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Much has changed in the past year and remote working, the rise of AI along with automation has reshaped what our professional lives look like. This, in turn, has changed what employees are expecting from their workplaces too.

Recently, LinkedIn has compiled a list of their Top 15 Companies In Malaysia For 2021. It’s an annual guide that identifies the best places for professionals to grow their careers in Malaysia.

These companies were chosen based on a methodology that looks at 7 pillars, each revealing an important element of career progression. According to LinkedIn, these include the ability to advance, grow one’s skills, a company’s stability, the availability of external opportunities, company affinity, gender diversity, and educational background.


Puan Liza Mustapha / Image Credit: PETRONAS’ Facebook

Topping this year’s list is PETRONAS, which made it here for pushing gender equality. Now, it’s no secret that the oil and gas industry tends to be a male-dominated one, with women generally making up only 15% of the workforce. It’s a number that plummets going up the corporate ladder. 

PETRONAS is showing progress here with 27% of its 39,600 Malaysian workforce being women, and with the company welcoming its first woman CFO, Liza Mustapha, in July 2020.

The industry is also looking at ways to transition from oil and gas into renewable energy as a whole, and PETRONAS is hoping to grow its local workforce. 

Some current job openings offered by PETRONAS are:

  • Manager, Technical Capability & Learning Design
  • Head Of Business Intelligence
  • Head, Visual Design (EDX)
  • Senior Executive, Strategic Planning (IT & Digital)

Check them out and get hired here.

2. Permodalan Nasional Berhad 

Quickly introducing flexible working arrangements at the start of the pandemic is why Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB) is on the list. Not to mention, the fund management company also introduced stress and time management training for its workers to help adapt to the new working arrangement. 

PNB is also a patron for its education and advancement, by pushing its 1,755 local employees to further their tertiary education or pursue additional professional qualifications. It’s also mandatory for all employees to complete 64 hours of training a year, to increase competencies and develop skills to meet current and future demands.

The firm also provides a scholarship programme which has resulted in graduates joining the company and attaining management roles.

PNB has opened a variety of training programmes in their company:

  • Management Trainee Programme
  • PNB Graduate Executive Trainee
  • PNB Internship Programme

Check out more details here.

3. Tenaga Nasional Berhad

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With 36,000 employees on the front lines of tackling climate change, Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) is shifting its focus and expanding its renewable energy footprint to Vietnam and Singapore.

Should this move work as intended, it will push the growth in demands for clean and green energy in the next few years within the SEA region. The move from fossil fuels to renewable energy will also in turn generate more jobs, according to TNB’s CEO Datuk Baharin Din.

TNB is looking for a:

  • Manager (Accounting & Finance)
  • Senior Manager Project Development and Implementation
  • Clerk (Finance)

Check them out and get hired here.

4. AIA Malaysia

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There’s no doubt that COVID-19 was a wake-up call for Malaysians to realise the importance of getting insured for their health. What puts AIA Malaysia on this list is their priority in corporate wellness for their 2,600 employees, a move recognised by the HR Excellence Awards in 2020.

With its 36-month leadership training programme for local AIA insurance agents, the firm also makes the top 5 for putting an emphasis on upskilling its workers. 

A digital transformation is also being implemented, where the insurance company is shifting from merely providing traditional insurance for their clients, to overall lifestyle health and wellness practices. 

The roles AIA is looking to fill are:

  • Associate Director, Customer Marketing
  • Elite Life Planner – Takaful
  • Manager, Data Engineer (Digital Business)
  • Financial Advisor

Check them out and get hired here.

5. Telekom Malaysia

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This telecommunications company was much depended upon by Malaysians working from home (WFH). For Telekom Malaysia’s (TM) internal workforce who were also WFH, the firm provided digital tools to its 22,000 employees that could help them serve their customers off-site with ease.

This new norm reportedly resulted in a more agile, cost efficient, and innovative business for TM, which is now considering remote work as a default for their staff.

TM is also looking to hire:

  • Mobile Developer
  • Assistant Manager Cloud App Support Web Hosting
  • TM Call Centre Staff
  • TM Executive Leadership Industrial Training (TM ELIT)

Check them out and get hired here

6. Accenture

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Accenture likely made the list for creating an inclusive workspace for its employees. For example, the consulting and processing firm aims to have a 50-50 men-to-women workforce by 2025, provide employees with disabilities a barrier-free workplace, and has a zero-tolerance policy for racism, hate, and violence of any kind.

Some current job openings at Accenture are:

  • Employee Relation & Policies Specialist
  • Anti-Money Laundering (supporting China market)
  • Talent Fulfillment Specialist
  • Ul Designer

Check them out and get hired here

7. Maybank

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Maybank implemented an initiative to upskill their non-clerical employees that focuses on delivering frontline services and administrative support. The bank’s efforts show its priority in growing their 24,724 employees’ skills, which could be a reason why they made it on this list.

As AI will one day take over certain administrative tasks, this programme is intended to upscale the value for its personnel to serve in more complex services in the future.

Some roles Maybank is hiring for are:

  • Strategic Development Manager
  • Head, Mobile Banking, Maybank2U
  • Associate, Acquisition & Usage, Mobile Banking, M2U
  • Head, Finance, Maybank Islamic Berhad

Check them out and get hired here

8. OCBC Bank

Throughout the pandemic, OCBC Bank has supported its 5,000 staff by running virtual programmes that helped employees make sense of the crisis and stay healthy, both physically and emotionally. These programmes included workout sessions, where families and children were encouraged to join in, and highly technical courses such as robotics.

