COMPUTER GIANT DELL has been ranked as the best company to work for that has a presence in Ireland, according to jobs website Indeed.
Department store chain Debenhams took the number two spot, with poverty charity Oxfam at number three. US tech firm Apple and UK catalogue retailer Argos rounded out the fourth and fifth spots, respectively.
The findings were based on employee reviews submitted to Indeed. The findings were only based on the Irish reviews that large companies received.
While large multinational companies got thousands of global reviews, a smaller number of those were counted for the Irish ranking.
For example, Dell of the nearly 4,400 reviews that Dell received, just under 100 of these were listed as being ‘located’ in Ireland. Bank of Ireland, one of the biggest businesses in the country with thousands of Irish workers, was ranked at 22 with 90 reviews.
Penneys, which was evaluated separately to its UK parent Primark, was the highest ranked Irish company at tenth place with 62 reviews.
Indeed said that the companies that did feature strongly tended to offer offer their employees “competitive salaries, generous perks and good opportunities for career progression”.
The jobs website also said that the retailers that received positive reviews tended to provide employees with “flexible working arrangements and good opportunities for training”.
Indeed senior vice-president for marketing Paul D’Arcy said that while factors like salary are important, “increasingly we see that the modern workforce optimises for happiness”.
“Offering part-time and flexible hours, or even remote working, helps staff to achieve a better work-life balance,” he said.
“Tech employers famously invest heavily in flexible work arrangements, often giving them the competitive edge in attracting highly sought after talent.
“A positive company environment and good management (were seen as) as key factors in making a company a great place to work.”
Marie Moynihan, senior vice-president of global talent acquisition at Dell, said that the company was “delighted…to have been recognised as the best company to work for in Ireland by Indeed”.
This article was updated to clarify that only Irish employee reviews were used by Indeed to formulate the Irish rankings.