Big tech tops list of Singapore’s best places to work: survey

File photo of a Google sign. Photo: Pawel Czerwinski
File photo of a Google sign. Photo: Pawel Czerwinski

Google, Facebook and Shell Oil are the three best places to work in Singapore, according to current and former employees in a survey out today.

The results were based on anonymous feedback collected during the past year by recruiting service Glassdoor, which conducted its annual workplace happiness survey for the first time outside the United States this year. Glassdoor’s Employees’ Choice Awards assess the best workplaces in various industries using factors such as work environment. Singapore is among the non-US countries added for its 12th edition.

Other Singaporean employers on the list are Amazon (No. 4), followed by Microsoft, Visa, AIA, HubSpot, J.P. Morgan, and HP. 

In their reviews, employees weighed in on various things such as the pros and cons of working for their employer, according to Glassdoor’s study. They were asked to rate workplace attributes such as career opportunities, compensation, benefits, and work-life balance.

The top 10 companies listed scored ratings of at least 4 out of 5, with Google getting 4.5 and a 4.2 for HP.

Among Google’s reviews posted by Glassdoor were statements lauding the California-based giant’s “clear goals, on-time salary, compensations, free-events, and friendly environment.”

It was also knocked for its fast-paced work culture.

“Moving at the speed of light, burnout is inevitable,” a review posted by a former employer read. It got more than 2,000 reactions for being a “helpful” comment. 

Among the good reviews for Facebook were that it offered great benefits, good pay and a good working culture. But it could also be too “competitive” for some, especially those working in “large teams,” a current employee wrote in October. 

Some bad reviews for the social media company also included “excessive politics,” and instances of “fake positivity.”

For HP, many reviewers lauded its great working culture and flexibility. However, reviewers also complained it lacked career progression. 

“Workload imbalanced between teams, work-life balance is quite subjective, politics game quite heavy, low salary and increment, prospects not very good as it is very dependent on people above you to leave,” a former employee in Singapore wrote on Glassdoor in May.

Review posted to Glassdoor by former HP employee in Singapore

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