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ICT businesses dominate BRW list

Hafizah Osman | June 28, 2013
Atlassian nabs top ICT company spot.

There is no better place to work other than a company in the ICT sector, at least if you go by the results of BRW's Best Places to Work 2013 list.

The business magazine recently published the top Australian companies that have the best employers, working conditions, and pay. ICT companies dominated the list with 20 out of the top 50 businesses consisting of a company in the ICT industry.

BRW's Top 50 Best Places to Work list is based on research conducted by the Great Place to Work Institute Australia, which is measured against a proprietary culture audit and trust index.

Atlassian was the top ICT company, just falling a rank behind financial services and insurance company, Optiver, which took the top spot on the list overall.

The company moved up in its status from its 9th position last year.

NetApp Australia (ranked 3rd), (ranked 4th), McAfee Australia (ranked 7th) and C3 Business Solutions (ranked 9th) all made it to the top 10 companies to work for.

NetApp A/NZ managing director, Steve Manley, said creating a positive culture sits at the core of the business that the entire company strives towards.

NetApp's appearance among the top three positions for the sixth consecutive year, validates that strategy, he said.

"Our employees are our number one asset and it's essential that a working environment in which individuals and teams can be innovative is created and maintained. This results in the hiring and retention of quality people, which in turn leads to better outcomes for our customers and partners," he said.

Specific benefits afforded by NetApp to its staff include flexible work practices; educational benefits; and NetApp's Volunteer Time Off program, which allows an extra week of paid leave per year in order to take part in community service.

McAfee's Asia-Pacific president, Andrew Littleproud, said the company was the only cyber security business to be credited with the award, and said the recognition honoured the commitment of its employees and their contribution to the company.

"It is a credit to our staff and our culture to have been recognised for the third consecutive year. McAfee's employees are passionate and deeply committed to our cause of keeping people safe and secure online," he said.

Its Asia-Pacific human resources director, John Francois, said the company has implemented more than a dozen initiatives during the past two years all aimed at attracting, retaining and motivating its employees.

Francois said it challenges its staff through an Emerging Talent HIPO (high-potential) program, which gives them tools and strategies to reach their highest potential, as well as further recognises staff performance through the 'McAfee Heroes' award, which rewards those who go above and beyond for the customer.


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