Top 10 firms to work for in Singapore revealed: Study

If you want to work for a company that has a great workplace culture, then the IT industry would be the place to look for a job.

According to global consultancy Great Place to Work Institute, tech and software companies make up seven out of the 10 best companies to work for in Singapore.

Cloud computing giant Salesforce topped the list for the second straight year, finishing ahead of tech company Cisco and Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG).

Two companies, Royal Plaza on Scotts and Tableau Asia Pacific, made the list for the first time.

The 10 best companies to work for in Singapore in 2016 are:

1. Salesforce

2. Cisco

3. InterContinental Hotels Group

4. Abbvie

5. SAP

6. Royal Plaza on Scotts

7. Autodesk Asia

8. Dell EMC

9. Tableau Asia Pacific

10. NetApp Singapore

The ranking recognises the best firms in Singapore which have a great workplace culture. It was derived from the results of two separate surveys of over 11,000 employees.

Three organisations were also given the Watch Out World Awards for having a progressive workplace culture. They are Dymon Asia Capital, Hitachi Data Systems and National Instruments Singapore.

Great Place to Work found that the differentiating factor for the 10 best companies is how leaders humanise their workplaces.

"Other than being competent in leading the organisation, leaders from the best companies treat employees as individuals, not as economic commodities," the Institute said.

It added that the best companies spent as much as 131 hours - or over half a month - per year on developing and training each of their employees.

This year's study also affirmed that companies which have a strong people-focus tend to perform better, with the 10 best companies successfully growing their revenue by as much as 21 per cent, despite the challenging economic environment.

Ms Evelyn Kwek, managing director of the Great Place to Work Institute Singapore, said: "As Singapore continues to embrace the rise of digital and disruptive technologies, it is important to keep a focus on our people, to derive the best out of the driving force of the nation."