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[This is a sponsored article with Talentbank.]

Hiring talent is dependent on a healthy balance of providing value between employees and employers. Employers expect a certain standard of work and contribution from hires, and usually employees desire to work at companies with an excellent brand reputation, work perks, and potential for career advancement.

Talentbank’s Graduates’ Choice Award (GCA) gives recognition to companies that are actively making changes in company culture to attract new talents. It’s important to listen to young voices because Generation Z will soon take up over a third of the global population.

It’s more than just bragging rights for the winners, the GCA also allows graduates and soon-to-be graduates to know which companies are highly sought after and preferred by their peers. This can motivate them to step up their game, stay ahead of the curve and stand out from the sea of talents, if they wish to be hired by those companies.

With GCA 2021’s results finalised, here are the most attractive companies in Malaysia according to the graduates.

Have Your Say: Talentbank is currently collecting votes from Graduates for GCA 2022. If you are a student of a university/college or you’ve just recently graduated within the last 12 months, you are eligible to vote.

1. Maybank
Champion in Overall Winners, Champion in Banking

Maybank is one of Malaysia’s most prominent banks with more than 350 branches locally, and the bank employs more than 40,000 employees worldwide.

For graduates who are keen to apply to the company, they offer programmes such as the Global Maybank Apprentice Programme which are some of the upskilling programmes to develop a graduate’s skill on Risk Management, Product Strategy and more.

Maybank is also the GCA’s Champion in Banking for the third year in a row.

Open positions listed here.

2. Google
1st Runner-up in Overall Winners, Champion in Tech

The world’s largest search engine needs no introduction and since its entrance into Malaysia back in 2011, they still remain as one of the most attractive companies to work for.

Fun fact: Google Malaysia’s current Managing Director, Marc Woo was Google Malaysia’s very first employee.

Former and current employees applauded the company’s work environment, free and healthy meals for employees and visitors from gerai gugel, as well as the company’s flexible working hours and casual dress code.

Open positions listed here.

3. Microsoft (Malaysia)
2nd Runner-up in Overall Winners, Runner-up In Tech

Microsoft is yet another renowned name in the tech world. In 2020, Microsoft reported that they have more than 258 million paid seats worldwide (customers who have purchased) Office 365.

As listed on the company’s US Site, employees can benefit from employee discounts, flexible working hours and long maternity leaves. Local employees also noted that the company provides a free flow of snacks, fruits and drinks.

Open positions listed here.

A shot of the Microsoft KL office / Image Credit: Steven Leach Group

4. Petroliam Nasional Berhad
Champion in Chemical, Engineering and Oil & Gas, Top 5 in Overall Winners

According to former employees, Petroliam Nasional Berhad aka PETRONAS offers a competitive salary and good bonuses yearly—provided that you are up to the challenges that they set out for you.

The company also runs multiple programmes for graduates, such as the Graduate Employability Enhancement Scheme (GEES) and PETRONAS Education Scholarships Programme (PESP). Benefits for employees come in the form of flexible working arrangements, returnee programmes and extended maternity leaves.

Fun Fact: PETRONAS boasts a young workforce, with 56% of its employees being under the age of 36.

Open positions listed here.

5. Shopee Malaysia
Champion in E-Commerce, Top 5 in Overall Winners

One of Malaysia’s largest e-commerce sites, Shopee has become a household name for many, especially during the pandemic.

That said, we recently wrote about Shopee’s Global Leaders Programme (GLP) which offers fresh graduates hands-on experience and leadership opportunities within the company. Graduates who enrolled under GLP get a chance to work overseas, provided with a competitive salary, and most importantly, your work can potentially shape the future of Shopee.

Open positions listed here.

6. Intel Malaysia
Champion in Electronics, 2nd Runner-up in Engineering and Tech, Top 10 in Overall Winners

If you’ve owned a laptop or a PC, you might have noticed that tiny Intel sticker on the device. But, what you might not know is that 80% of laptop CPUs in the world utilise Intel processors.

Benefits of working with Intel include five bonus payouts a year (on top of mid-year and year-end bonuses), an employee discount on Intel stock, flexible working hours, exclusive employee discounts on Intel products, as well as relocation services if you were to move to a new location for work.

Open positions listed here.

1st Runner-up in Banking, Top 10 in Overall Winners

Specifically for graduates, CIMB has some unique programmes that might entice you to work for the bank. One of the programmes allows you to work for two different companies, and when you have completed the programme, you get to choose between the two for who you want to work for.

For example, the CIMB-Accenture Fusion programme allows a graduate to experience both consulting and banking work, with the first year spent in Accenture to gain experience in consultancy, and the second year in CIMB for a holistic overview of the banking industry.

One of the major benefits of working with CIMB is its Staff Rejuvenation Programme. It allows employees to take up to six months off their job to tend to life matters and return to work in the same position without risking employment.

Open positions listed here.

Taken during one of CIMB’s Scholarship Programmes back in 2019 / Image Credit: CIMB

8. Shell Malaysia
1st Runner-up in Engineering and Oil & Gas, 2nd Runner-up in Shared Services, Top 10 in Overall Winners

Shell is one of the world’s largest petrochemical and energy companies, boasting around 86k employees in more than 70 countries.

