Admiral Group, EE and TSB Bank among Best Big Companies to Work For in 2018


Admiral Group, EE, Explore Learning, EY and TSB Bank are among the organisations recognised in the Sunday Times’ 25 Best Big Companies to Work for 2018 list.

The Sunday Times’ Best Companies lists are based on the results of anonymous employee engagement surveys, which are designed to allow employees to comment on all facets of their working environment, relationships and organisational culture. The surveys cover eight aspects of workplace engagement: leadership; my company; personal growth; my team; my manager; wellbeing; fair deal; giving something back. The results are used to create a Best Companies Index score that is then used to rank organisations.

Telecommunications organisation EE topped the 25 Best Big Companies list, which includes organisations that have at least 3,000 full-time employees. Also featured on this year’s list are retail organisations Iceland Frozen Foods and Halfords, utility provider UK Power Networks and professional services organisation Deloitte.

Chess, Bishop Fleming, Innocent Drinks and Weight Watchers are among the organisations on the Top 100 Best Companies list, which includes businesses with at least 250 full-time employees.

The top 10 organisations on The 25 Best Big Companies 2018 list are:

  1. EE
  2. Explore Learning
  3. Admiral Group
  4. TSB Bank
  5. Marriott Hotels International
  6. Bourne Leisure
  7. Savers Health and Beauty
  8. Iceland Frozen Foods
  9. Halfords
  10. EY

The top 10 organisations on The Best 100 Mid Companies 2018 list are:

  1. Chess
  2. MVF
  3. Innocent Drinks
  4. Churchill Retirement Living
  5. Connect Catering
  6. Charter Court Financial Services
  7. The New World Trading Company
  8. Reassured
  9. UKFast
  10. First Response Finance

Steve Varley, UK chairman at EY, said: “To be named one of the UK’s Best Big Companies to Work for again is a fantastic achievement. It is recognition for our people who work hard every day, to create a positive environment where everyone can thrive. It also strengthens our focus on what we can do more of, to be the UK’s most inclusive and favoured employer, both now and in the future.”

Josie Mortimer, HR director at Weight Watchers UK, added: “Our employees are at the heart of everything we do and we aim to have a leading people culture at Weight Watchers, in our industry and beyond. The [organisation] continuously evolves its talent development strategies, as well as comprehensive health, wellbeing benefits and resources to meet [employees’] individual needs. It is also important that we provide opportunities to give support to one another as well as the communities where they live and work.”

Andrew Sandiford, managing partner at Bishop Fleming said: “We have always maintained a culture that is focused on our people. We ensure there is positive team culture with a family spirit, and our working environment ensures that every person has the opportunity to achieve his or her fullest potential. We invest heavily in personal training and development, and this enables us to deliver the best team for our clients’ needs.”