SAS is among the top employers on the Great Place to Work® Institute’s prestigious “Best Workplaces Ireland 2017” list of companies with fewer than 100 employees. The analytics leader was listed at #22 after finishing 7th last year.
Great Place to Work (GPTW) Ireland is part of a global network with offices in 48 countries. The organization uses the same assessment methodology to publish 48 country lists, as well as regional and global lists. The best known of these is the Fortune 100 list of Best Companies to Work For in the United States. SAS, which has been #1 in the US and is regularly included among the top five, has now held one of the top two positions for five straight years in GPTW’s World’s Best Multinational Workplaces listing.
The SAS culture aims to encourage creativity, which drives the innovation needed to find the best solutions for its customers. This stems from CEO Jim Goodnight’s simple philosophy: “Treat employees like they make a difference and they will.”
“The process of engaging the organisation in the GPTW programme has been very beneficial for SAS Ireland and we are delighted to have made the list again,” said Charles Senabulya, Vice President, SAS UK & Ireland. “We spent a lot of time analysing the results and the feedback from last year’s survey to develop an action plan to ensure we continue on the journey we started two years ago. This process was led by a team that represented the different functions in the organisation, the feedback and recommendations of this group, in consultation with their peers, formed the action plan which basically means that the whole organisation is engaged and connected to the process”
The GPTW award honours relationships between employees and managers in five dimensions: credibility, respect, fairness, pride and camaraderie. The key defining feature of a great workplace is the level of trust among employees. For them, a great workplace is one where you trust and enjoy the people you work with, and take great pride in your work.
Last year SAS was also listed among Europe’s top multinational workplaces by Great Place to Work, having appeared on the list since its inception in 2002. It emerged among European leaders in 2016, having ranked among the top 10 in a number of European countries, including Ireland.