The company is also one of the first to implement diversity and inclusion in the workplace. For example, Shell has implemented women-specific programmes such as the Women’s Career Development Programme (WCDP) and Shell Women’s Action Network (SWAN) to further empower women’s development in the company.

However, graduates who are moving onto Shell should expect challenging work daily with a high level of responsibility. But your efforts will be rewarded through performance-related pay, along with opportunities for rapid progression.

Open positions listed here.

9. Celcom Axiata Berhad
Champion in Telecommunication, Top 10 in Overall Winners

Celcom is one of Malaysia’s first mobile operator networks as it was established back in 1988. It’s also part of the Axiata Group, which has other brands like the e-wallet Boost and the digital marketing agency ADA.

If you do enrol into the Axiata Graduate Programme, you get the chance to work with other brands under Axiata such as Boost, Axiata Digital and so on, exposing you to different industries as you work.

The programme specifically looks for leaders who are willing and capable of picking up skills rapidly. Once you have completed the programme, you can potentially secure a permanent placement under one of Axiata’s brands.

According to past employees, employee benefits come in the form of mobile phone allowance, employee discounts and a comprehensive insurance package.

Open positions listed here

10. PwC Malaysia
Champion in Accounting & Professional Services, Top 5 in Consulting, Top 10 in Overall Winners

PwC is one of the big four accounting firms globally, and in 2020, the firm reported revenues of US$43 billion too. In Malaysia, the firm employs over 3,000 employees in 7 locations.

When it comes to employee benefits, the firm is quite vocal and transparent in what they offer.

Through flex+, employees can have a reduced workweek to focus on their children or ageing parents. They’re also entitled to flexFridays, which allows them to leave work early every second Friday of the month.

Open positions listed here.

PWC’s office in KL / Image Credit: Steven Leach Group

Other Noteworthy Companies Graduates Find Attractive

Aside from the companies mentioned above, here are the other companies that the graduates still voted for as an attractive company they’d like to work for in their different categories:



Top In Accounting & Professional Services

PwC Malaysia



Grant Thornton Malaysia PLT

Top In Automotive

Honda Malaysia Sdn Bhd


Top In Banking



Public Bank Berhad

Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad

Top In Business Process Outsourcing (BPO)

TDCX Malaysia

Aspiro Sdn Bhd

Top In Chemical

Petronas Chemicals Group Berhad 

Nippon Paint (M) Sdn Bhd

Top In Consulting



PwC Malaysia

Top In E-Commerce

Shopee Malaysia



Top In Education

Sunway Education Group

Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman

Multimedia University

Top In Electronics

Intel Malaysia

Huawei Technologies (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd

Dell Technologies

Top In Engineering

Petroliam Nasional Berhad

Shell Malaysia

Intel Malaysia


Top In Fashion

Uniqlo (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd

Al-Futtaim Group Berhad

JD Sports Fashion Sdn Bhd

Top In Fast Food Chain

McDonald’s Malaysia

KFC Malaysia

Texas Chicken Malaysia

Burger King Malaysia

Top In Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG)

Nestlé Malaysia


L’Oréal Malaysia

Fraser & Neave Holdings Bhd (F&N)

Mondelez International

Top In Government Linked Companies (GLC)

Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM)

Tenaga Nasional Berhad

Employees Provident Fund (EPF)

Permodalan Nasional Berhad

Top In Insurance

Great Eastern Life Assurance (M) Berhad

Prudential Assurance

Allianz Malaysia Berhad

Takaful Malaysia

Top In Logistics

Maersk Malaysia Sdn Bhd


Top In Manufacturing

Top Glove Sdn Bhd


HP Inc.

Nippon Paint (M) Sdn Bhd

Top In Oil & Gas

Petroliam Nasional Berhad

Shell Malaysia

Petron Malaysia


Top In Oleochemical


Top In Pharmaceutical

Johnson & Johnson

Duopharma Biotec Berhad

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

Top In Property Developer

EcoWorld Malaysia

Sunway Property

IOI Properties Group Berhad

YTL Construction

IJM Corporation Berhad

Top In Retail


Watsons Malaysia


Top In Shared Services

AIA Shared Services

AirAsia Global Shared Services

Shell Business Operations KL


American Express

Top In Tech


Microsoft (Malaysia)

Intel Malaysia

Huawei Technologies (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd

Top In Telecommunication

Celcom Axiata Berhad

Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM)

U Mobile Sdn Bhd

Top In Tobacco

British American Tobacco GBS & IDT

Japan Tobacco International

Graduates, Cast Your Vote

As mentioned, Talentbank is looking for graduate votes for GCA 2022. If you are a student of a university/college or you’ve just recently graduated within the last 12 months, you are eligible to vote.

If you do vote and refer other university/colleague friends too, you stand a chance to win prizes ranging from an Apple Macbook Pro worth RM5,600, a GoPro HERO 5 Black worth RM1,559, online shopping vouchers, and more.

  • For more information on Talentbank’s Graduates’ Choice Awards, click here.
  • To vote for the upcoming round of Graduates’ Choice Awards, click here.

Featured Image Credit: Steven Leach Group

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