Google has regained pole position in the BRW The 50 Best Places to Work list for 2011, which was primarily dominated by IT companies.
In second place was E-web Marketing, which moved up from seventh spot last year. NetApp Australia slipped slightly back into third position after being number one last year.
Google managed to claw its way back to number one through offering staff 16 weeks maternity leave, a Google Day off, plus one week for volunteering. E-web Marketing employees gain access to 200 hours of training a year, nap room and massage chair plus they can also have a go on the Playstation and sing a tune on the karaoke machine.
NetApp keeps its staff happy and healthy providing 20 weeks maternity leave and $4300 towards private health cover per employee.
About 20 IT companies dominated the list this year, more than any other industry.
The list is based on an employee survey supplied by the Great Place to Work Institute.
Other companies that also made their way into top 50 include; Distribution Central (15), Kiandra IT (16), Readify (18), JDS Australia (20), Orbis Global (21), McAfee (24), Simcorp (31), Telcoinabox (32), Ansarada (34) and Unique World (38).
Advanced Solutions International (41), SAS Institute Australia (42), C3 Business Solutions (45) and Check Point Software (46), rounded out the top 50.
A majority of the mentioned companies have been featured on the list for three years or more.
“We are honoured to be recognised for the third time in BRW’s Best Places to Work list. Skills shortage is a key issue facing the IT industry and we work extremely hard and invest considerably in our culture and in the ongoing development of our staff to combat this, and build an employment brand that attracts and retains the most talented people our industry has to offer,” Kiandra IT managing director, Cameron Brookes, said.
“Our success is a great example of how investing in your people provides solid returns. We experienced a 32 percent increase in turnover from FY09 to FY10 and anticipate an increase of 24 per cent from FY10 to FY11. As a result of this we have increased staff numbers by 38 per cent in the last 12 months, and recently expanded to the west coast.”