Top 10: Manufacturing companies to work for 2015
General Electric (GE) is a multinational conglomerate, headquartere...
1. GE, 4.2/5 average employee rating
General Electric (GE) is a multinational conglomerate, headquartered in Connecticut, USA. It has a diverse portfolio of products and services that span many markets worldwide and employs in the region of 307,000 employees.
The company scores highly for career progression, training and compensation, but also ticks all the boxes when it comes to environmental awareness, work / life balance and company culture.
Employee reviews of the company are littered with praise, citing technical excellence, teamwork, an emphasis on development and growth and a good support system as benefits of working for the company. GE has also been commended for its safe working environment and open lines of communications with upper management.
2. Jaguar Land Rover, 4.0/5 average employee rating
Jaguar Land Rover is a prestigious luxury British automaker headquartered in Coventry, UK. Individually, Jaguar and Land Rover are iconic brands – each with distinctive hallmarks, but together they form one business with a unique organisational approach. This approach is referred to at the company as the Jaguar Land Rover Way. “It sums up how we do business, wherever we do business. And it is something we all live and breathe every day,” says the company website.
The company scores highly across the board in areas including company culture, environmental awareness, compensation and career progression. JLR has been applauded for offering employees flexibility and the opportunity to work on different projects across the entire business – it also scored highly for overall enjoyment and job satisfaction.
3. Renishaw, 3.9/5 average employee rating
Renishaw is a British engineering company listed on the London Stock Exchange. The Renishaw culture is one that promotes innovation, progress and a desire to deliver exceptional customer support worldwide and the company is constantly striving to recruit and develop talented individuals.
Part of Renishaw’s ongoing success is due to its commitment to investing in the training and development of people. Employees have the opportunity to discuss their training needs, concerns and career ambitions and being an international company, career development may include the opportunity to work overseas.
4. Thales, 3.8/5 average employee rating
Thales Group is a French multinational company that designs and builds electrical systems and provides services for the aerospace, defence, transportation and security markets. The company scores particularly highly from an employment perspective in career progression, compensation and benefits and training. There are a number of graduate training schemes focusing on different areas of expertise throughout the business.
5. Rolls Royce, 4.0/5 average employee rating
Rolls Royce is a British multinational public holding company that, through its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures and distributes power systems. Rolls-Royce Holdings is headquartered in City of Westminster, London.
Again, Rolls Royce scored highly across the board, but excels in the areas of good colleagues, work / life balance and overall enjoyment. The company has also been praised for its flexible and varied graduate schemes, which allows students to partake in three-month placements inside different divisions of the business.
6. Siemens, 3.9/5 average employee rating
As the leading global engineering company, Siemens is behind a diverse range of technologies and services used in our everyday lives. The company designs and manufactures products and systems ranging from traffic lights and wind turbines, to rail systems and motor drives.
Siemens has been credited for providing excellent career progression opportunities and flexible working conditions. Its commitment to environmental awareness has also been cited as a huge positive by many of its current employees.
7. WSP Group, 3.7/5 average employee rating
WSP Global Inc. is a Canadian-based business providing management and consultancy services to the built and natural environment. It is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. With an overall score of 3.7 out of 5, the company has been credited for its commitment to employee development and continual training.
8. BAE Systems, 3.7/5 average employee rating
Being a global company and a well known brand, BAE Systems has been hailed with offering its employees exciting career opportunities across the globe, with scope to earn extremely competitive salaries. Its training, career progression opportunities and the fact that employees can take on a reasonable amount of responsibility early on in the career are all factors that have been cited as positives by employees.
9. Hilti GB Ltd., 4.0/5 average employee rating
Hilti provides leading-edge technology to the global construction industry. Hilti products, systems and services offer the construction professional innovative solutions with outstanding added value. The Hilti Group headquarters are in Schaan, Liechtenstein and has been credited for offering world-class training schemes to employees as well as being an environmental and sustainability advocate.
10. Philips UK, 4.3/5 average employee rating
Philips, headquartered in the Netherlands is a diversified technology company, focused on improving people's lives through meaningful innovation in the areas of healthcare, consumer lifestyle and lighting. Credited with excelling in the fields of environmental awareness, job satisfaction and continued career progression, Philips has been cited as a great company to work for.
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Founded in 1919 in France, L’Oréal has grown into a multinational brand with over 82,000 employees, becoming one of the most internationally recognised FMCG companies worldwide.
Registering 498 patents in 2017, the business is focused on innovation and developing strong relationships with suppliers and partners. 100% of its strategically important suppliers will also take part in its sustainable development programme in 2020.
