Specialist lingerie retailer Bravissimo, Gore-Tex parent company W L Gore, Net-a-Porter, the premium etailer and lifestyle retailer and lifestyle brand White Stuff have been named in The Sunday Times list of the 100 Best Companies To Work For.
The annual list, published yesterday (March 6), is based on the views of companies employees and their staff policies. Organisations, which are entered by direct nomination and approach, are ranked according to eight key indicators of staff engagement. This year’s survey is derived from the views of 275,983 staff, who are picked at random.
Leamington Spa-based Bravissimo ranked number eight overall and number of one for customer service. It waspraised by its staff for its strong principals and sense of family.
The average salary for its fitting consultants is £13,500 while half of the workforce, who work part time or on reduced hours, make £7,500. Staff added that they have a “great deal of faith” in founder Sarah Tremellen and 83% of its 749 employees said they were inspired by her. It also ranked third for wellbeing and fourth for giving staff a fair deal.
W L Gore, the parent company of technical fabric brand Gore-Tex, was in thirteenth place overall and was praised for its team-based structure, which means there are no managers and projects are led by multi-disciplined teams.
This led to 83% of its 387 UK employees saying they feel able to make a difference to the organisation and 84% feel able to make a valuable contribution to the company’s success. The company, which has two UK facilities based in Scotland, also offers staff homeworking, teleworking and annualised hours among working options – alongside a host of benefits including profit-related pay – which meant the company ranked sixth for personal growth.
Ten year old Net-a-Porter, sold by founder Natalie Massenet to Richemont Group last year, comes in at number 29 overall. Staff rate it highly for being excited about the London-based company’s future and for not being worried about its future despite the recession. Massenet is also popular among her 622 staff with 88% saying they are inspired by her and the same number saying they have faith in her.
Lifestyle retailer and brand White Stuff, which ranked 55 overall, was rated by employees for benefits and perks that include duvet days, massage and overseas trips, and for a 5.29% pay increase last year despite the difficult economic climate.
The average salary for a product advisor is £13,659. The company’s work with local charities through the White Stuff Foundation and green policy, which sees it use second hand furniture in stores and low-energy lighting saw it ranked 46th for giving something back.