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What is a great Workplace ? 1. The Employee View :
Great workplaces are built through the day-to-day relationships that employees experience — not a checklist of programmes and benefits.
The key factor in common in these relationships is TRUST. From the Employee’s perspective, a great workplace is one where they: * TRUST the people they work for; * Have PRIDE in what they do; and * ENJOY the people they work with.

2. The Manager View :
From the Manager’s perspective, a great workplace is one where they: 3. ACHIEVE ORGANISATIONAL OBJECTIVES; 4. With employees who GIVE THEIR PERSONAL BEST; and 5. WORK TOGETHER AS A TEAM / FAMILY in an environment ofTRUST

4 things that makes companies great place to work for :
A strong positive culture, firmly grounded in a meaningful purpose. ’Culture’ has, too often, come to mean ‘perks.’ But while a ping-pong table in the break room and coupons for burgers are fun – they’re not the core of a great culture. What people are looking for is an environment that supports and rewards excellence, honesty, mutual support, and fair dealing; where people get great results and they’re treated well….and neither is optional. Truly strong cultures are supported from the C-suite on down: the employees report that their boss – and their boss’ boss, and so on – live by the espoused values. That’s when a culture comes alive. People also want to feel that their strong culture exists to support meaningful work. For example, Twitter, ranked second on Glassdoor’s list, has a sentence on the company website that says, “At Twitter, your work will be immediately felt by many millions of people around the globe.” That’s meaningful.
Real chances to grow professionally. Although great companies focus on providing substantive growth opportunities for their employees, this doesn’t necessarily mean ‘career pathing’ in the traditional sense. Good managers in excellent companies look for ways to match employees’ skills and passions with the organization’s needs. They do this through good old-fashioned observation and conversation. They observe what needs to get done at the company that’s not getting done, or not getting done well. They talk with other managers and leaders to find out about new initiatives or projects that might need people. They observe what the employee is good at doing. They converse with the employee to find out what he or she is interested in learning or doing, and how he or she would like to see his or her career unfold. Voila: a match.
The opportunity to work with people you like and respect. This one has both a universal and a personal aspect. The universal: excellent companies generally have a firm “no a**hole” rule. They don’t hire people who are dishonest, narcissistic, abusive, prejudiced, lazy, etc. Beyond that, “people you like and respect” is more individual. For instance, some companies tend to hire fun-loving, informal, uninhibited people. Other companies hire more serious, reserved, intellectual people. It’s important to know your own preferences – what sort of people you tend to resonate with - when looking to build or join a company. Let’s say, for example, you like late-night brainstorming sessions, far-ranging conversations about topics both personal and professional, and people who are willing to change course at a moment’s notice. If you go to work for a company where people like to play by the rules, enjoy working together during the day and going home at night, and tend to keep their work and private lives pretty separate…it could be a great company, but you still probably wouldn’t be happy there.
Work that requires you to stretch your brain and skills. Human beings are wired to overcome challenges; it’s a deep survival mechanism that has allowed us to successfully adapt to new environments again and again over the millenia. So it makes sense that we want this in our jobs, too: we like to figure things out, to get good at things, to crack codes and solve problems and make breakthroughs. Great companies don’t assume that people are slackers who just want to do the least possible to get by: they recognize and call upon this built-in human attraction to challenging work. An employee from Bain & Co., ranked first in Glassdoor’s survey, commented of his work at Bain, “There is rarely a boring day, much less a boring project.” Being consistently and fully engaged – that’s what almost all of us want.

How to make your Company a Great and Inspiring place to work?
1.Be a curious leader.
"Leaders of great workplaces don't just talk about what they want to see in the management ranks--they model it and keep practicing to get better at it every day with their own teams
2.Hire an HR team that means business.
Some HR teams are flimsy and have no influence on the executives, especially during times when rules, laws, or general violations are made. Flade, Harter, and Asplund found that the best-performing companies had HR employees who had a "gift for influencing, teaching, and holding executives accountable." Holding executives accountable is one of the most important factors--you don't want people flying up the ranks even though they are not qualified and quality managers. "HR experts teach leaders and managers to stretch and develop employees in accordance with their natural capabilities," the trio writes.