9. Phillip Morris
Despite various campaigns, over a billion people are set to smoke in 2025. Multinational FMCG company, Philip Morris remains a leading tobacco company, expanding its footprint into more than 180 key markets.
With 81,000 employees covering 80 languages in total, the company houses a comprehensive, agricultural supply chain; sourcing 400,000 metric tonnes of tobacco each year in partnership with 350,000+ tobacco farmers. The company has also sought to embrace the manufacture of electronic devices for heated tobacco products and e‑cigarettes.
Launched in the 1950s, global Brazilian food industry leader JBS is now home to 300 production facilities with over 10 billion-dollar brands under its umbrella., such as Seara, Swift, Friboi, Doriana, Moy Park, Pilgrim’s, Primo and more.
Serving more than 300,000 customers, it is the world’s largest company in the beef sector, with over 235,000 employees. Its Legal Supplier Programme has enabled beef suppliers to adapt to Brazil’s environmental legislation, whilst the Green Light Pact initiative has seen cattle breeding centres in Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil improve their production practices.
7. Coca Cola
Coca-Cola’s wide-ranging distribution network, strong portfolio and exceptional marketing capabilities have made it one of the most iconic FMCG companies in the world.
Available in over 200 countries, its products are supplied through one of the world’s largest beverage distribution networks, where suppliers must adhere to its Sustainable Agriculture Guiding Principles (SAGP) and Supplier Engagement Program.
Adopting SmartLabel technology across its manufacturing operations, the business is also leading the way in the identification, implementation and sharing of best practices. Each product now houses a QR code, providing complete transparency. The company is also looking to reduce the emissions from its production processes, where 42% of energy used at its sites is sourced from renewable energy sources.
Originally established by combining three big companies: Interbrew, Ambev and Anheuser-Busch, Belgian-Brazilian beverage company AB InBev is officially the world’s largest beverage business.
Selling over 500 beer brands, such as Budweiser, Corona, Leffe and Quilmes in more than 100 countries, the company is acutely aware of its need to frequently adapt and enhance its distribution network.
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Partnering with nearly 50,000 farmers, the business is committed to sustainable sourcing, where its flagship platform, SmartBarley has utilised data analytics to support more than 5,000 enrolled farmers improve their productivity and environmental performance. AI and blockchain will also support its manufacturing capabilities.
Housing some of the most recognisable everyday brands, Unilever’s aggressive acquisition strategy and strong brand presence has seen it become a household name across 190 countries worldwide. Its R&D centres have sought to fully bolster its manufacturing operations and vast distribution network, where the business has maintained its zero non-hazardous waste-to- landfill agenda since 2017.
Additionally, a number of its initiatives have provided employment opportunities to those in rural areas. Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan (USLP) has enabled half of the company’s agricultural raw materials, such as palm oil to become sustainably sourced. Not only that, 26 sustainable living brands are now situated under the company’s umbrella.
The main rival to Coca-Cola, PepsiCo’s beverages, as well as its food products continue to grow in popularity and demand.
Harnessing significant brand awareness, the Fortune 500 company is one of the most admired companies in the world. Its six global divisions form part of its aim to transform its products which are delivered through its extensive distribution network to meet the ever-evolving needs of customers.
Following from its acquisition of personal care company Gillette in 2005, Procter & Gamble has become one the largest FMCG companies, with operations in up to 70 countries.
Providing a range of personal and consumer health products to five billion customers, the company’s recent plans to acquire the consumer health division of Merck Group, as well as implementing a new simplified management structure will form part of its 2020 vision.
2. Johnson & Johnson
A firm family favourite, Johnson & Johnson remains one of the most influential FMCG companies. With products in three categories, Consumer Healthcare, Medical Devices and Pharmaceuticals, the business has grown at a considerate pace, with up to 250 subsidiaries under its umbrella.
The company’s complex, global distribution network and diverse supplier base has seen the business embrace new technologies across its network, as it continues to thrive in its role in delivering quality products and services at affordable prices for consumers.
1. Nestle AG
Undertaking a number of corporate acquisitions, Swiss food and beverage company, Nestle has become the largest in the world, with more than 2000 brands available in 189 countries.
Home to the world’s largest private food and nutrition research organisation, the company invested US$1.7bn in its research capabilities in 2017 alone, supporting its 30 R&D facilities worldwide. Its recent partnership with Starbucks will see the business bolster its complex distribution network.
Additionally, in alignment with UN Sustainable Development Goals, Nestle is striving for zero environmental impact across its operations. Providing clear labels across its manufacturing lines, the company provides nutritional knowledge as well as supporting local farmers who provide high quality ingredients within its sustainable sourcing efforts.