Sick of that guy ten cubicles over who snorts into his coffee like a bull on mustard? Tired of the deadlines and lack of recognition? Feel like a hamster wheel would actually be a sweet blessed relief from the tedium of your working life? It’s time for change. It’s time to put your talents where they will be nurtured and polished by companies who get what you want, and what you need. Here are some of the best in South Africa (in no particular order)…
1. Google South Africa
Not only does this technology giant consistently snap up the accolades on the global frontier (although this year it lost its grip of number one in the Glassdoor survey, dropping to 8th spot and losing to Airbnb), but it has now taken first place in the Universum 2016 Most Attractive Employer Awards for the technology and engineering sector.
Perks: On-site doctors, free travel insurance, study assistance and some impressively cool office space, among other things.
Bet you didn’t see that one coming? Well, this company has some pretty awesome benefits for its staff and has featured regularly in reviews from happy employees, all saying it is the best place they’ve ever worked. Their list of perks is so long, it needs its own paragraph…
Perks: Communication allowance, 20 days leave per annum which rises to 24 after two years, four months maternity leave and two months maternity for adopting mothers, study leave, a performance bonus, reward and recognition programmes, wellness days, training and development courses, an on-campus gym, canteen facilities and a weekly on-site financial advisor. Phew.
3. Tribeca Public Relations
The 2016 Holmes Report gave Tribeca Public Relations an honourable mention in the category of Best Continental Consultancy to work for. It was a competitive category with Schwartz Public Relations in Germany taking the top spot, and no other South African agency even got a look in.
Perks: Yay days, wellness days, 20 days leave in the first year which rises to 25 days in the second year, flexible working for parents, a twice weekly fruit bowl, free Nutella and birthdays off.
This is a company which understands its employee’s need to unwind and get a little business loving. The company’s benefit sheet includes almost as many perks as those which come with Neotel, but the list includes a few extras which are pretty much tailored to what the company does.
Perks: A free 34-hour virtual assistance service called MLife, a gym at MultiChoice City, a nursery school, two car washes, a wellness centre complete with physician, beautician and a dietician, an early childhood development subsidy, and discounted DStv and MWEB subscriptions. Nice.
Unilever has the Top Employers Africa 2016 certification and has won numerous accolades over the years thanks to its commitment to people. The company has a list of benefits which show a progressive ethos when it comes to supporting employee wellness, growth and career development. They also show remarkable insight into the challenges which face parents with programmes like onsite nursing facilities and the option to work from home when needed.
Perks: Sabbatical, flexi-time working, training programmes, international mobility, graduate development programmes, workshops, online training and mentoring.
There are, of course, quite a few honourable mentions which should be added into this list of fabulous South African companies to work for. Deloitte South Africa, Accenture, KPMG and SARS got high scores in the Universum 2016 Most Attractive Employers ranking. And Microsoft, Old Mutual, Nestle, EY and Vodacom all snagged top ten in the Top Employers 2016 awards. They all have developed reward programmes and lists of employee benefits that make life in their fast lanes just that little bit more relaxing.