What do Australia’s top employers look like?

Oct 25, 2014

Throwing lots of money at your employees doesn’t necessarily attract the best workers, or make you an employer of choice. More often, it comes down to trust, pride and camaraderie, according to Great Place to Work, which conducts an annual survey on the best places to work in Australia.

Great Place to Work, a global research, consulting and training firm that works with companies to develop great workplaces, releases an annual list of the best places to work in Australia.

The results of the most recent survey may surprise many, with large national or multinational companies largely absent from the top of the list.

Topping the list was Optiver, a Dutch-owned algorithmic trader (automated trading in financial markets) which had – at the time the list was published – just 203 employees in Australia. However, for Great Place to Work, it stood out by offering a genuine open door philosophy – ensuring managers are constantly engaged with employees.

Optiver also provides new employees with a buddy to guide them through their initial days with the company and gives newly hired staff ethics training. There is also little red tape to prevent potential frustration among its highly-motivated workforce.

Maintaining a healthy workplace often comes down to the policies and procedures implemented by executives and managers in hiring, inspiring, speaking, listening, thinking, caring, developing, celebrating and sharing – ensuring employees are happy and motivated.

Great Place to Work found other companies offer plenty of perks, from profit-sharing schemes, free lunches, longer parental leave, laptops, and mobile phones. But among the companies considered the best places to work, there is one shared trait and that is they all ensure there is proper communication between managers and employees.

By maintaining an open line of communication, and sharing business strategies and successes, employees are able to see how their contribution has been positive for the business. This also provides workers with a greater sense of control over their development helping to improve and maintain their happiness and mental wellbeing.


Below is the list of the top 10 best places to work in 2013, according to Great Place to Work Australia:

  1. Optiver (Financial Services & Insurance)
  2. Atlassian (Information Technology – Software)
  3. NetApp Australia (Information Technology – Storage/Data Management)
  4. SFDC Australia (Information Technology – Software)
  5. The Physio Co (Health Care)
  6. MRWED Training and Assessment (Education & Training)
  7. McAfee Australia (Information Technology – Software)
  8. RedBalloon (Retail – Specialty)
  9. C3 Business Solutions (Information Technology – IT Consulting)
  10. Cordelta (Professional Services).

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