Some other key points:

1. Employee input. Allowing your employees to share their knowledge and suggestions keeps them engaged. 2. Employee empowerment. Allowing team members to make customers happy using their own discretion and common sense, for everything from greeting and welcoming customers to problem solving, can benefit your company. 3. Excellent communication between management and staff. 4. A sense of family among team members. 5. Giving employees the freedom to learn and grow. 6. A culture of continuous improvement. 7. Paying attention to employee recognition and appreciation and having a special way to recognize and honor good work. 8. Recognizing that laughter and fun on the job can make a difference in the way the job is done.

1. GOOGLE :
Google is an American multinational corporation specializing in Internet-related services and products. These include online advertising technologies, search, cloud computing, and software. Most of its profits are derived from AdWords, an online advertising service that places advertising near the list of search results.
Google was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin while they were Ph.D. students at Stanford University. Together they own about 14 percent of its shares but control 56 percent of the stockholder voting power through supervoting stock. They incorporated Google as a privately held company on September 4, 1998. An initial public offering followed on August 19, 2004. Its mission statement from the outset was "to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful, and its unofficial slogan was "Don't be evil. In 2004, Google moved to its new headquarters in Mountain View, California, nicknamed the Googleplex.

The company is not just known for its innovative breakthroughs in the technology front, but is also known for its unique culture and innovative human resources (HR) policies. In a survey conducted by BusinessWeek magazine, Google was the most sought after company by college students, MBAs, women, engineers, and diverse individuals. Google ranked 1st on the 10th annual '100 Best Companies to Work For' list of Fortune, a well-known international business magazine. HR practices at Google is named 'People Operations', which is designed to underline the fact that it is not a mere administrative function, but ensures the building of a strong employee-employer relationship. Google's HR practices clearly reveal the impressive results of the company's approach, which help in increasing employee productivity. The case facilitates discussion on whether the 'Best Place to Work For' culture at Google is to really attract and motivate the employees or if it is with a business motive. The pedagogical objectives are: (1) to analyse how employees help a company in differentiating itself from its competitors in knowledge-based industries; (2) to analyse how companies attract the best-knowledge workers and retain employees in a competitive environment; (3) to analyse the innovative HR practices and the 'Best Place to Work For' culture at Google; and (4) to analyse the future implications of Google's HR practices in the long run.

* No. 1 in search world wide * No. 2 in smartphone operating system sales (Android) * No. 2 on the Fortune most admired firms list * No. 3 on Fast Company’s most innovative companies * No. 3 among the world’s strongest product brands * Listed in the BusinessWeek top 50 performing firms * Its amazing Larry Page was ranked No. 4 among CEOs by glassdoor.com

2.SAS :
SAS Institute (or SAS, pronounced "sass") is an American developer of analytics software based in Cary, North Carolina. SAS develops and markets a suite of analytics software (also called SAS), which helps manage, access, analyze and report on data to aid in decision-making. The company is the world's largest privately held software business. and its software is used by most of the Fortune 500.

SAS Institute started as a project at North Carolina State University to create a "statistical analysis software" that was originally used primarily by agricultural departments at universities in the late 1960s. It became an independent, private business led by current CEO James Goodnight and three other project leaders from the university in 1976. SAS grew from $10 million in revenues in 1980 to $1.1 billion by 2000. A larger proportion of these revenues are spent on research and development than at most other software companies, at one point more than double the industry average.

SAS is well known for its workplace culture. The company was used as a model for workplace perks at Google and is taught as a case study in management seminars atStanford. SAS has been identified as a "Best Company to Work For" in Fortune's annual rankings each year since the list's inception in 1997. It is also regularly inWorking Mother Magazine's "100 Best Companies for Working Mothers" list.

SAS offers on-site day care services to its employees for 850 children for about a third of the normal cost. Medical services are provided to employees and their families for free and 80% of the cost is covered for specialists. Employees are encouraged to work 35-hour weeks and have free access to a recreation and fitness center as well as life counseling services.] It also hosts a summer camp for children and operates on-site cafeterias and cafes. 22.5 tons of M&Ms are provided each year, in jars that are re-filled every Wednesday. Similar amenities are provided at its other offices besides its headquarters.

SAS has a limited corporate hierarchy and an egalitarian culture. There are no special offices, reserved parking or special eating areas for executives. As the company grew it created new divisions, instead of layers of management, creating a flat, simple organizational structure. According to professor Jeffrey Pfeffer from Stanford, there are only three levels in the organization and CEO Jim Goodnight has 27 people who directly report to him. The organizational structure is fluid and employees can change roles rapidly.
Managers are involved in the day-to-day work with their employees. Employees are given a large extent of autonomy and developers are encouraged to pursue experimental product ideas. Input from customers guides the company's marketing and software development. According to SAS, 80 percent of suggestions for product improvements are incorporated into the software. The dress code is informal. According to Fast Company, employees describe the environment as "relaxed."
Employees are encouraged to do volunteer work and the company makes donation to non-profits where employees are involved. The company primarily focuses its philanthropic efforts on improving education. It funds pilot programs for new education models, donates laptops and provides free online software for classrooms called Curriculum Pathways.

