There is no better place to work other than a company in the ICT sector, at least if you go by the results of BRW’s Best Places to Work 2013 list.
The business magazine recently published the top Australian companies that have the best employers, working conditions, and pay. ICT companies dominated the list with 20 out of the top 50 businesses consisting of a company in the ICT industry.
BRW’s Top 50 Best Places to Work list is based on research conducted by the Great Place to Work Institute Australia, which is measured against a proprietary culture audit and trust index.
Atlassian was the top ICT company, just falling a rank behind financial services and insurance company, Optiver, which took the top spot on the list overall.
The company moved up in its status from its 9th position last year.
NetApp Australia (ranked 3rd), Salesforce.com (ranked 4th), McAfee Australia (ranked 7th) and C3 Business Solutions (ranked 9th) all made it to the top 10 companies to work for.
NetApp A/NZ managing director, Steve Manley, said creating a positive culture sits at the core of the business that the entire company strives towards.
NetApp's appearance among the top three positions for the sixth consecutive year, validates that strategy, he said.
“Our employees are our number one asset and it’s essential that a working environment in which individuals and teams can be innovative is created and maintained. This results in the hiring and retention of quality people, which in turn leads to better outcomes for our customers and partners,” he said.
Specific benefits afforded by NetApp to its staff include flexible work practices; educational benefits; and NetApp’s Volunteer Time Off program, which allows an extra week of paid leave per year in order to take part in community service.
McAfee’s Asia-Pacific president, Andrew Littleproud, said the company was the only cyber security business to be credited with the award, and said the recognition honoured the commitment of its employees and their contribution to the company.
“It is a credit to our staff and our culture to have been recognised for the third consecutive year. McAfee’s employees are passionate and deeply committed to our cause of keeping people safe and secure online,” he said.
Its Asia-Pacific human resources director, John Francois, said the company has implemented more than a dozen initiatives during the past two years all aimed at attracting, retaining and motivating its employees.
Francois said it challenges its staff through an Emerging Talent HIPO (high-potential) program, which gives them tools and strategies to reach their highest potential, as well as further recognises staff performance through the ‘McAfee Heroes’ award, which rewards those who go above and beyond for the customer.
Distribution Central was the only Aussie distie on the list, with BRW placing it at number 31.
The company most recently expanded its security offering across A/NZ by adding network security vendor, Palo Alto Networks, to its portfolio and also inked a Fujitsu servers deal in its first foray into the server market.
"It's an incredible honour to have our own staff recognise us this way for five consecutive years. What really matters is we have been able to manage quite a sizeable business for more than nine years, never made a redundancy and have always offered pay increases throughout all kinds of financial, economic, industry and societal disruptions," Distribution Central managing director, Nick Verykios, said.
IT solutions company, Kiandra IT, climbed up to the 23rd spot from its 29th position last year, making it the fifth time in a row that the company has been featured on the list.
Kiandra IT managing director, Cameron Brookes, said its people are integral to the business and claimed that it plans to increase its workforce by 35 per cent over the next 18 months to cater for the growth in demand for its services.
“If we cannot attract and retain the very best our industry has to offer, then we cannot provide the calibre of solutions and level of service we expect, and our customers deserve. Investing in culture and employment brand is vital in making Kiandra attractive to the most talented people,” he said.
Altis Consulting (ranked 19th) has been on the list for the fourth year running.
Altis Consulting CEO, John Hoffman, attributed much of its growth and success to a family-friendly work environment that is directed and driven very much by its employees.
“While many companies talk about empowering their staff, Altis Consulting is actually expanding its services, its geographic footprint and its reputation with customers by letting staff create many of their own, and the company’s opportunities and advancements,” Hoffman added.
Other ICT companies on the top 50 include: Readify (ranked 15th), Ansarada (ranked 17th), SAS Institute (ranked 18th), Rackspace Hosting (ranked 27th), 4mation Technologies (ranked 29th), Campaign Monitor (ranked 33rd), PageUp People (ranked 34th), Hitachi Data Systems (ranked 36th), Adobe (ranked 37th), Webqem (ranked 40th), ThoughtWorks (ranked 49th), and Autodesk (ranked 50th).