Last Wednesday (April 6), LinkedIn unveiled its 2022 Top Companies list, which is its second annual ranking of the 15 best workplaces to grow your career.
According to LinkedIn, these companies are ranked based on seven different elements of career progression: ability to advance, skills growth, company stability, external opportunity, company affinity, gender diversity, and spread of educational backgrounds.
Here are this year’s top 15 companies in Singapore, according to LinkedIn:
1. Unilever Singapore
Global consumer goods company Unilever ranked first, driven by their commitment to helping employees thrive through comprehensive upskilling schemes and flexible working.
In November 2021, Unilever Singapore adopted a permanent hybrid working arrangement and redesigned its office space with the quiet ‘focus zones’ with height-adjustable desks, open collaboration spaces and ‘project squad rooms’ for creative collaboration.
Unilever Singapore was also awarded the Enabling ark Award, which recognises organisations paving the way for a more inclusive society.
There are currently eight available positions at Unilever, which mostly consist of managerial roles. You can apply for them here.
2. Standard Chartered Bank
Standard Chartered Singapore has expressed its commitment to invest S$5 million in diSCover Lab, a global learning hub aimed to train and upskill 8,000 employees by this year.
StanChart is also planning to ramp up its international graduate programme in Singapore, hiring local talent from leading engineering colleges and training institutes to join its technology and innovation team based in Singapore.
As part of its efforts to build a steady pipeline of tech talents, the bank is also partnering Microsoft and IBM. It is working with existing programmes such as the Work Study and SGUnited Traineeship Programmes to provide career opportunities for students.
Additionally, Standard Chartered is also investing S$500 million in buy now pay later (BNPL) firm Atome Financial as part of a 10-year partnership as it expands its reach in fintech.
There are currently 70 available positions at Standard Chartered, such as a Communications Specialist, Customer Experience Lead and People Operations Analyst. You can apply for them here.
To help upskill and reskill employees, Prudential Singapore has partnered with Ngee Ann Polytechnic to develop “future skills”.
Prudential employees are now able to learn in-demand digital skill sets such as “Machine Learning for Humans” and “AI in Finance” to prepare for the future of work.
There are currently 171 available positions at Prudential, such as a Corporate Communications Manager, Customer Insights Specialist, and Financial Services Consultant. Internship roles are also available. You can apply for them here.
4. OCBC Bank
OCBC Bank Singapore is accelerating its OCBC Future Smart Programme to focus on digitalisation for its employees and new trainees. So far, the S$20 million investment program has created more than 50 sustainability-related jobs over the last two years.
Some 1,900 sustainability training programs have been launched for OCBC’s 30,000 employees.
There are currently 573 available positions at OCBC Bank in areas such as wealth management, group customer experience, editorial and corporate marketing, among others. You can apply for them here.
5. DBS Bank
During the COVID-19 pandemic, DBS Bank implemented a permanent hybrid work model to give employees the option to work remotely up to 40 per cent of the time.
The company also transformed its workspaces and launched a 5,000-square foot “Living Lab” that aims to blend the best of physical and virtual work space configurations.
The bank is also accelerating employee upskilling with 7,200 employees to undergo training such as design thinking, data and analytics, artificial intelligence, machine learning and agile practices.
There are currently 686 available positions at DBS Bank, such as Content Designer, Solution Architect, Project Manager and Legal Associate. You can apply for them here.
Google renamed itself Alphabet in 2015, making Google a subsidiary. As a parent company, Alphabet allowed Google to expand into domains outside of Internet search and advertising to become a tech conglomerate.
Besides Google, Alphabet is also the parent company of Waymo, Firebase, DeepMind and Verily, among others.
To better support Singaporeans who want to develop their skills in the fast-growing digital economy, Google has introduced Google Career Certificates as a new pathway under Skills Ignition SG — a digital training partnership with the Singapore government and a coalition of employers.
Google first launched Skills Ignition SG in 2020 and only expanded the program last year. It’s on track to hit its target of helping 3,800 Singaporeans under the program’s existing pathways: Cloud Technology, Data Engineering with Machine Learning Fundamentals, and Digital Marketing. Hundreds of trainees have also gone through work placements with Google and other host companies.
There are currently three available positions for Alphabet companies such as Google and Verily. You can apply for them here.
More than a century ago, physician and drug store proprietor Dr. Wallace C. Abbott started the Abbott Alkaloidal Company with the mission of championing scientific investigation for the benefit of both patients and physicians.
Today, it operates with approximately 113,000 employees around the world, working to improve human health through nutrition, diagnostics, medical devices and pharmaceuticals.
There are currently 59 available positions at Abbott, in areas such as operations, marketing and sales, among others. You can apply for them here.
Accenture is a global professional services company with leading capabilities in digital, cloud and security, serving clients in more than 120 countries.
It has various jobs catered to students and graduates, experienced professionals, executive leaders, and alumni.
