Although giving a company review is a great thing, when asked to give feedback about the work company, some employees turn down the opportunity. People sometimes are intimidated by having to talk about their workplace for various reasons; for example, they may feel afraid of doing a bad job or being criticized by what they say. They may also decline the opportunity our of shyness or maybe simply because they don’t like something about the company and can’t think of anything positive when asked.
Tomorrow we’ll teach you how to give smart and effective feedback about your company, but today we wanted to show you 5 powerful examples of employees showcasing their love and why we found them powerful.
Company: Bain & Company
Who did it: Manager in Chicago, IL
Welcome to Bain. I’m going to give you a problem that neither the CEO nor his entire management team could solve. And I’m probably going to give you lots of different opinions and imperfect data sources. And then I’ll ask you to focus in on where the most value is and convince all those people with different opinions that you’re right. But don’t worry, I’m also going to give you a Bain team. Those associates and consultants are going to be tenacious in coming up with creative approaches. Those managers and partners are going to knock down barriers for you, connect you where you need to be connected, guide, support, direct and re-direct you. The office support staff is going to fix your computer after you spilled coffee on it for the third time, find you the unfindable data source, and smile and hand you a baked good after you ask for help re-doing dozens of slides. You are empowered and accountable but you are not alone. And the best part is you can’t fail. Because after all, what all those people are reinforcing is that a Bainie never lets another Bainie fail.
Why is this powerful: Creative, directed to a prospective new employee and clear in the message: Bain & Co are powerful because of its team.
Who did it: Site Selection Program Manager in Menlo Park, CA
I’m a 55 year old working in a company where the average age is 28, and I’ve never been happier. I have always wanted to work in a company where I wasn’t the proverbial square peg, and after nearly 30 years in the work force, I believe that I have found the company that complements my ideology for how a company should operate. Here are the “Pros” as I see them…
– Leadership: Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg, Chris Cox and the rest of the leadership team. Inspiring, smart and totally real.
– The Culture: The openness is a real thing, we’re trusted to do the right thing, mistakes are expected, being yourself is important and encouraged, humility is encouraged and expected, building trust is paramount, the mission of making the world a more open and connected place isn’t just a cool phrase because it guides everything. It’s not about us, it’s about everyone else.
– The People: Smart and nice is what I find. The diversity is better than any other company I’ve worked at and it’s getting better. Those that are figuring out how to make what we do better for everyone are really good at implementing their ideas. Two years ago I didn’t know what this company really was or if it had a secure future. I can clearly see now that they have what it takes to last, and it’s sincere.
– Management: Managers are hired because they’re good managers and not because they’re good at something else. The management track is different than the contributor track and they’re equal in importance.
– Benefits: Working in the Valley it’s hard to differentiate all the benefits employees receive and Facebook is at least equal to all the major tech companies, but coming from Seattle the benefits are nothing short of incredible.
Granted, I haven’t been with the company for very long and I’m still in the honeymoon period, but I can tell what’s real and what’s not; this place is for real.
Why is this powerful: Personal perspective, very clear and specific.
Company: The Clorox Company
Who did it: Senior Buyer in Alpharetta, GA
1. Collaborative Culture
2. Leadership cares about people development. Very robust succession planning model
3. Opportunities available laterally across multiple functions
4. CEO – Don Knauss is humble and keeps every employee in the loop in terms of changes corporate wide.
5. Year over Year high engagement scores from employees as conducted by independant third party consultants
6. Super work – life balance
7. Active in the community
Why is this powerful: Although it could’ve had a little more information and body, it is very precise and explains what is important for the person who offered the review.
Company: Nestlé Purina
Who did it: Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
I absolutely love coming to work for NPPC everyday. The culture is second to none and over the years my work team has become like family. My immediate management and department leadership are both supportive and engaged in development and employee satisfaction, and it has led to opportunities for project work and growth. At this point, I can’t imagine working somewhere else.
There are lots of perks for associates – fitness center, daycare, flex time and remote work capabilities, tons of events and volunteer opportunities, medical department, company store and discount programs, corporate library, mentor programs, a huge catalog of personal and professional development resources, and of course – pets at work! We can take advantage of tuition reimbursement, pet adoption reimbursement, discounts on Nestle and Purina products, a new 6 month maternity leave, adoption reimbursement, and so much more.
The company puts a lot of emphasis on innovation and continuous improvement, not only in our products and sales, but also in programming and employee satisfaction. The company is dedicated to being a good corporate citizen, and does a ton of work giving back to the community. This is a company you can be really proud to work for, that stands behind its products and values, and empowers its employees to do great work. It’s not at all surprising that we have so many people who have dedicated 20, 30, 40, and more years of their lives here.
Why is this powerful: Very personal, written by the author’s perspective and personal experience emphasizing the differences that makes the company standout.
Company: DELTA Airlines
Who did it: Flight Attendant in New York, NY
Delta has seen us through the revolutionary change in the airline industry with top of the line communication and leadership to make tough changes with compassion. In the end, we come out the largest airline poised for success and strong enough to endure fuel prices, finance crisis, and passenger demand. Our flexible work rules, schedules, and pay options keep me on the ground or up in the air on rather nicely negotiated terms and management continues to provide the things I need to get my job done, admits their mistakes and genuinely attempts to do their best, as long as I do my best.
Why is this powerful: This employee praised the company compassion for its workforce, explaining in just a couple of words how that makes a good team between Delta and its Flight Attendants.
These 5 companies are in the Top 25 of Best Places to Work 2017 Employee’s Choice by Glassdoor. You can see the whole list here.