Best places to work

20 of the Best Places to Work

Best places to workAre you looking for a new job?

Well, the Sunday Times have announced this year’s top 100 companies to work for!

So if you want to work somewhere where their treat their employees well, this is is definitely a great place to start.

NB: the results are all based on anonymous employee feedback!

How do companies make the list?

The companies who make it onto the list are those that have the highest “Best Companies Index Score” on a survey filled out by their employees.

Employees are asked to give a rating on 70 different questions and 1000 is the maximum score a company can achieve. They get asked about:

  • Salary.
  • Benefits.
  • Wellbeing.
  • Personal growth.
  • Leadership.
  • Culture.

And more.

So what are these companies doing that is so bloomin’ special?

There are four ‘best companies to work for’ lists in total, including small (50 – 250 employees), mid-sized (250 – 3000 employees), big (3000+ employees) and not-for-profit (50+ employees).

Now that’s a lot of businesses, so today I’m just going to cover the top 5 in each category. If you’d like to see the full list and find out more details click here.

The 5 Best Big Companies

(3000+ employees).

1. Sytner Group

Industry:                             Automotive

Score:                                   752.4

Staff Turnover:                  15%

Company Profile:  

Important Bits:

  • Great training opportunities and career progression.
  • The team are incredibly proud to work there.
  • “It’s like one big family.”

2. Admiral Group plc

Industry:                            Insurance

Score:                                  749.8

Staff Turnover:                13%

Company Profile:  

Important Bits:

  • A strong emphasis on FUN! Including events like sheep herding and circus skills.
  • Share incentive scheme.
  • Newbies get a warm welcome and there’s a great induction programme.

3. EE

Industry:                             Telecommunications

Score:                                   741.3

Staff Turnover:                 18%

Company Profile:  

Important Bits:

  • Employees feel valued by their managers.
  • Great discounts (friends and family included) on EE products.
  • Giving back is encouraged and actioned through the company. As a business, they raised £192,700 for Unicef alone last year. They also care for the environment.

4. Markerstudy Group

Industry:                             Insurance

Score:                                   738.2

Staff Turnover:                 10%

Company Profile:  

Important Bits:

  • They are very charitable. Employees get 5 days off a year for volunteering and as a business, they donated £228,000 to charities last year.
  • A really fun place to work.
  • With a strong focus on wellbeing, including healthcare benefits, healthy eatin advice and fitness challenges.

5. Bourne Leisure

Industry:                             Leisure

Score:                                   737.4

Staff Turnover:                 30%

Company Profile:  

Important Bits:

  • A firm with a family-feel.
  • Great systems for employee feedback. Suggestions are actually listened to and acted upon.
  • Personal growth is encouraged, through training, mentoring, secondments and paid days away.

The 5 Best Mid-Sized Companies

(250 – 3000 employees).

1. 4Com plc

Industry:                             Telecommunications

Score:                                   864.8

Staff Turnover:                 18%

Company Profile:  

Important Bits:

  • There’s a real sense of family.
  • After 5 years, employees have access to a share scheme.
  • Quirky perks like music and disco lights in the office, to keep morale high.

2. Chess

Industry:                             IT and Communications

Score:                                   856

Staff Turnover:                 37%

Company Profile:  

Important Bits:

  • The Chief Executive hosts “life-changing” Happiness Training sessions.
  • Health and wellbeing are very important and employees are provided with free breakfasts, massages, dental and optical plans and private medical insurance.
  • Lots of team sporting events and staff are encouraged to raise money for charities, which the company will match.

3. Charter Court Financial Services

Industry:                             Financial Services

Score:                                   809.8

Staff Turnover:                 9%

Company Profile:  

Important Bits:

  • Managers are accessible and work in the office with other staff members.
  • Company values of respect, excellence, attention, challenge and honesty are adhered to.
  • Charitable activities are encouraged.

4. MoneyPenny

Industry:                             Professional Services

Score:                                   800.5

Staff Turnover:                 18%

Company Profile:  

Important Bits:

  • Quirky perks like an onsite pub.
  • Great team who are always willing to help out and who have fun at work.
  • Charitable activities are encouraged and they have even set up “The MoneyPenny Foundation” to help young, jobless women get into work, education or training.

