Microsoft lands top award as the best places to work are honoured
MICROSOFT has been voted the "Best Large Company" to work for in Ireland for the fourth successive year.
The technology company beat off stiff competition from Google and Pepsico Ireland to claim the prize.
EMC Information Services came fourth, while McDonald's was fifth.
The Great Place to Work organisation's list, which bills itself as "Ireland's most comprehensive study of workplace culture", highlights organisations that "create and maintain an environment of trust in the workplace".
EMC Ireland's vice-president and managing director Bob Savage was named Ireland's Most Trusted Leader at the awards.
Estate agents Jones Lang LaSalle won the "Best Medium-Sized Company" award and HILTI, the construction technology company, won the first ever "Best Small Workplace" award.
Presenting the awards, Enterprise Minister Richard Bruton said he was "delighted" to present these awards "in recognition of companies and leaders who place the quality of their workplace at the centre of their success".
"We will continue to support businesses who strive for excellence, not only in the quality of their products, but also in the quality of their workplaces," he said.
Speaking at the awards last night, Great Place to Work Ireland chief executive John Ryan said the event "gives progressive organisations a distinct competitive edge as only those that attain the standard make the list".
He added: "More and more organisations are using our methodology to benchmark their people-practices and we are particularly pleased to see so many indigenous Irish companies performing so well."
Of the 45 organisations who achieved the best workplace standard in 2012, 12 were Irish companies.
They include Bord Gais, Version 1, Topaz, Ergo, Barry Group, Cluid Housing, Adrian Dunne Pharmacies, Tourism Ireland, Merlin, FCm, Vayu and Core Media.