“Love your job, but don’t love your company, because you may not know when your company stops loving you.” According to Google, these are the words of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. I am sure these words will not resonate well with your employer, but you cannot agree there is some heavy-weight truth behind these words.
I wonder how employees in Africa would rate the organization they work for; who are the best employers in Africa? Well, if you are asking yourself the same question, the answer can be found below.
There was a survey conducted last year between September-October led by Global Career Company, a leading recruitment agency in Africa in collaboration with Towers Watson. The survey’s report was published in the January issue of African Business magazine.
Topping the list as the best employer in Africa is Procter and Gamble (P&G). In second place is the East and Central Africa brewing giant East African Breweries Limited (EABL), and Microsoft at third place. The first and third place best companies to work for in Africa are all American multinational corporations operating in Africa. EABL secured the second position under the following categories; Corporate Social Responsibility, FMCG, and Leadership & Management.
This survey was the first of its kind ever to be conducted in Africa. The report ranked the top 100 best employers on the continent. Some of the notable companies that featured under the top 100 best employers in Africa include DStv, JP Morgan, Shell, Total, GE, and Dangote.
It is said some 13,242 respondents from across all the 54 countries in Africa took part in this survey. It has been described as the only independent survey to be done in all the 54 countries. It was based on 29 different international, local and pan-African criteria to define a great employer. The respondents were drawn from a pool of talented Africans to air their views on the organizations they would very much be interested in working for.
Charles Ireland, the Group MD at EABL, said, “EABL’s ambition is to become the best performing, most trusted, and respected consumer goods company in Africa. This is, therefore, a fantastic achievement that extends our ambition ceiling beyond East Africa to the entire continent. It is humbling to see EABL recognized as one of the top two employer brands in Africa reinforcing our quest to become Diageo’s jewel in Africa.”
The Managing Director at Global Career Company Rupert Adcock added, “The overall Careers in Africa Employer of Choice for 2015 is P&G, who were also successful in the FMCG category, seeing off strong competition from East African Breweries in both.
It is credit to them and their policies that they have made the top spots. I was also happy to see some strong African groups competing with the more established names. I’m sure that more will reach the Top 100 next year.”
Paul Kasimu, the Group Human Resource Director at EABL, said, “Being top two in Africa in four key categories was no mean achievement for us especially considering this came from over 13,000 professionals in the diaspora. This speaks to the tremendous work that has gone behind building the employer brand and multiyear talent program.”