Top 25 Best Places To Work In The UK

Written by: Laura Chetcuti
Published on: 10 Dec 2015

Best Places To Work 2015

Glassdoor recently released their list of the Best Places to Work in the UK, as rated by the employees themselves, and the top 25 definitely has a few surprises on it! There’s good and bad in all lines of work and in every business, but we have put this article together to celebrate the good. Everyone wants to work in the best place possible don't they? We bring you the list of the Top 25 Best Places to Work in the UK:


1. Expedia


“What a refreshing company to work for!”

“Strong, friendly work culture. Work-life balance is seen as very important by all”



Miraculously, Expedia has managed to jump from No.25 in 2014 to No.1 in 2015. Boasting a fabulous score of 4.2/5, 88% of their employees would recommend the business to a friend and a staggering 96% approve of the CEO.

One employee was so impressed by the organisation that they couldn’t even think of 20 words to include against them saying: “I have to write twenty words in order to submit this form but I don't have any cons. Nineteen. Twenty.”

Jobs with Expedia


2. Hays plc

Hays plc

“Great Company To Work For”

“Hays is an amazing company to work for. It is a friendly environment, great for progression and opportunities for your career”

One employee who states they have worked for Hays plc in the UK comments: “Great training, from day 1 I have felt like I am running my own business with the support of a plc. Progression is there for anyone who wants it and I love that I have complete control over my pay - if I stay late I am rewarded.”

Jobs with Hays




“Appreciates its employees”

“Great projects, fun corporate events, nice touches like free fruit and snacks, top management, enjoyable work environment with on-site gym and training, awesome client list”

A former employee in their London office says: “Very dynamic company with a flat structure, where everyone helps each other succeed. Great bunch of people and a management team that recognise people and help them flourish, if they demonstrate aptitude and ambition. The people at AKQA always generate great ideas to help customers and also grow their market.”

Jobs with AKQA


4. GE


“Great Development, Challenging Roles”

“Training first class, challenging assignments, strong senior leadership with critical structure for finance, HR and EHS”

“GE has some of the most talented and knowledgeable individuals I've ever had the experience to work with. The training available across the company is first class and the opportunity to interact with really diverse areas.”

Jobs with GE


5. Schuh Limited


“Fun atmosphere great people”

“Good pay for a high street store”

A Sales Assistant in their Leeds store comments: “Their flexible, understanding leadership is brilliant. The work environment is comfortable, communication is flawless, fun to work at, the organised uniform is comfortable and staff are easy to talk to.”

Another employee comments: “Full of different types of people which is great, love working there cause of the people and the management as they are all so lovely! Good training and skills learnt from the job.”

Jobs with Schuh


6. Oxfam


“A valuable organisational culture”

A former colleague from Oxfordshire says: “with such a huge range of business and programme activities I'm amazed at how it operated together, and how everybody felt they had a stake in the success of the organisation. From top to bottom people were really committed to doing their best for the organisation.”

Jobs with Oxfam


7. ARM Holdings

ARM Holdings

“Very proud to work for ARM”

A Graduate Engineer from Sheffield remarks: “I'm treated like an intelligent and professional engineer. This does mean that being proactive is a necessity! Also, it definitely feels like my work is contributing to a real project. The workplace culture does change from office to office but it's generally quite relaxed and facilitating to work. Everybody is friendly, understanding and helpful.”

Jobs with ARM Holdings


8. Google


“Challenging, fun and rewarding”

This Senior Software Engineer from London delivers his pros: “Career-wise this is a great place to work - there are opportunities for anyone who is willing to build a reputation. The work itself, the smart people and the perks: a Japanese restaurant serving up Asian food every day for free!”

Jobs with Google


9. Unilever


“Great business, people focused.”

A Senior Demand Planner from their London office comments: “Great Benefits, Great Culture, and Great people. Work from home is nice and they do not track how many vacation days you take off. They trust the employee to do the right thing.”

Jobs with Unilever


10. London Underground


“Best Company Ever”

A current CSA employee in London says: “The salary is very good, great pensions and free travel on tube, buses, trams and London Overground and employee discounts on shopping and entertainment. There is also a discounted private healthcare package. TfL embrace diversity and employees are from a variety of backgrounds. It’s also good to see people from minority backgrounds and also women in senior management positions. My fellow CSA colleagues are mostly very friendly and helpful. Working with the public can be rewarding most of the time. TfL seems to now be realising people want part-time hours, which is great for those who can’t work full-time (parents, students etc) but want full-time wages.”

Marketing Jobs with TfL


11. PageGroup

Page Group

“A business and environment where you can be yourself...”

A current management employee in Reading could not say better things about the Page Group, remarking on Glassdoor: “A brilliantly driven business with an engaging and open senior leadership team, no ivory towers here and a business that career hungry, driven and talented individuals can thrive in. A rewarding environment where employees can earn good money and get the career recognition they deserve. Spending your working day with like-minded people all working towards the same goals.”

Jobs with PageGroup


12. EasyJet


“The best experience of my life”

A Human Resources employee in Luton reflects on their experience with EasyJet: “The energy and enthusiasm of the people - the people make easyJet! Without the people here representing the Values, and pushing through the Customer Charter, easyJet would not be as successful as it is. It's great being part of a successful business - being able to see the positive contribution we make to the success of the organisation.”

Marketing jobs with easyJet


13. Arup


“Great place to learn”

A current Marketing and Business Development Co-ordinator outlines this in their review on Glassdoor: “Arup values work-life balance and there seems to be a lot of trust to work from home if necessary, as well as flexibility with hours. The people make Arup a pleasant place to work, and there are never any silly questions. I have had the chance to work on some very interesting projects.”

