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Best Company to Work for in Singapore: Here Are Some of the Best Workplaces To Consider!

profileJoel Koh

There are 168 hours in a week.

Most of us would spend about 49 hours (seven hours a day) a week sleeping.

That would leave us with 119 hours a week where we are awake.

And according to the latest statistics from the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) Singapore, the workers in Singapore works 44 hours a week on average.

Source: Ministry of Manpower

That would mean that we spend about 37 per cent of our time each week working.

Don’t even get me started about overtime.

The point I’m trying to make is that we spend a significant portion of our time working. Thus, we must find the best workplaces to spend your working hours well.

Well, a good place to start will be the international research firm Great Place to Work’s Singapore Best Workplaces 2021 report, which showcases the top companies in Singapore to work for.

Here is what you need to know!


TL;DR: Best Company to Work for in Singapore — Great Place to Work’s Singapore Best Workplaces 2021 Report

No.Company
Top 15 Singapore Workplaces 2021: Medium & Large Category (Companies With >100 Employees)
1DHL Express (Singapore)
2Cisco
3Salesforce
4Adobe Singapore
5Red Hat
6Micron Technology
7Boston Scientific
8Medtronic
9Thoughtworks
10Ingram Micro Asia
11foodpanda
12HP Inc
13Abbvie Singapore
14Microsoft Singapore
15TDCX (SG)
Top 15 Singapore Workplaces 2021: Small Category (Companies With 10 - 99 Employees)
1Signify Singapore
2TC Acoustic
3Cadence
4SIX
5World Wide Technology
6Insight Technology Solutions
7Collective Good / Boxgreen
8BitTitan SG
9Liftoff Mobile
10Openspace
11Servier Singapore
12RICE Communications
13Teleperformance
14Crowdstrike Singapore
15Endowus

What Is the Great Place to Work?

Here is the company in their own words:

Great Place provides executive advisory, culture consulting services and leadership training and coaching to businesses, not-for-profits, learning institutions, and government agencies in Singapore and over 50 countries across six continents.

The Great Place to Work® Trust Model© is built on 30 years of research and data collected through our Trust Index© Survey taken annually by millions of employees worldwide.

Great Place publishes gold standard Best Workplaces™ lists across 52 countries annually, including the highly regarded Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For® list in America.

This recognition of Best Workplaces ™ occurs at the national, regional and global levels. producing the annual Singapore Best Workplaces™ ist since 2015. Our Certification Program is a fuss-free way to help organizations kick start their participation in all of our Singapore Best Workplaces lists.

All in all, the company looks reputable, considering that they are published in Fortune Magazine.

Not to mention that the findings for this Singapore Best Workplaces 2021 report were presented at the 2021 Singapore Best Workplaces Summit event held at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre on Thursday (2 Dec 2021).

The guest of honour for this event was Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat, who presented the awards to the winning companies.

Source: Great Place to Work ASEAN

Great Place to Work Singapore Best Workplaces 2021 Report Methodology

More importantly, here is how the report was produced (emphasis are mine):

To determine the 2021 Singapore’s Best Workplaces, Great Place to Work®️ analysed confidential survey feedback representing nearly 37,000 employees across different industries in Singapore.

Employees responded to over 60 survey questions describing the extent to which their organization creates a Great Place to Work For All™️.

85 per cent of the evaluation is based on what employees say about their experiences of trust and reaching their full human potential as part of their organization, no matter who they are or what they do. Great Place to Work analyzes these experiences relative to each organization’s size, workforce make up, and what’s typical in their industry.

The remaining 15 per cent of the rank is based on an assessment of all employees’ daily experiences of innovation, the company’s values, and the effectiveness of their leaders, to ensure they’re consistently experienced.

To be considered, companies had to meet the Great Place to Work-Certified standard.

To ensure survey results truly represent all employees, Great Place to Work requires that Trust Index©️ survey results are accurate to a 95 per cent confidence level with a 5% margin of error or better. We review any anomalies in survey responses, news and financial performance to ensure there aren’t any extraordinary reasons to believe we couldn’t trust a company’s survey results.

Companies with 10 to 99 people were considered for the Small category while companies with 100 employees or more were considered for the Medium and Large category.

Here are the results:

Top 15 Singapore Workplaces 2021: Medium & Large Category (Companies With >100 Employees)

1. DHL Express (Singapore)

2. Cisco

3. Salesforce

4. Adobe Singapore

5. Red Hat

6. Micron Technology

7. Boston Scientific

8. Medtronic

9. Thoughtworks

10. Ingram Micro Asia

11. foodpanda

12. HP Inc

13. Abbvie Singapore

14. Microsoft Singapore

15. TDCX (SG)

We will also be looking at the individual reports of the top three companies from this category. You can access the rest on their website.

1. What Is It Like to Work at DHL Express Singapore

Source: Great Place to Work

2. What Is It Like to Work at Cisco Systems Singapore

Source: Great Place to Work

3. What Is It Like to Work at Salesforce Singapore

Source: Great Place to Work

Top 15 Singapore Workplaces 2021: Small Category (Companies With 10 – 99 Employees)

1. Signify Singapore

2. TC Acoustic

3. Cadence

4. SIX

5. World Wide Technology

6. Insight Technology Solutions

7. Collective Good / Boxgreen

8. BitTitan SG

9. Liftoff Mobile

10. Openspace

11. Servier Singapore

12. RICE Communications

13. Teleperformance

14. Crowdstrike Singapore

15. Endowus

1. What is it Like to Work at Signify Singapore?

Source Great Place to Work

2. What Is It Like to Work at TC Acoustic?

Source Great Place to Work

3. What is it Like to Work at Cadence?

Source: Great Place to Work

How To Read the Results of This Report?

Well, if you are looking for a good company to work for, this report would be a good first step to finding the perfect company for you.

But, it is just one of many data points you need to consider when finding a job.

This report would answer questions about the company’s culture, leadership and the feel-good factor.

In addition, you have to compare to see if the salary and benefits these companies are offering is competitive.

P.S. our salary guide for Singaporeans should help:

You can also gather information about a company by looking up the company on Glassdoor to see what employees are saying about the company.

You could also reach out to employees in your prospective company’s department and ask them what it is like working at the company.

In addition, you can learn lots about a company if you ask nicely why the position is vacant.

If it appears that the company has trouble retaining talent or has multiple open listed roles, dig deeper.

Although you won’t get the whole picture, trust your gut.

It could be a red flag that you might be hitting up job search websites a little after you accept the offer.

But, here’s a caveat this list is not exhaustive, and your personal situation and expectations will differ.

The aim is to focus on all the flags, green or red, to find out what you are signing on the dotted line for before committing.

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