Survey Ranks Google, Apple as Top Employers in S’pore; Employers Generally Handled COVID-19 Well

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How favourably would you rate your employer?

This was the question put to more than 9,000 employees in an online survey conducted in August and September last year by global research company Statista.

Now, the rankings of the top 200 Singapore’s Best Employers 2021 have been released, and they’ve certainly surprised a few people.

Survey Ranks Google, Apple as Top Employers in S’pore; Employers Generally Handled COVID-19 Well

In a list of over 200 companies with the best score, Google and Apple came in first and second respectively. They were followed by Adidas Singapore and educational institute Singapore American School.

Coming in fifth and sixth places respectively were Amazon and Barclays, a banking and financial services firm.

Other notable employers on the list include Facebook (25th), Coca-Cola Singapore (35), and the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) (36th).

Insurance company Great Eastern closed the list at the last (200th) spot.

How It Was Conducted

Now, you’re not going to rate your employer negatively if your name has to be attached to your review, of course.

That’s why the survey granted anonymity to respondents.

The survey had two editions. The first asked respondents to rate their willingness to recommend their employer to friends and family on a scale of zero to 10.

Zero meant: “I wouldn’t recommend my employer under any circumstances”, and 10 meant: “I would definitely recommend my employer”.

Respondents were also asked if there are other employers in their respective industries that they would or would not recommend.

Using the results of the two questions, a score would be calculated for each employer, with greater weight given to the first question.

In the second edition, questions revolved around the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on workers.

61% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that cohesion among colleagues was strong in times of crisis.

62% felt that technical equipment and support for remote working was good.


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57% also strongly agreed that personal problems were considered during the pandemic.

Generally, employees viewed their employers’ handling of the COVID-19 pandemic as overall well done. Of course, some were thought to have managed the situation better than others.

Other Interesting Findings

Interestingly, women tended to display slightly lower levels of satisfaction than men, across the three statements listed above.

This could be due to the fact that women often have to bear the burden of domestic responsibilities, which only increased during the pandemic, as employees worked from home.

On the whole, lower-level employees were also less satisfied than higher-level employees.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, companies with an advantage during the pandemic, such as those in drugs and biotechnology, insurance and logistics, and semiconductors and electronics, showed relatively high levels of employee satisfaction.

So you go to social media and it appears that everyone is agreeing with your views. Watch this video to the end and you’d realise that there’s a disturbing reason behind this:

Boss: What about you? Are you satisfied with your employer? 

Oh yes, definitely. I particularly enjoy the one hour a week I get off from work.

Boss: Good employee.


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Check out the full top 200 Singapore’s Best Employers 2021 list to see if your employer made it there!

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