Last month, the bank also launched its OCBC Bank COVID-19 Vaccination Support Programme that permits a day off for staff to go for their vaccination, provides transport reimbursement for travels to vaccination centres, and medical leave for 2 days without MCs if side effects are present.

OCBC Bank is looking to fill positions for:

  • Relationship Manager (Nationwide)
  • Quality Assurance Analyst
  • Compliance Advisory
  • Client Advisor – Nationwide

Check them out and get hired here

9. PwC

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As one of the most sought-after Big Four accounting firms to work for, PwC likely made the list for focusing on their 3,000 Malaysian employees’ learning and development. The company offers both its staff and clients with professional development programmes in digital, finance, and operations. 

This is meant to ensure that employees have the necessary digital and soft skills to help them remain relevant as their roles evolve. PwC is also big on gender equality, where 42% of its partners and 51% of its managers are women, according to its website.

Some jobs you can find with PwC are:

  • Corporate Tax Compliance & Advisory – Senior Associate
  • Transfer Pricing Manager
  • Senior Associate/Manager – Cybersecurity
  • Senior Associate – SAP Successfactors Consultant

Check them out and get hired here

10. Standard Chartered Bank

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Standard Chartered Bank is here due to its ability to advance by enabling flexibility for its 7,500 Malaysian employees to WFH since 2012, long before the pandemic. Their WFH arrangement allowed its staff a choice to do so at least one day a week, where no minimum length of service was required to qualify for it.

In November 2020 however, the bank noticed the benefits of still having face-to-face meetings with its clients, and shifted to providing a hybrid working arrangement. So, employees have the option to choose where and when they want to work, whether at home, at the office, or in a “near home” workspace.

Dictionary Time: “Work near home” means that companies pay for their staff to work in a coworking or flexible workspace that is convenient to where they live. Instead of renting a whole office for years at a time, they typically pay for monthly memberships for only the staff that need them.


Some current job openings at Standard Chartered Bank are:

  • Communications Specialist
  • Client Centre Executive
  • Executive, Business Development
  • Legal Counsel, Group Commercial

Check them out and get hired here

11. EY

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By investing in technology, EY is upskilling its employees through its EY Tech MBA, in collaboration with Hult International Business School. The programme is a fully accredited corporate MBA that’s available for free to its 300,000+ employees in over 150 countries, regardless of role or position.

Individuals studying for the MBA’s virtual courses can build their own personal curriculum in the subjects of AI, blockchain and robotic process automation (RPA), to name a few.

EY is currently looking for:

  • Global Mobility Immigration – Senior Associate
  • Manager – Data & Analytics Architect
  • Asean Finance Advisor (Supervising Associate / Assistant Director)
  • Corporate Tax Compliance and Reporting, Senior Manager

Check them out and get hired here.

12. Axiata

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Axiata is possibly here for its inclusive workplace that hires individuals from 38 different nationalities amongst its 11,748 employees. They’ve also launched a Girls’ Coding Challenge in 2021 where female undergraduates in Malaysia get to hone their coding skills and learn from industry players to widen their knowledge.

The group also has its Axiata Graduate Programme where successful trainees could secure a permanent placement within Axiata upon completion of the courses.

Axiata has available job openings for:

  • Lead of Data Maturity
  • Head of Data Strategy, Governance & Excellence
  • Head of Group Enterprise Risk Management
  • Software Developer – IOT (Axiata Enterprise)

Check them out and get hired here.

13. Prudential 

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According to Prudential themselves, the insurance company is potentially on this list for supporting the careers and wellbeing of their staff. It claims to be a company that’s diverse, inclusive, and supports its 2,200 employees from different backgrounds to form a rich culture in their teams. 

Some job openings at Prudential are:

  • Assistant Manager, Compliance
  • Assistant Manager, Agency Strategic Planning
  • Actuarial Professional
  • Manager, Performance & Data Analytics

Check them out and get hired here.

14. Intel Corporation

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Intel made learning accessible to everyone through its online learning platforms, including Linkedin Learning and Intel Learning Network. Intel is probably on this list for adapting their face-to-face training to virtual ones that enabled its 11,500 employees to upskill or reskill while WFH.

Since 2019, they’ve also adapted to create a more inclusive and accepting environment for staff with disabilities under its Intel Diverse Abilities Network (IDAN) journey.

Intel is looking for:

  • Digital Marketing Specialist
  • Talent Market Intelligence Analyst
  • Networking and Communications Segment Sales Executive, APJ
  • Factory Planning Analyst

Check them out and get hired here.

15. Hong Leong Bank 

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Hong Leong Bank (HLB) and its Islamic branch became the first bank in Malaysia to offer a fully digital onboarding experience to open a bank account. This makes it safer for its 8,090 staff, as they don’t need to meet customers in person, eliminating the risks of COVID-19 transmissions.

Some positions Hong Leong Bank is hiring for are:

  • Mortgage Sales Manager (Melaka)
  • Community Business Manager- SME (Setapak)
  • Manager, Trade Services (Compliance)
  • Executive, Credit Administration (PJ City)

Check them out and get hired here.

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