5. UKFast

Industry:                             Hosting Provider

Score:                                   799.9

Staff Turnover:                 17%

Company Profile:   

Important Bits:

  • Emphasis on technology to build a strong team and internal communication strategy.
  • Quirky perks like a gym, crèche, classrooms, Japanese spa garden and sleeping pods.
  • Incentives like holidays, festivals and trips, paid for by the company.

The 5 Best Small Companies

(50 – 250 employees).

1. Talon Outdoor.

Industry:                             Media

Score:                                   825.8

Staff Turnover:                 6%

Company Profile:  

Noticeable Points:

  • Strong emphasis on “giving something back.” They raised £68,000 last year for charities.
  • A fun office. Employees are certainly not bored; “there is a lot of energy and never a dull day.”
  • An extremely creative team.

2. ThirdWay Interiors.

Industry:                             Interior Design

Score:                                   824.5

Staff Turnover:                 4%

Company Profile:  

Noticeable Points:

  • Strong culture of transparency and honesty across the company.
  • Employees feel like they make a real contribution.
  • They have faith in their leaders.

3. Austin Fraser Ltd.

Industry:                             Recruitment

Score:                                   822.5

Staff Turnover:                 25%

Company Profile:  

Noticeable Points:

  • Emphasis on team-building and socialising with activities such as paintballing.
  • Loads of opportunities for personal development – they invested £2000 in training last year.
  • The team have lots of fun at work.

4. JCW

Industry:                              Recruitment

Score:                                    815.5

Staff Turnover:                  15%

Company Profile:  

Noticeable Points:

  • Strong investment in staff; they hire trainees and develop them into a role.
  • Team-building activities are a-plenty and they also offer free yoga sessions.
  • Employees rate their managers as excellent role models (it’s easy to see why).

5. Equilibrium Asset Management

Industry:                             Wealth Management

Score:                                   813.1

Staff Turnover:                 4%

Company Profile:  

Noticeable Points:

  • Wellbeing and work-life balance are encouraged, for example, working overtime is banned (the office shuts at 6pm sharp) and staff get at least 33 holidays a year.
  • Quirky perks like a games room and special events like barbecues and quizzes.
  • A strong team culture.

The 5 Best Not-For-Profit Companies

(50+ Employees)

1. SLH Group

Industry:                             Housing Association

Score:                                    838.9

Staff Turnover:                  5%

Company Profile:  

Noticeable Points:

  • Employees really believe in and trust their leader.
  • There are plenty of opportunities to learn and grow.
  • Quirky perks like an office “living room” with darts, table tennis and crafts.

2. The Message Trust

Industry:                             Youth Work

Score:                                   772.1

Staff Turnover:                 22%

Company Profile:  

Noticeable Points:

  • Inspirational leadership.
  • Great opportunities for personal growth.
  • Really strong values.

3. Wales & West Housing

Industry:                             Housing

Score:                                   771.3

Staff Turnover:                 Not stated

Company Profile:  

Noticeable Points:

  • Fun events.
  • Good for personal growth.
  • Really strong values that the employees are proud of.

4. Treetops Hospice Care

Industry:                             Health and Social Care

Score:                                   758.1

Staff Turnover:                 15%

Company Profile:  

Noticeable Points:

  • Sense of family within the team.
  • Good work-life balance.
  • Really strong values that the employees are proud of.

5. Fair Ways

Industry:                        Children’s services

Score:                              755.8

Staff Turnover:            19%

Company Profile:

Noticeable Points:

  • Teamwork is their greatest strength; staff go out of their way to help each other.
  • Inspiring and supportive leaders.
  • Transparency and honesty across the company.


It’s not easy making it into the top 100 (hundreds of companies try). So these companies really must be doing something right!

So if you’re looking for a new job, it’s definitely worth checking out some of their vacancies.

Recruiter Pro Tip

Before accepting a job offer (or even applying for a job) it really is worth considering what you want from a company.

  • Are you looking for that “family-feel?”
  • Is voluntary work important to you?
  • Do you want to work somewhere that encourages further development and training?

Whatever you are looking for, there are resources out there which can help. Have you checked their Glassdoor? Or social media? Or any online forums?

Click here for some more tips on what you should be researching before accepting a job.

And like we always say – life’s too short to hate your job!

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