You should want to go to your job. After all, it’s the place at which you spend 40 (and probably more) hours and even more time thinking about. Your job should reflect who you are and your passion should shine in your work. It’s very much a part of your life, but it also shouldn’t consume your life and disrupt your work/life balance. And it definitely shouldn’t be something that gives you the Sunday Scaries.
Luckily, there are companies that understand the value of a happy employee and advocate quality leadership, growth opportunities, or an office culture that embraces inclusivity, or all of the above. Also luckily, many of those companies are in London.
We’ve reviewed Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work, LinkedIn’s Top UK Companies 2018, The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For, and Great Place to Work’s World's Best Workplaces 2017 to identify the best companies to work for in London. Combined, these publications have evaluated thousands of employee responses and reviews. Each list rates overall satisfaction, growth opportunities, hiring opportunities, office culture, work/life balance, charitable initiatives, leadership approval, employee benefits, office perks, and salary. If you’re looking for a great career alongside great work/life balance and working environment, here are the best places to work in London.
Inclusive office culture
The alcoholic beverage giant has not forgotten about its employees as it continues to expand globally. Diageo promotes diversity and inclusivity efforts and women make up 40% of its Executive Committee.
Strong focus on skill development
Listed by both LinkedIn (#8) and Great Place to Work (#17), EY has been recognized for its innovative efforts to encourage employee development. Employees also have the ability to work remote, in-office, or at client spaces.
Inclusive office culture
The law firm boasts an inclusive office culture with women accounting for 52% of Kingsley Napley LLP’s partners. Employees get at least 25 days of paid leave and approve of the firm’s leadership.
MVF was the named the #2 company to work for in London by the Sunday Times. Employees enjoy a free trip to Ibiza, Portugal if they hit their company targets. The tech company also has a management development program to gain new skills.
Everyone wants to work at the tech giant, and we don’t blame them. London employees can expect great perks and a fun office space. Employees on Glassdoor are quite pleased with the generous benefits, too.
Paid time off
Asos employees like working for the company and enjoy discounts, five weeks of paid time off, and their birthday off. The company also helps pay for employee transportation.
Approval of leadership
The FinTech startup has grown considerably since being founded in 2010 and employees can enjoy the benefits of a small, but expanding, company. Employees are empowered to take on different projects and there are a lot of fun perks, including discounted lunch.
Hilti employees get bonuses directly for good work. Other perks include an award-winning training program and regular updates on what’s happening at the company. In 2016, they were among the top 100 for Millennials to work, according to Best Place to Work.
Lookers employees approve of their CEO and the company. Employee benefits include up to 35 days of paid leave and employee discounts, like gym memberships.
Getting a job at Amazon is not easy, but there’s a reason why a position at the tech giant is so coveted. Employee highlights include incredibly talented colleagues, health benefits, and stock options.
HSBC has multiple training programs for personal development. Employee benefits include pension, maternity leave, at least 25 days of annual leave, and bonuses.
Richemont brands include Cartier, Mont Blanc, and the recently acquired Net-A-Porter. New employees travel to the global headquarters in Switzerland for a two-day orientation.
Another innovative tech company in London, Facebook employees rave about the perks and benefits that come with working at one of the largest companies in the world. Employee benefits include free lunch, generous time off, and highly talented colleagues.
Much like in Washington, D.C., employees really enjoy working at Salesforce. Employee reviews mention the volunteer opportunities, inclusive office culture, and career development as great perks.
Wiser is a small company that’s attracting young talent to bring creative ideas to the recruiting industry. Employee benefits include an inclusive office culture that embraces diversity and regular feedback from management.
The company uses AI and facial recognition techniques to verify a person’s identity. Onfido has an impressive list of clients, secured millions in funding, and have several open roles. The company offers free language classes and “lunch and learns.”
The delivery startup became a unicorn in September 2017 after securing $385 million in funding leading to a valuation of $2 billion. Deliveroo employee benefits include an onsite gym and a rooftop garden.
The boutique online retailer is rapidly growing and has secured funding to expand its operations. Trouva touts an inclusive office culture where employees are empowered to solve problems.
Improbable is another recent London unicorn. The innovative startup has created a platform that’s being used to build virtual cities and worlds. Employee benefits include catered meals and a flexible remote work policy.
The FinTech unicorn was founded in 2015 and has already attracted two million customers. Revolut employee benefits include free dinners and autonomy to spearhead new initiatives.
Over 9,000 software engineer jobs were posted on Glassdoor within the last month. With tech giants and innovative startups, London is a great place for tech talent across all experience levels.