Particularly for graduates, Accenture offers a Talent Advancement Program that promises continuous learning, structured personal progression paths, mentoring and collaborating with industry experts of projects.
There are currently 16 available positions at Accenture, including roles such as General Support Operations, Test Engineer, Android Developer, and Customer Service Officer. You can apply for them here.
Sea is the parent company of Garena, Shopee and SeaMoney.
To help build a steady pipeline of future tech talents, Sea offers various student programmes, including Sea Management Associate Program, Finance ACE Program, Labs Internship Program, and IMDA-Sea CLT Program.
There are currently 108 available positions at Sea, including roles for its new digital bank venture. You can apply for them here.
Grab is Southeast Asia’s leading super app. It provides everyday services such as deliveries, mobility, financial services, enterprise services and others to millions of users across the region.
For its driver-partners who are keen to embark on new careers, Grab offers support for them to upskill, reskill and find new employment opportunities. Together with Generation, Microsoft, SGtech, and Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Grab has created a pilot program to help selected driver-partners to be employment-ready for several tech roles.
There are currently 314 available positions at Grab, including roles for its new digital bank venture. You can apply for them here.
Restlessly reinventing since 1911, IBM is one of the largest corporate organisations in the world, with many of the Fortune 500 companies relying on the IBM Cloud to run their business.
IBM says that its greatest asset is the IBMer. It believes its strength lies in the diversity of its employees.
IBM also encourages creative pursuits and passions outside of work, because when IBMers can explore their curiosity, it gives all of them a new outlook on the world and its possibilities for emerging tech.
There are currently 170 available positions at IBM in areas such as information technology, engineering and sales, among others for both graduate and entry-level applicants, as well as as advanced professionals. You can apply for them here.
AIA said that it prioritises the well-being of its people. It is focused on developing, engaging, and helping its employees to grow professionally and personally during their time at AIA.
With an aim to help them build meaningful, purposeful careers, AIA fosters a learning culture that supports their development and upskilling.
At the same time, it embraces a culture of innovation and inclusion that respects people’s opinions and encourages collaboration, giving employees with different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives the chance to make a positive impact and participate in growing the company.
There are currently 21 available positions at AIA, including roles such as Data Privacy Consultant, Operational Risk Manager, Senior Lead of Customer Engagement and Compliance Manager. You can apply for them here.
In 2020, EY invested US$450 million in formal training to boost learning and development among its employees.
At EY, it offers a personalised career growth that’s more than just about flexibility and advancement. It helps keep employees relevant in the ever-evolving world, and invests in their development so that they can become a purpose-driven and transformative leader.
It offers every employee the chance to seize new opportunities and work with cutting-edge technologies, and exposing them to different clients in different industries at the same time.
There are currently 294 available positions at EY, including roles such as Market Segment Manager, Internal Communications & Engagement Manager, and Campus Recruiter. You can apply for them here.
Roche is the world’s largest biotech company and the global market leader for in-vitro diagnostics and pharmaceuticals.
Roche offers a large variety of apprenticeships, intern programmes and full-time career opportunities. Under its Local Biologics Skills Training (BOOST) programme, trainee positions are available in various departments including quality, technology, automation, as well as utilities and maintenance.
There are currently 44 available positions at Roche, including roles such as APAC Innovation Manager, APAC Marketing Operations Manager and Senior Utilities Technician. Trainee roles are also available. You can apply for them here.
15. JPMorgan Chase & Co.
J.P. Morgan is a global leader in financial services, providing strategic advice and products to the world’s most prominent corporations, governments, wealthy individuals and institutional investors.
It invests in attracting and developing a diverse workforce, and encourages a culture of inclusion, where everyone’s opinion counts and all employees have the freedom to deliver their absolute best.
It is an equal-opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of any protected attribute, including race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital or veteran status, pregnancy or disability, or any other basis protected under applicable law.
In accordance with applicable law, it also makes reasonable accommodations for applicants’ and employees’ religious practices and beliefs, as well as any mental health or physical disability needs.
There are currently 296 available positions at JPMorgan Chase & Co. in areas such as Engineering, Finance and Information Technology. You can apply for them here.
Highlights from this year’s list
This year’s list saw the debut of six companies, namely Alphabet Inc., Abbott, Grab, AIA, EY and JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Additionally, it’s clear to see that firms in the financial services sector are featured prominently in the list, reflecting the resilience and recovery of the industry. Particularly, four out of the top five companies — Standard Chartered Bank, Prudential, OCBC Bank and DBS Bank — belong to the financial sector.
Additionally, with the Covid-19 pandemic transforming the world of work, it’s evident that flexible work is here to stay and is no longer just a ‘nice-to-have’.
LinkedIn data found that there were 2.3 times more job postings offering remote work in Singapore compared to a year ago, receiving 1.35 times more applications.
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