In late November 2021, e-commerce giant Shopee was thrown into the spotlight for its alleged discriminatory hiring practices and toxic work culture.
This was revealed by Wake Up, Singapore, which compiled a series of reviews about working in the company from former, prospective and current employees from Glassdoor, chat messages and social media comments.
In response to the allegations, Shopee had announced that it will look into these allegations and reiterated its commitment to provide a safe workplace for its employees.
With Glassdoor reviews being a common benchmark for an inside look on a company’s culture, we figured it’s apt to take a look at some of the top-rated companies on the platform since many are on the lookout for a new job in this new year.
(Disclaimer: The below list is not exhaustive. There are plenty of other companies in Singapore that have achieved above a 4.0 rating on Glassdoor.)
1. Google – 4.5 rating
Google is one of the world’s most successful company, and it has a strong focus on innovation and smart business practices.
It has consistently been named as one of the best companies to work for, and was previously ranked #1 in Glassdoor’s Best Places To Work 2020 list.
According to employee reviews, it offers competitive compensation, has a high-energy company culture, and great work-life balance. It also has a stunning office with plenty of work-play areas, and offers free breakfast and lunch for all employees.
2. Zalora – 4.4 rating
Zalora is Asia’s leading online fashion, beauty and lifestyle e-commerce platforms. It has established a strong presence across the region, enjoying over 50 million visits per month.
Zalora employees on Glassdoor lauded the company for having a “flexible and supportive working environment” and employees claimed they learned a lot during their time there. Some also claimed that the management is “open-minded and collaborative”, so employees are free to voice out their opinion and feedback.
Most also cited great career progression opportunities and employee benefits, which include staff discounts.
3. Microsoft – 4.4 rating
The computer hardware and software company has made waves in the tech industry, and it is on a mission to drive change to the world. As such, it is an ideal place who have passion for their work and the desire to make an impact.
Microsoft is touted as an “innovating and exciting place to work” that provides work-life balance, flexibility, accessibility, diversity and inclusion.
The great working environment is propelled by attractive remuneration and employee benefits, including free healthcare.
4. Netflix – 4.2 rating
Netflix is the world’s leading streaming entertainment service with 193 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety of genres and languages.
Employees raved about Netflix being a good company to work for, as they are given the autonomy to work independently, yet still have the flexibility to work collaboratively with good team members and mentors.
It also offers above-market salary and great perks, such as a “free Netflix account”, “free food” and “good insurance”.
5. StashAway – 4.8 rating
StashAway is a B2C digital wealth management platform that builds personalised investment portfolios to help consumers achieve their financial goals.
Employees praised the fast-growing startup for having a good company culture and capable management, which reflects in a happy working environment. Leadership offers great support and transparency, and does their utmost best to help employees grow and thrive within the company.
Some employee benefits include “unlimited annual leave”, employee stock options, bonuses (awarded twice a year) and reimbursement of annual personal insurance premiums.
6. Meta – 4.3 rating
Formerly known as Facebook, Meta builds technologies to help people connect, find communities, and grow businesses.
It was ranked #2 in Glassdoor’s Best Places To Work 2020 list. Employees described Meta as having a “dynamic” work environment that allows you to work with “smart people from all over the world”. It offers an “intellectually rewarding work” and has a very nurturing leadership who cares about employees’ growth.
It also has an attractive benefits package, including extensive healthcare coverage (claims of up to S$3,000 per year), flex benefits that can be used for well-being expenditures such as massages and mental well-being programmes, as well as insurance claims.
7. Tencent – 4.3 rating
Last year, Tencent, which is also WeChat’s parent company, has set up a regional hub in Singapore as it expands further into Southeast Asia and shifts some of its business operations outside of China.
Tencent is dynamic and fast-paced working environment. The company works closely with its Chinese counterparts, so the ability to communicate proficiently with them in Mandarin and working outside of regular hours to align with China’s timezone is deemed necessary for some employees, depending on which team and project you are under.
According to Glassdoor reviews, Tencent offers a “good compensation package overall”, and some benefits include free breakfast and dinner, and a free gym membership.
8. Salesforce – 4.5 rating
Cloud-based software company Salesforce has been named one of Forbes’ “World’s Most Innovative Company” for eight consecutive years, and is ranked first on Fortune’s “100 Best Companies To Work For” list.
Many employees raved about it being a good company with good career prospects. It is people-oriented, with a strong culture of collaboration.
Its benefits are routed to be “above industry average”, such as premium insurance coverage, wellness allowance, education allowance, among others.
9. Secretlab – 4.4 rating
Backed by Temasek Holdings’ Heliconia Capital, Secretlab is a homegrown gaming chair company.
Helmed by young bosses, it’s no surprise that Secretlab offers a young and dynamic company culture. Employees are motivated individuals and there’s a flat hierarchy, so employees can freely share their thoughts and feedback.
Its perks are also comparable to tech giants’ — it offers free lunch, quarterly appraisals (so there’s a chance for salary increments too, based on your work performance), and flexible working hours.
10. the LEGO Group – 4.5 rating
LEGO has become a household name, and just like its famous LEGO bricks that are all about imagination, learning and endless possibility, its careers are also the same way.
What stands out about LEGO based on its Glassdoor reviews is its “caring” company culture. It has utmost respect for all employees, offers them a lot of support from senior leaders, and truly cares about their wellbeing.
It offers great employee benefits (especially those with children), including staff discounts for LEGO purchases and comprehensive medical coverage.
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