A unique culture has evolved at Al Ghandi Auto Group with a great working environment and a positive energy where employees feel that it is not just a job but part of their extended family. Employees at all levels are able to freely share their ideas, suggestions and feedback with the management team. Cultural diversity is embraced with the owners, management and employees of some thirty-five different nationalities actively participating together at the many annual festivals as well as regular team building activities, family days, marathons, sporting activities and talent contests that take place each year. A robust training programme has been implemented that helps the company to achieve the highest standards of performance, expertise and service levels whilst also supporting its employees to fulfil their career goals. With a transparent grading structure, annual salary review and an excellent reward scheme for every employee, the Group has been able to maintain the highest levels of employee engagement and low turnover.
This ranking, released by Great Place to Work, a research, training and consultancy firm that recognises the best workplaces in the country with good workplace cultures, has listed its top picks in the private sector.
Securing the number one slot for the third consecutive year is logistics company DHL.
“Living by its core values, nurturing employee development, creating a fun work environment, being transparent, listening and acting on employee feedback and celebrating successes,” are the attributes that put it in the top order.
Next on the list is THE One, up from two spots from 2015 followed by Omnicom Media Group. In fourth place is first-time list maker Splash, while The Estee Lauder Companies came in fifth, climbing one spot from 2015.
Ranking from sixth to 10th place on the list were EMC, Weber Shandwick, Hilti Emirates, Hilton and FedEx respectively.
The Top Companies to Work For annual benchmarking study assesses the level of credibility, respect, fairness, pride and camaraderie within an organization.
Two-thirds of a company’s score is based on the confidential feedback of their employees while the remaining score is attained from an audit of management and HR practices.
The top companies were represented by a diverse number of industries including logistics, technology, finance, media, retail, hospitality, automotive, pharmaceutical and manufacturing.
Great Place to Work emphasises that the increased focus on workplace culture by UAE companies comes at critical time for the country.
“The next decade will mark the post-oil transformation of the UAE and the government has made clear the importance of developing, attracting and retaining the best talent to achieve sustainable growth,” says Maha Zaatari, Managing Director of Great Place to Work in the UAE.
“We need more companies contributing to this mission through cultures that nurture and develop their employees in terms of their capabilities and wellbeing,” Maha says.
“This focus on human capital has been proven to improve the happiness quotient of people and also make a significant contribution to helping the UAE realize its ambition to be the best country in which to live and work.”
2. THE One
3. Omnicom Media Group
5. The Estee Lauder Companies
7. Weber Shandwick
8. Hilti Emirates
9. Hilton Worldwide
11. WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
13. AstraZenea Gulf
14. Al Ghandi Auto Group
17. Eros Group
18. Apparel Group
20. UAE Exchange