3.BOSTON CONSULTING GROUP (BCG) :

The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) is a global management consulting firm with 87 offices in 45 countries. It is one of the Big Three management consulting firms. The firm advises clients in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors around the world, including more than two-thirds of the Fortune 500.[2] Considered one of the most prestigious management consulting firms,[3] BCG was ranked third in Fortune's "100 Best Companies to Work For" in 2014.

WHY its one of the best place to work for :

FUN AND CELEBRATIONS * Employees get together for firm-wide events like BCG's 50th anniversary, along with office events, case team events and celebrating personal and team achievements. In the past, employees have gotten together for team dinners, paintball events and more.
CARING AND SUPPORT * Employees support one another through times of need. For instance, after the death of an extended family member, a local BCG office showed support by sending flowers and making donations on behalf of the deceased. In addition, the office arranged for meals to be delivered and offered house cleaning services to help their fellow colleague.
PERKS TO MAKE LIFE EASIER * Free snacks during the day * Free breakfast foods on a regular, daily basis * Discount ticket sales | * Free beverages during the day * Onsite package/mailing service * Weight Watchers meetings |
WORK-LIFE BALANCE BY THE NUMBERS 26 daysHolidays & vacation days after one year of employment | 40 daysPaid leave for adoptive parents |
WORK-LIFE BALANCE PROGRAMS * Paid sabbaticals * Flexible schedule (90% use it) * Job sharing (1% use it) * Phased retirement planning * Elder care resources | * Unpaid sabbaticals * Telecommute option (15% use it) * Compressed work weeks (1% use it) * Lactation rooms |

HEALTH INSURANCE COVERS * Dental care * Prescription drug subsidy * Alternative treatments, such as acupuncture, homeopathy or chiropractic | * Vision care * Mental health care * Fertility treatments |
ONSITE HEALTH BENEFITS * Breast cancer screening * Skin cancer screening * Blood pressure screening * Complete biometric screening | * Prostate cancer screening * Cholesterol tests * Flu shots |

4. BAIN AND COMPANY :
Bain & Company is one of the world's leading consulting firms with offices in 50 cities. We work with top executives - across all industries and geographies - to analyze, create and deliver sustainable solutions that help shape the world we live in.

Bain is a career accelerator that employs, mentors and supports the very best people to work for us. A career with Bain & Company is truly the best of all worlds.

Websitewww.bain.com

HeadquartersBoston, MA

Size5000+ Employees

Founded1973

TypeCompany - Private

IndustryBusiness Services

CompetitorsMcKinsey & Company, Boston Consulting Group, Booz & Company

Bain & Company Awards & Accolades

Employees’ Choice - 50 Best Places to Work (#1), Glassdoor, 2014
Best Firms to Work For (#1), Consulting Magazine, 2013
Best Consulting Internship, Vault, 2015
Best Overall Internships, Vault, 2015
Best Companies For LGBT Employees - #1, Glassdoor, 2014

Career Development
Bain provides the best practical experience in our industry given our focus on results. We are delivering on our commitment to provide the best-integrated business experience—that of a CEO’s perspective. Bain consultants are known for solving the toughest business problems, acting decisively to deliver change, and making a personal impact on the clients they serve. We maintain a differentiated investment in training with each member of our team in a global training program every 12 to 18 months, trained by our best managers and partners in small team-based settings. A further pledge to local training and apprenticeship forms the core of our commitment. Our people also value interactive staffing which allows them to communicate their interests and prioritize their professional and personal development goals.

Finally, our people have the opportunity to augment their client work to maximize their career learning. Our people tailor their professional development goals by rotating into our market-leading private equity group, transferring to one of our global offices, spending time applying our results-focused principles in a non- profit or other organization via an externship, or taking on a meaningful internal leadership role to positively influence the future of our firm. It is this full and diverse spectrum of learning opportunities at Bain that makes it the best career development platform in the industry.

