Google still a dream workplace: survey

Summary:Google has scored line honours in another top workplace survey, this time winning the title of "dream employer" in Australia and New Zealand ahead of other tech companies like Apple and Microsoft.

Google has scored line honours in another top workplace survey, this time winning the title of "dream employer" in Australia and New Zealand ahead of other tech companies like Apple and Microsoft.

Google swept the second annual Dream Employer's survey run by Insync Research and RedBalloon.com.au, which polled over 7000 respondents about where they want to work most, and why.

Six technology companies made it into the top 20 dream places to work behind Google, including Apple, Microsoft, Vodafone, NASA and Facebook.

The top 20 dream employers for 2011:

  1. Google
  2. Self-employed
  3. Virgin Group
  4. Qantas
  5. Apple
  6. Microsoft
  7. OMD
  8. Walt Disney Company
  9. BHP Billiton
  10. Getaway (TV show)
  11. United Nations
  12. Police Forces
  13. Vodafone
  14. NASA
  15. Rio Tinto
  16. Australian Departments of Defence
  17. Commonwealth Bank
  18. Cadbury
  19. Facebook
  20. Lonely Planet

The survey noted that despite high-profile technology failures from Virgin, Qantas and Vodafone, the companies still made the list.

"Vodafone's PR nemesis, Vodafail — a website detailing complaints about poor customer service and poor network coverage — did not knock Vodafone off the list. Steve Reid, General Manger HR, Specialists and Support Functions, Vodafone summed it up by saying, 'our people say it feels good to work here!'

"The airline industry has also received negative publicity in the past year, with computer meltdowns and engine failures. Nevertheless, both big airlines, Virgin and Qantas, still appear in the top five," the report said.

The survey added that people were choosing the top 20 companies based on pay, employee benefits, working conditions and work-life balance.

This survey is another coup for Google's credentials as an attractive workplace, which topped the BRW 50 best places to work list in 2009 and 2011.

Some former Google interns spoke about their experiences at the company with ZDNet Australia, saying that the facilities and work-life balance had attracted them to the role.

Topics: Apple, Google, IT Employment, Microsoft, Outage, Telcos

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