3 Filipino companies ranked among world's best employers

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Customers order food in a Jollibee branch in Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines, July 30, 2019. Picture taken July 30, 2019. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez
Customers order food in a Jollibee branch in Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines. (Source: Picture taken July 30, 2019. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez)

Global companies and their owners across industries built stronger brands and raked in billions in the process of providing a better support system to a COVID-hit world, but how well did these companies take care of their own people? 

The proof of the pudding is in the results of the World's Best Employers list put together by Forbes

A company is only as great as its employees and the relationship should be mutually beneficial. 

One of the biggest challenges for employers in the face of COVID, especially with regards to work-from-home arrangements, was to attract and retain top talent. To this end, they were required to rethink their strategy around hiring and make better investments in their existing employees.

Based on the treatment meted out to them, 150,000 full-time and part-time workers from 58 countries working for multinational companies and institutions rated their willingness to recommend their employers to others. 

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Here's a look at the top 10 employers in the world according to employees.

Forbes partnered with Statista to analyse the world's 50 best employers of 2021. Here are the results.
The top 10 list of best employers is dominated by tech firms.

How Filipino companies fared

Three companies from the Philippines have been ranked on the list of the World's 750 best employers. Among the three, two have made the cut to the 500 best employers in the world.

Fast food behemoth Jollibee Foods Corp. has been ranked 256th on this global list. As an employer Jollibee is highly acclaimed for its healthy work environment, great coworkers, and flexible work schedule. The pay is said to be better than most other places in the fast food category.

Ayala Corp. and Aboitiz Equity Ventures ranked 487th and 665th respectively.

Employees wearing masks to prevent contracting the coronavirus wait for a shareholder of Samsung Electronics Co. before the company's annual general meeting in Suwon, South Korea, March 18, 2020.  REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
Samsung Electronics has been ranked as 2021's best employer in the world. (Source: Getty)

Why is Samsung the best employer?

While American companies dominate the top 10, they couldn't beat South Korea's Samsung Electronics - headquartered in more than 45 countries - which claimed the top spot among 750 multi-national corporations (MNCs) for the second time in a row.

The Korean wave gripping the world seems unstoppable in more than just the entertainment industry. Perhaps an offshoot of the Hallyu wave, Samsung intends creating more awareness globally about its work culture and has taken great care of its employees during the tough years of COVID.

The conglomerate has been fortifying its brand image by actively investing in future businesses and also responding well to the challenges being posed by the pandemic.

Along with COVID, 2020 brought many challenges for Samsung, but the company proved highly adaptable. 

In response to the COVID-19 challenges, it was quick to shut down its factories in South Korea, but it was also quick to scale back to ensure a seamless experience for its customers and to assure continuity of employment for its workforce.

Another example of its commitment to the safety of its customers and its intent to equip its employees to work efficiently was when it opened a UV sanitising service for its Galaxy series of Smartphones. 

In its semiconductor business, Samsung prudently shifted production from Korea to Vietnam to overcome challenges posed by the pandemic. This was followed by judiciously cutting down component orders by 50 per cernt when the situation was grave. 

The company also showed benevolence to its worldwide customer and employee base by pledging nearly $3.6 million to countries like India to combat the virus. Samsung's Smartwatch app for its Galaxy watch users launched in 2020 and was designed to remind customers to wash their hands. 

In 2021, Samsung has expanded its market by ensuring safety of its future Smart home products with UV-LED technology.

Hundreds of Microsoft Windows group employees pose for a group photo. Source: Getty Images
Microsoft was ranked as 2021's third best employer. Source: Getty Images

How other companies performed

Though engineering and manufacturing companies are among the most represented in the top 750 list, with German companies clinching 91 spots, followed by China with 57, tech firms dominated the top 10. This is probably because tech companies were better positioned and equipped to handle the work-from-home arrangement for its employees.

IBM, Microsoft, and Amazon were ranked second, third and fourth respectively. 

Tech giants Apple and Alphabet ranked fifth and sixth, with Dell Technologies closing in at seventh spot.

Despite many reports of China being a tough task master, Chinese Telecom behemoth Huawei also made it to the top 10 list at number eight.

Yet another software & internet company, Adobe, was ranked the ninth best employer this year.

Only one automobile company, Germany's BMW group, made the top 10 cut despite the auto industry suffering a setback at the onset of the pandemic.

A graph showing the top eight companies from 2017, 2019 and 2021. (Source: Forbes & Statista)
Tech companies have dominated the top 10 in recent years. (Source: Forbes & Statista)

Methodology of the ranking

This ranking was compiled by Forbes in partnership with Statista, by surveying 150,000 full-time and part-time workers from 58 nations working for multinational companies. 

The participants were expected to rate their readiness to recommend their own employers to others. They were also asked to evaluate other employers within their respective industries. 

All the surveys were anonymous so that the participants could freely share their unbiased opinions.

Survey participants were asked to consider aspects such as brand image, economic footprint, talent development, gender equality and social responsibility while evaluating the companies. The 750 companies that received the highest total scores were featured on the final list.

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