Culture
It is hard to put a single label on the Bain culture—it is a powerful combination of extraordinary people, applied passion and exceptional results. Our nearly 5,000 staff worldwide are the engine that drives our culture and all of its innovations. Our culture can be seen and felt when working on a client growth strategy, helping a colleague five time zones away, mentoring local school children, transforming a non profit organization’s local impact, competing in Bain’s World Cup, or simply playing (or singing!) in the Bain Band. These all reflect Bain’s culture and display the spark for fun and impact that makes this place so special.

You also see a lot of our culture in Bain Cares, our community and social sector activities. From our heritage of local pro bono efforts to innovating and launching The Bridgespan Group (today’s leading consulting firm to the non profit sector) to our globally coordinated Bain Cares efforts to deliver community and NGO impact, we have always found ways to positively impact our communities and the world around us. There is simply no one firm doing more for the social sector than Bain and our affiliates. Our contributions in this sector both reflect and reinforce our unique culture of impact.

Work/life Balance
We’ve learned over the years that work/life balance is defined by the individual—it means different things to different people at different times in their lives. So above all we are mindful and flexible about how individuals make an impact while defining a path that works for them. At Bain, we are committed to helping our employees achieve a healthy, sustainable balance in their lives. For this reason, we offer a number of programs and benefits that enable employees to take advantage of both short and long-term flexible work arrangements as their needs evolve throughout their Bain careers.

Bain has been a leader in creating flexible work and job models to support both the personal and career needs of all our employees. We have designed our active flex programs, job models, and client engagement models to align with life stages and needs. We pioneered a robust part-time program in the mid-1980s—a program that remains popular today. We innovated with a “Take Two” program allowing our staff to take an extended two-month leave to fulfill personal goals. We are proud to have both men and women taking advantage of the many programs we offer around the globe.

5. QUICKEN LOANS :
Detroit-based Quicken Loans Inc. is the nation’s largest online home lender and the country’s fourth largest retail home mortgage lender. The company closed a record $80 billion of volume across all 50 states in 2013. Quicken Loans generates loan production from web centers located in Detroit, Cleveland and Scottsdale, Arizona. The company also operates a centralized loan processing facility in Detroit, as well as its San Diego-based One Reverse Mortgage unit. Quicken Loans ranked #1 in customer satisfaction among all home mortgage lenders in the United States by J.D. Power for four consecutive years in 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010.
Quicken Loans was named among the top-30 companies on FORTUNE magazine’s annual “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for the last 11 consecutive years. It ranked in the top-15 of Computerworld magazine’s “100 Best Places to Work In Technology” for the past nine years, ranking #1 in 2013
WHY it’s the best place to work for :
MEDICAL PLANS

We offer two amazing benefit plans for you, your family and your same-sex domestic partner, which start on your very first day of employment. You can choose between a preferred-provider organization (PPO) plan and a health savings account (HSA) plan from either Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan or Medical Mutual of Ohio, depending on where you live. Both plans offer national coverage with no need for referrals. To make medical care inexpensive for you and your family, we keep your per-paycheck contribution minimal, and we limit out-of-pocket expenses with low co-pays and low deductibles.

HEALTH AND DEPENDENT CARE FLEX SPENDING ACCOUNTS

Use pre-tax dollars for your health and dependent care expenses by enrolling in one or both of our flexible spending accounts. Dependent care accounts have a bi-weekly company match up to $24!

HEALTH AND DEPENDENT CARE FLEX SPENDING ACCOUNTS

Our MetLife Dental Plan allows you to receive an exam, x-rays and two cleanings each year at no cost to you! If you need additional dental work, the plan pays up to $3,000 annually. We even offer orthodontic coverage for the whole family, up to $2,500 per individual!

Heritage Vision Plan

Vision Plan—Provided by Heritage Vision
For a few dollars each month, you and your family can have the some of the best vision insurance to keep your eyes healthy! VISION BENEFITS | IN-NETWORK SERVICES | Routine Eye Exam | $10 co-pay/100% coverage1 time per calendar year | Contact Lenses & Lenses | Receive up to $200/year for each | Frames | Receive up to $180/year | Computer Glasses | Receive up to $120/year | Lasik or Laser Surgery | Up to $250/eye |

SHORT AND LONG-TERM DISABILITY INSURANCE

We’ll cover you if any medical emergencies arise. You’ll get Short and Long-Term Disability Insurance without having to pay any premiums.

