of staff. Challenging environment and colleagues you can look up to. Lots of personal development potential.’ – Microsoft Software Development Manager (London, England)

3. Abcam

Company Rating: 4.4

‘Great culture – open, friendly, smart and ambitious, fast-paced, global and diversified – that prioritizes personal development and growth.’ – Abcam Investor Relations (Cambridge, England)

4. Google

Company Rating: 4.4

‘Great managers. Great tools to help you succeed in your role. Very friendly team. Google care massively about their employees and their reaction to Covid-19 has been impressive.’ – Google Technical Sourcer (London, England)

5. Softcat

Company Rating: 4.4

‘Excellent people, great work ethic and fantastic fun. They really care about the employees at all levels.’ – Softcat Manager (Marlow, England)

6. GTB

 Company Rating: 4.4

‘Interesting, varied workload, with good support from management and good perks/flexibility. Handled the lockdown brilliantly.’ – GTB Account Manager (London, England)

7. Apple

Company Rating: 4.3

‘Very smart and capable colleagues. Excellent pay. Extensive benefits package: you’re very well looked after.’ – Apple Senior Software Engineer (London, England)

8. Bella Italia

Company Rating: 4.3

‘Fantastic work-life balance which is hard to find in Hospitality. Recognition at its best and great opportunity to progress.’ – Bella Italia General Manager (Gateshead, England)

9. SAP

Company Rating: 4.3

‘Fantastic career and personal development opportunities. Autonomous and flexible work-life balance.’ – SAP Associate Business Process Consultant (Feltham, England)

10. Facebook

Company Rating: 4.3

‘The workforce is as diverse as the communities we serve. The company is providing the best possible care and resources to help all of us thrive — at work, in our personal life, and across every life stage, so we can focus on our mission of bringing the world closer together.’ – Facebook Partner Solutions Manager ( London, England)

11. Sky Betting & Gaming

Company Rating: 4.3

‘Amazing culture and benefits, fantastic response to COVID-19, progression and development opportunities.’ – Sky Betting & Gaming Events and Hospitality (Leeds, England)

12. Nando’s UK & Ire

Company Rating: 4.3

‘It is a kind, caring, friendly and down-to-earth company who will do all they can to help you further your career.’ – Nando’s UK & IRE Cashier/Store Representative (Milton Keynes, England)

13. AstraZeneca

Company Rating: 4.3

‘The culture of the company is great, putting employees’ development at the heart of what they do.’ – AstraZeneca Business Process Analyst (Norwich, England)

14. J.P. Morgan

Company Rating: 4.3

‘Challenging work, good work-life balance, latest tech stack, good team culture.’ – J.P. Morgan Senior Associate (London, England)

15. American Express

Company Rating: 4.3

‘Great benefits, career development opportunities, and option to work from home part of the week. Good work/life balance.’ – American Express Professional Services Engineer (London, England)

16. Sage

Company Rating: 4.3

‘The response in the covid pandemic has shown Sage really cares about its employees. Great leadership, excellent transparent communications and trust to do your job.’ – Sage Professional Services Reporting Consultant (Gosforth, England)

17. Johnson & Johnson

Company Rating: 4.3

‘Strong ethics, people and development focused, good benefits, big company with lots of opportunities, solid leadership and results.’ – Johnson & Johnson Commercial Employee (Maidenhead, England)

18. Mace

Company Rating: 4.3

‘Mace is very flexible in terms of remote working, allowing staff to work from home or the office.’ – Mace Senior Project Manager (London, England)

19. Majestic Wine

Company Rating: 4.3

‘I feel that Majestic are very supportive and there are massive opportunities within the company to progress and develop your career.’ – Majestic Wine Trainee Manager (Shirley, East Midlands, England)

20. Just Eat

Company Rating: 4.3

‘People are nice and friendly. Allocated time for self-development. Competitive salary and bonus system. Flexible working hours.’ – Just Eat Senior Android Engineer (London, England)

21. Shell Energy Retail

Company Rating: 4.3

‘Really quick and effective response to COVID, great team environment, very supportive and great development opportunities.’ – Shell Energy Retail Manager (Coventry, England)

22. Siemens

Company Rating: 4.3

‘Good salary, holiday, every Christmas off, free parking, good pension scheme.’ – Siemens Operations Expert (Poole, England)

23. The Body Shop

Company Rating: 4.3

‘Great pay, amazing hours, lovely staff, discount on products, generally an amazing brand.’ – The Body Shop Customer Service in Ealing, England

24. AXA UK

Company Rating: 4.3

‘They could not have treated staff better during the pandemic. I genuinely feel so lucky to have found a home here.’ – AXA UK Strategy Consultant (Royal Tunbridge Wells, England)

25. Goldman Sachs

Company Rating: 4.3

‘Great company that supports personal development and equality.’ – Goldman Sachs Analyst (London, England)

