I’m going to start this post off by saying that in my current job I’m the happiest I have ever been at work, probably because it’s kind of a family business, that’s not what has sparked off this post though. Many people will know that in various previous jobs I’ve been extremely unhappy and I don’t think I’m alone in feeling this way.
This morning I got an email from Glassdoor about the top 25 places in the UK to work in 2015 (well it’s not 2015 yet, so I think that should really be 2014). If you’ve not heard of Glassdoor it’s like the TripAdvisor for work. People leave reviews of their places of employment.
So without further ado, here is the top 25 with their rating out of 5 stars.
1. Google – 4.4/5 – 2.7k reviews
Ok, so not only are they one of the most popular websites in the UK, they are also the most popular employer. No big surprise really, Google have some unique working practices and they do a lot of HR research and testing I believe.
2. John Lewis 4.3/5 – 89 reviews
John Lewis, renowned for the way they are structured, all employees become partners in the company and hence have a sense of ownership. No doubt this contributes to the rating.
3. Microsoft 4.1/5 8.7k reviews
I’m not really sure what is great about working at Microsoft, but they seem to have some good reviews with many people talking about a good “work / life balance” – so perhaps that is important. On to the next company.
4. Accenture 4.0/5 – 9.3k reviews
Now, I don’t know about you, but when I see a product on Amazon that has only 4 out of 5 stars I start to get a tiny bit sceptical and start reading the reviews. Funnily enough people working there appear to complain of a poor “work / life balance” a lot.
5. Jaguar Landrover 4.0/5 – 75 reviews
From what I can tell most people liked the pay and opportunities at this company. I imagine the chance of having a company car is a pretty big bonus too (no doubt they do that kind of thing).
6. J.P. Morgan 4.0/5 – 4.3k reviews
People said in their reviews that training and education was important, opportunities, people and culture. So it sounds like a range of things giving J.P. Morgan a top 10 listing.
7. Three 3.9/5 – 107 reviews
Woah woah woah. Hang on there. 3.9 out of 5? The 7th best place to work in the UK has 3.9 out of 5 on a star rating. I wouldn’t touch a product with a barge pole if it had 3.9 out of 5 on Amazon. You wouldn’t catch me sleeping in a hotel or B&B rated 3.9 out of 5 on TripAdvisor. Ok, well that’s still number 7. Let’s skip to 25 shall we to see how bad things are?
25. Expedia 3.2/5 – 912 reviews
Well there you go folks. Three point two out of five. You may aswell go top yourself now, things are that bad! The 25th best place to work in the UK has 3.2 out of 5. Shocking. So that’s pretty much the best you can expect, but why? Surely this is something that needs to be addressed.
There is a lot wrong with working life nowadays, something does have to give. The various governments talk about our unhealthy lifestyles, but if you have an hours commute, a 40 hour week and kids – when are you supposed to find the time to: relax? Do an hours exercise? Cook proper food? And then to top it off the rest of your time is spent sleeping or working at 3.2 out of 5 or worse.
Unfortunately I don’t have any answers, I guess we should all be looking to Google and John Lewis and taking a leaf out of their book.