BASIC LIFE AND ACCIDENTAL DEATH AND DISMEMBERMENT INSURANCE

We’re here to make sure your family is covered should anything happen. We provide Basic Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance at no cost to you.

401 K PLAN

Quicken Loans offers a comprehensive, industry-leading 401(k) plan through Fidelity Investments. We offer atraditional (pre-tax) and a Roth (post-tax) option. Both are eligible for the company match of $0.50 for every dollar, up to $2,500 per year! You can also choose from 35 investment options, including Fidelity Freedom Funds.

PAID TIME OFF TO VOLUNTEER

It can be hard to get out there and volunteer when you have a full-time job. That’s why we offer paid time off for team members who get out there and make us proud. We’re community leaders, and we value team members who help us give back to the cities we live, work and play in.

11 PAID HOLIDAYS PER CALENDAR YEAR

We hope you’ll love work, but we know you have a life too! In your first year, you’ll accrue up to two weeks of vacation. You’ll also get seven paid company holidays and four floating holidays.

TUITION ASSISTANCE

Full-time team members can get up to $5,000 per year, and part-time team members can get up to $2,500 per year. That’s free money! For you!

QUICKEN LOANS FAMILY OF COMPANIES PERKS

Our team members have access to scores of perks that go beyond medical and dental plans. The grass really is greener over here!

PET INSURANCE

Did you know that the projected cost of vet bills is estimated to be $2,000–$6,000 during your pet’s life? We offer MetLife VPI policies starting around $8 per pay period!

TUITION REIMBURSEMENT

Interested in going back to school? We reward our team members for continuing their education by providing tuition reimbursement. You may be eligible for up to $5,000 per year as a full-time team member, or $2,500 per year if you work here part-time.

FAMILY OF COMPANIES DISCOUNTS

Need a mortgage? Quicken Loans can help you. Looking to dress up blank walls? Fathead has you (or your walls, rather) covered. Need help figuring out where to put that Fathead? Well, you get a discount through Doodle Home, an Internet-based design company. We proudly offer discounts and perks on everything from computers to entertainment, travel and restaurants. As a Quicken Loans Family of Companies team member, you can access perks from over 300 different companies!

FREE SECURE PARKING AND SNACKS

We want you to be happy, and being happy means being well-fed (in our opinion). Enjoy free cappuccinos, slushies, popcorn and other tasty tidbits all day every day in all locations. And if that’s not enough, we’ll keep your car safe and sound (for free) while you’re at work doin’ your thing!

ON-SITE AMENITIES (DETROIT LOCATIONS ONLY)

We bet you could live here if you wanted to. And we bet you’ll want to when you see the on-site childcare, fitness center, café, massage therapist, physical therapist, family doctor, salon, eye doctor and chiropractor.

FREE EDUCATIONAL SEMINARS
Fact: Working here makes you smart. Or maybe you are smart for wanting to work here. Whatever the case, our smart team members have access to an array of health and financial seminars.

FREE WELLNESS PROGRAMS

Wellness is a key focus in our workplace. Our wellness programs provide encouragement for our team members to stay healthy now and in the future. We also offer yoga and Zumba classes during the week!

Advantages : insurance, Health & Wellness * Health Insurance * Dental Insurance * Flexible Spending Account (FSA) * Vision Insurance * Health Savings Account (HSA) * Life Insurance * Supplemental Life Insurance * Disability Insurance * Occupation Accident Insurance * Health Care On-Site * Mental Health Care * Retiree Health & Medical * Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance
Financial & Retirement * Pension Plan * 401K Plan * Retirement Plan * Employee Stock Purchase Plan * Performance Bonus * Stock Options * Equity Incentive Plan * Supplemental Workers' Compensation * Charitable Gift Matching
Family & Parenting * Maternity & Paternity Leave * Work From Home * Fertility Assistance * Dependent Care * Adoption Assistance * Childcare * Reduced or Flexible Hours * Military Leave * Family Medical Leave * Unpaid Extended Leave
Vacation & Time Off * Vacation & Paid Time Off * Sick Days * Paid Holidays * Volunteer Time Off * Sabbatical * Bereavement Leave
Perks & Discounts * Employee Discount * Free Lunch or Snacks * Employee Assistance Program * Gym Membership * Commuter Checks & Assistance * Pet Friendly Workplace * Mobile Phone Discount * Company Car * Company Social Events * Travel Concierge * Legal Assistance
Professional Support * Diversity Program * Job Training * Professional Development * Apprenticeship Program * Tuition Assistance

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