Barely weeks after being crowned a winner at the regional competition “Best Employers in Berlin-Brandenburg 2017”, we can already celebrate the next award: Great Place to Work, BITKOM and Computerwoche have named us among the best employers in Germany within the information and communications technology sector.
Now in its fifth edition, the competition honors ICT companies for their particularly high quality and attractiveness as an employer, and the winners were announced at this month’s CeBIT event. Among those honored in the third class size (101–500 employees) was The unbelievable Machine Company. The nationwide competition was once again initiated by the research and consultancy institute Great Place to Work, the digital association Bitkom and the trade journal Computerwoche.
As in previous years, many ICT companies of all sizes volunteered to be evaluated independently by their own employees. All companies – *um included – had previously been honored in their respective regions.
The assessment process was the same as in the regional competitions: Representative employee surveys on workplace quality and employer attractiveness, as well as a management survey regarding beneficial HR measures. The employee feedback accounted for two thirds of the total score. Central topics of the survey included:
- trust and fairness when collaborating
- personal recognition and appreciation
- team spirit and participation
- career support and development
- work-life balance
For a company to be honored it required a score at least 30 to 40 percent above the sector average, as well as around 80 percent of its employees testifying that it has a particularly good and attractive workplace culture. *um comfortably made the grade:
99% commended our friendly working atmosphere and feel welcome
90% commended our team spirit
84% commended our fairness
84% called *um a very good workplace
It goes without saying that we are extremely happy about being named “Best ICT Employer” and “Best Employer in Berlin and Brandenburg”. Both honors – and, more significantly, the positive feedback from our employees – give us a real incentive to maintain our high standards in the future.