Anglian Water topped the list of best firms to be employed by following anonymous feedback from staff who praised the “positive culture” at the company. Winning companies on the list, compiled by jobsite Glassdoor, offered flexible working, a relaxed, friendly atmosphere and investment in training. Employees said of Anglian Water: “The workforce is clearly proud, passionate and really cares about the work they do, which results in a really positive culture and working environment. “A company truly dedicated to putting customers at the heart of everything it does, with a strong focus on employee engagement.”

Anglian Water came at number 1 on the list for the first time with a rating of 4.5.

Other firms praised by its staff included management consultants Bain & Company, said to have a “fantastic culture”.

While XPO Logistics was ranked for a positive environment where “everyone helps each other to achieve success”.

Social enterprise firm Bromford was singled out for letting “opinions matter”.

Andrew Chamberlain of Glassdoor, said: “In today’s tight labour market, jobseekers are in the driver’s seat when it comes to deciding where to work and they want to know the inner workings of a company before accepting a new job.

“For employers, we know that a satisfied and engaged workforce helps drive financial performance.

“Glassdoor best places to work winners are strategically investing in company culture, career growth opportunities and more, which also serves as a major recruiting advantage.”

Google, Ikea, InterContinental Hotels, Shell, O2 and Wagamama were also named in a list of the 50 best places to work.

Google, JP Morgan and PwC are the only three brands to make the UK list every year.

TOP 50 BEST PLACES TO WORK IN THE UK

1. Anglian Water
2. Bain & Company
3. XPO Logistics
4. Bromford
5. Salesforce
6. Sky Betting & Gaming
7. Hiscox
8. SAP
9. Taylor Wimpey
10. Royal London
11. Microsoft
12. Gartner
13. Google
14. Sytner
15. Capital One
16. IKEA
17. Arnold Clark
18. HomeServe UK
19. Nando’s UK
20. AppDynamics
21. Metro Bank
22. Arcadis
23. InterContinental Hotels Group
24. Screwfix
25. Civica

26. Shell
27. GlaxoSmithKline
28. REED
29. O2
30. JPMorgan
31. Diageo
32. Peninsula
33. Dunelm
34. Arup
35. Direct Line Group
36. Goldman Sachs
37. Cisco Systems
38. BBC
39. Rolls-Royce
40. First Utility
41. Wagamama
42. easyJet
43. Apple
44. Severn Trent
45. PwC
46. Siemens
47. Helping Hands Home Care
48. Accenture
49. Hilton
50. Alexander Mann Solutions

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