Top 5 Local Companies Singaporeans Aspire to Work For

May 26, 20178:30 am2194 views
Top 5 Local Companies Singaporeans Aspire to Work For
(From L-R): Procter & Gamber, Changi Airport Group, Chew Siew Mee (’s Country Sales Manager of Singapore), DBS Bank, Capita Land. (From back left), Exxon Mobil, Facebook, ST Engineering and others)

Which local companies do Singaporean employees want to work for?, through its annual “Top Companies of the Year” survey, has the answer. They are, in order of ranking as below:

  1. Singapore Airlines
  2. Changi Airport Group
  3. DBS Bank
  4. CapitaLand and
  5. Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd.
Jason Villanueva Manager, Organisation Development receives the award for Singapore Airline ranking at No.1

Jason Villanueva Manager, Organisation Development receives the award for Singapore Airline ranking at No.1

Curated   from’s   annual   Top   Companies   Survey   wherein   over   1,200 Singaporeans participated, the above companies were recognized at’s Top Companies Awards 2017, alongside the Top 10 Companies that Singaporeans want to work for:

  1. Google
  2. Facebook
  3. Apple
  4. Singapore Airlines
  5. Microsoft
  6. Shell
  7. Changi Airport Group
  8. ExxonMobil
  9. Procter & Gamble
  10. IBM

Facebook  moved  up  two  notches  from  last  year’s  rankings  to  second. The company focuses on the strengths of its employees, based on what they love doing, what they are great at, and what Facebook needs.  For instance, a few initiatives are put in place to emphasise work-life integration such as Health@Challenge, “bring your family to work” day and pivot career conversations.

The company also encourages flexible work scheduling which  lets  employees  adjust  their  work  hours  or  days, according to  their  personal  priorities whenever  reasonable. Its unique builder culture and management approach also help to push  the boundaries  for  positive  change,  where  employees  regularly  gather  to “hack”  problems, create new ideas and continuously improve the products they are building,” says Sarita Peng, Head of Staffing, APAC, Facebook.

As one of the leaders in Singapore’s energy industry, Shell has progressive policies in place to create an inclusive workplace and demonstrate care for its employees and their families. Recognising that every young family has different needs, Shell’s flexi-working scheme provides a range of options (e.g. flexible hours, compressed workweeks, part-time work and job sharing) to help working mothers re-integrate back to work-life after their maternity leave.

Yeo  Li  Tiang  and Wang  Chang  Ching  are  among  employees  at  Shell  who  have  benefitted from  flexible  work  arrangements.  Both of them are young mothers.  After  taking  sabbatical leave  and  a  career  break  to  care  for  their  families, Li  Tiang  and  Chang  Ching  have  since returned  to  Shell  as  Regional  Finance  Managers  on  a  job-share  arrangement,  that  they proposed and customised themselves.

This arrangement has worked out well for them and Shell for the last three years.  Li Tiang attributes one of the success factors to the values of trust, respect and inclusiveness, which are deeply rooted in Shell’s work culture.

“In recent years, we also see more and more local companies put in extra efforts to develop and further strengthen their human resource strategies.  Therefore,  we  are  excited  to recognize  and  award  top  local  companies  for  their  efforts  to  build  exemplary  workplaces. More  than  just  a  job  search  portal,  recognises  its  role  in  solving  human resource  challenges,  and  wants  to  help  talents  find  jobs that  make  them  happy.  Our insightful  surveys  and  innovative  job  search  systems  also  help  companies  review  their corporate  cultures  and  streamline  their  recruitment  operations,”    says  Ms. Chew Siew Mee, Country Sales Manager for Singapore.

See: Singapore’s Top 75 Attractive Employer Brands in 2017

Singapore Airlines is a preferred choice of employer should come as no surprise. It is the  world’s  most  awarded  airline, and  the  brand  is  synonymous  with  excellence. Also,  in  a Skytrax  survey  published  in  2016,  the  airline  was  named the  best  in  Asia.

Another organisation of world-class reputation is Changi Airport Group. Singapore’s national pride and joy, Changi Airport was named the world’s best airport at the 2017 World Airport Awards for the fifth time.

“As  an  employer,  we  are  committed  to  keep  our  employees  motivated  and  engaged.  We focus on  offering  opportunities for  growth,  meaningful  work,  as  well  as  creating  a  sense  of pride and belonging,” says Justina Tan, Managing Director, People, Changi Airport Group.

Eileen Oh, Associate Director, People Services, Changi Airport collects the award for the airport ranked at No.2

Eileen Oh, Associate Director, People Services, Changi Airport collects the award for the airport ranked at No.2

As  Euromoney’s  world’s  best  digital  bank and  Aon  Hewitt’s  leading employer  in  Asia,  what truly  sets  DBS  apart  is  its  ability  to  empower  its  employees  to  have  fulfilling  careers. “We want  to  create  a  great  workplace  where  employees  feel connected  and  valued,  while progressing in their journey with DBS. Our holistic suite of people initiatives help to equip our staff to be the best, be the change and be the difference that they can be, at every stage of their lives,” says James Loo, Executive Director, Group HR, Talent Acquisition Group, DBS Bank.

Melvin Lee, Vice President collects the award for DBS Bank ranking at No.3

Melvin Lee, Vice President collects the award for DBS Bank ranking at No.3

Top 3 Factors That Make Companies Attractive To Talents

According  to’s  2016  Job  Happiness  Index,  more  than  half  of  Singaporean employees  are unhappy  at  work. Such sentiments eventually lead to short job tenures and high turnover rate.  Hence, it is crucial to identify Singaporean candidates’ needs and understand their reasons for joining a company.

The “Top  Companies  of  the  Year” survey  has  gathered  insights  on  the  factors  that employees consider when choosing a company. They are:

  1. Career development opportunities, basic salary
  2. Calibre of management and leadership team
  3. Work environment as well as culture.

Singaporean employees are well educated and discerning, and they want to ensure that as they chart new life milestones, their careers advance as well.  They  want  to  feel  that  their work  is  impactful  and  meaningful, and  they  achieve  this by  taking on  more  responsibilities. This is especially true for millennials.

With the high costs of living in Singapore, it is understandable that employees want a basic salary commensurate with their qualifications.  Finally,  as  evident  by  the  success  stories  of  Singapore  Airlines,  Changi  Airport  Group  and DBS Bank, talents look for strong leadership. They want to work for management teams that can help them soar higher, and they want to be associated with reputable brands.

Also read: What Tops the Priority List of Employees in Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong?

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