Jobs with Arup


14. Amec Foster Wheeler

Amec Foster Wheeler

“A lot to praise”

A current employee in London details: “exciting engineering projects that push boundaries in terms of being 'world firsts'. Benefits and compensation are fair. Excellent employee engagement through the Performance & Development Review process that allows a chance for you to agree and set goals for the upcoming year with your manager - where both parties hold a degree of responsibility for realising these goals.”

Jobs with Amec Foster Wheeler


15. Royal Dutch Shell


“Top notch company”

“Great culture, smart but supportive and collaborative bunch of colleagues. Generally fair treatment of employees. Super transparent and open even in most sensitive topics. Good job security. Very meritocratic. Fantastic pension (bit less so for newcomers). A surprisingly low level of bureaucracy for its size”, says a mid-manager in London.

Jobs with Royal Dutch Shell


16. John Lewis

John Lewis

“Excellent Team Company”

A former Sales Assistant in Cardiff speaks for the rest of the team in this perfectly outlined testimonial: “Everyone has a set rota so you know when you will be working for years ahead. Really helps with planning social commitments! Some degree of flexible working, I was often able to work late one night if I needed to finish early the next day. Generous discount at 25% on non-electrical products - this could also be used on 20% off days. £250 a year to spend on leisure learning - this could be learning a musical instrument or even gym instruction. £50 a year for concert tickets. Loats of variety in store so there were always new challenges. Often had training days sway and could volunteer to help open new stores. Given a good degree of responsibility and freedom to develop yourself – no micro management here!”

Jobs with John Lewis


17. J.P.Morgan



“Great company to work for, great job security and environment”

A former Analyst for J.P.Morgan in London states: “In my opinion the strongest reason for JPMorgan Chase are the easy and fun down-to-earth colleagues and I had the impression that my team wanted me to learn and develop my skills even though I was just there for an interview. The culture seemed very open and relaxed, the work atmosphere always was enjoyable.”

Marketing jobs with J.P.Morgan


18. Cisco Systems


“Great workplace and superb people to work with!”

Former Help Desk Analyst in Reading says: “For the 17th year in a row, Cisco is among Fortune Magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For. Cisco is IT leader and a great multinational workplace full of highly skilled professionals. Cisco genuinely cares for the society and works towards the betterment and upbringing of the society, which is one of the best things I like about Cisco.”

Jobs with Cisco


19. Goldman Sachs

Goldman Sachs

“Dynamic and fast paced environment where one can develop...”

Vice President of Technology in London comments: “I work with some of the smartest people in the world. Everyone is 100% dedicated at GS. Additionally, the level of communication is outstanding with everyone knowing what's going on at any one time. We tend to have a lot of meetings which can be viewed as negative (analysis paralysis some might say), but I find it very helpful. Everyone gets involved in the approval process this way, and everyone's voice is heard.”

Jobs with Goldman Sachs


20. Credit Suisse

Credit Suisse

“Excellent working environment”

Investment Banking Associate in London says: “Credit Suisse is a great bulge bracket bank with a good reputation on the street. The vast majority of senior bankers have access to leading companies and junior bankers get a chance to work on front page transactions. Coverage groups also execute a lot of their own deals, so analysts and associates get good experience.”

Jobs with Credit Suisse


21. PwC


“Supportive and encouraging when it comes to development”

Client Administrator in London says: “PwC cares about their employees and goes above and beyond to look after them. There is a sense of family and the work is demanding so does not get boring.”

Marketing jobs with PwC



Yell logo

“Genuinely brilliant company to work for”

An employee in Reading delivers their positive review: “The people. People at Yell simply MAKE the business. My role has a huge variety and the senior management team have an open door policy and are not afraid of saying "thank you" for hard work. Yell continues to have a real work hard play hard ethic and have great recognition programmes. Equally, they are getting the right balance of communication now and are giving out some great messages on the growth of our business.”

Marketing jobs with Yell


23. Proctor & Gamble

Proctor & Gamble

“Great company to learn and work for.”

Senior Scientist at P&G comments: “P&G's purpose, values & principles - they guide what we do and how we do it. Very inspiring to know we are guided by a core set of principles. It also makes decision making easier. Good people - principle guided recruitment makes sure that we all have a sense for winning in common International environment - I work with people on 3 continents every day. Inspiring as well as challenging. You are bound to learn something new every day. Collaboration – everybody is willing to help.”

Jobs with Procter & Gamble


24. Kantar Worldpanel


“Focus on people and development”

An employee in London commented on Glassdoor last month: “The whole business from CEO down appear to be people focused and compared to other organisations in the market research industry this certainly seems to be backed up by actions. Learning and development are an important part of what they do, and the opportunities to work internationally are increasing, either on a short term or long term basis. Across the world over half the offices are covered by a Great Place to Work or Best Employers award so with that level of external recognition they must be doing something right.”

Marketing jobs with Kantar Worldpanel


25. Waitrose


“The best company!”

A Customer Service employee in Bristol leaves this lovely review of Waitrose: “The general working day is a pleasure. There's no sort of better than others feel as we are all partners and, therefore, all feel like a part of the business. We are like a big family and there are always people to talk to and are willing to help you. I can honestly say I don't see my shift as another day at work instead it's a day with another one of my families! I wouldn't swap my job here for the world.”

Jobs with Waitrose