26. Cromwell Tools

Company Rating: 4.2

‘Lots of motivated individuals working as a team in a friendly and positive environment. Very considerate about professional and personal development.’ – Cromwell Tools Senior Credit Controller (Leicester, England)

27. IFS

Company Rating: 4.2

‘Great working culture, friendly people to work with, approachable management, flexible working and amazing office environment.’ – IFS Executive Assistant (Staines, England)

28. Dell Technologies

Company Rating: 4.2

‘A company which aims to empower all employees to recognise & showcase the very best of their potential, to go on & achieve their career aspirations.’ – Dell Technologies Project Manager (Glasgow, Scotland)

29. Network Rail

Company Rating: 4.2

‘Strong teamwork ethic. Great opportunity to develop your career in several roles. Strong pay and pension.’ – Network Rail Local Operations Manager (London, England)

30. Anglian Water

Company Rating: 4.2

‘Great place to work! Everyone is very friendly and supportive. There are amazing opportunities and career progression within Anglian Water.’ – Anglican Water Customer Care Specialist (Lincoln, England)

31. Mondelēz International

Company Rating: 4.2

‘The work environment is quite calm and less stressful. The company is full of growth opportunities.’ – Mondelēz International Supply Planning Manager (Birmingham, England)

32. Deloitte

Company Rating: 4.2

‘Supportive employer with flexible working arrangements, good parental leave policy and good benefits scheme.’ – Deloitte Senior Manager (London, England)

33. Capgemini Invent

Company Rating: 4.2

‘Great work-life balance. Fantastic people. Plenty of training and development opportunities.’ – Capgemini Invent Associate Consultant (London, England)

34. Taylor Wimpey

Company Rating: 4.2

‘TW puts the welfare of their employees first and foremost, the way they’ve looked after us throughout the lockdown period was fantastic.’ – Taylor Wimpey Assistant Site Manager (Plymouth, England)

35. CarShop

Company Rating: 4.2

‘Incredible company to work for, great promotional opportunities in all sectors of the business and really look after their staff whatever it takes.’ – CarShop Customer Consultant (Warrington, England)

36. BAT

Company Rating: 4.2

‘Great pay and perks. Friendly and intelligent people. Very much a people focused organisation. Interesting and well funded science.’ – BAT Research Scientist (Southampton, England)

37. Morgan Stanley

Company Rating: 4.2

‘Good company culture. Nice atmosphere. People work very hard and take pride in their work.’ – Morgan Stanley Software Developer (London, England)

38. Bank of America

Company Rating: 4.2

‘Possibility to work with talented and intelligent colleagues from top universities across Europe, high profile of transactions, great financial performance of the company overall.’ Bank of America Investment Banking Associate (London, England)

39. BlackRock

Company Rating: 4.2

‘Working with the brightest people within the industry. Company supports growth and values employees.’ – BlackRock Procurement Associate (London, England)

40. Royal London

Company Rating: 4.2

‘Very inclusive and treats employees really well overall. Working hours are flexible and management is genuinely open to feedback.’ – Royal London Business Trainer (Manchester, England)

41. Arm

Company Rating: 4.2

‘Culture, people, flexibility, benefits, training, everything! Is just a great company, unique.’ – Arm Employee in Cambridge, England

42. Waitrose & Partners

Company Rating: 4.2

‘Positive work environment, lots of transformational change going on.’ -Waitrose & Partners Change Planner (Bracknell, England)

43. wagamama

Company Rating: 4.2

‘Competitive salary, friendly environment, fresh food, diverse teams, brilliant career opportunities.’ – wagamama Area Manager (Liverpool, England)

44. Cisco Systems

Company Rating: 4.2

‘Having a high-trust organization such as Cisco helps us avoid micro management and employees are getting most of their potential.’ – Cisco Success Programs Manager (London, England)

45. Jacobs

Company Rating: 4.2

‘Focused on delivering sustainable infrastructure. Good wages and benefits package. Excellent focus on employee career development. Supportive management. Flexible working available.’ – Jacobs Ecologist (London, England)

46. GlaxoSmithKline

Company Rating: 4.2

‘Great work life balance. Great trust from management so you don’t feel like you’re being supervised. Great benefits such as share schemes and holiday allowances.’ – GlaxoSmithKline Service Specialist (Stevenage, England)

47. Awin

Company Rating: 4.2

‘The company offers an excellent work-life balance and always puts the employee first and ensuring you remain happy while working.’ – Awin Integration Analyst in London, England

48. Walt Disney Company

Company Rating: 4.2

‘Large well respected company. At it’s best, it is the best in the world. Innovative and (calculated) risk-taking market leader. Good working conditions and benefits.’ – Creative Manager (London, England)

49. Greggs

Company Rating: 4.2

‘Good family values, excellent benefits and good atmosphere.’ – Greggs Senior Sales (Manchester, England)

50. Shell

Company Rating: 4.2

‘Work-life balance, professionalism, international exposure, culture.’ – Shell Valuation Analyst (London, England)

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