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100 Best Companies to Work for in Kenya 2018
If you wish to build an impressive resume, you must work for the best companies.
The best does not only mean the one offering the highest remuneration package since employee welfare largely counts.
Safaricom has been ranked the best company to work for in Kenya. This is according to the new survey contacted by Brighter Monday, a jobs website. The eport that puts the mobile services provider ahead of United Nations, KenGen, Google and Kenya Revenue Authority. The ranking results from recruitment firm Brighter Monday’s 2018 Best 100 companies to work survey. Other companies in the top ten include Centum Investments, Kenya Power, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Unilever and Coca-Cola.
In determining the best 100 companies to work for, the survey looked at attributes that matter most to employees which include pride, culture, career growth, diversity, inclusion as well as competitive pay package. Brighter Monday says it used an online survey of its database of more than 800,000 employees and analyzed feedback from current and former employees of the companies listed.
“Respondents were expected to provide information on defining attributes like gender, age and their level of experience. This data was then analyzed and clustered to create the report,” the firm says.
According to the report, men occupy more senior level jobs while women take up more entry-level and mid-level jobs with a higher percentage of males on the higher salary bracket. The level of job satisfaction is low in both male and female employees, but lower in the female employees as they posed a greater flight risk (willing to leave their current place of work) when compared to their male counterparts.
The report further revealed that 60% of the employed earn salaries of less than Ksh50,000 while 21% earn between Ksh50,000 and Sh100,000. Eight per cent earn between Ksh101,000 and Sh105,000 and 6% between Ksh151,000 and Sh250,000. Just 3% of the respondents reported earning Ksh251,000 to Sh400,000, while only 2% said they earned more.
Meanwhile, younger employees have a positive perception of their companies but they are still willing to leave when better opportunities come knocking. Both men and women value the same traits in a company. The top 3 traits being: Good Pay, Job Security, and Proximity to Home.
LIST OF THE TOP 100 COMPANIES TO WORK FOR IN KENYA IN ORDER OF RANKING
- UNITED NATIONS,
- KENYA REVENUE AUTHORITY
- CENTUM INVESTMENTS
- KENYA POWER
- PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS (PWC)
- KENYA PIPELINE COMPANY
- KENYA AIRWAYS
- KENYA COMMERCIAL BANK (KCB)
- KENYA PORTS AUTHORITY (KPA)
- WORD BANK
- CENTRAL BANK OF KENYA (CBK)
- PROCTOR & GAMBLE (P&G)
- PENDA HEALTH
- GENERAL ELECTRIC
- GOVERNMENT OF KENYA
- WORLD VISION
- KENYA REDCROSS
- TETRA PARK
- EQUITY BANK
- GENERAL MOTORS
- ILRI (INTERNATIONAL LIVESTOCK RESEARCH INSTITUTE)
- KENYA AIRPORTS AUTHORITY (KAA)
- BRITISH COMMISSION
- DAVIS &SHIRTLIFF
- KENYA BREWERIES LTD (KBL)
- PLAN INTERNATIONAL
- EACC (ETHICS & ANTI-CORRUPTION COMMISSION)
- NATION MEDIA GROUP (NMG)
- BARCLAYS BANK
- COMMERCIAL BANK OF AFRICA (CBA)
- ICEA LION
- JUBILEE INSURANCE
- MCKINSEY & COMPANY
- MICHELLE COTTS
- VIVO ENERGY
- ROYAL MEDIA SERVICES
- STANBIC BANK
- CO-OPERATIVE BANK
- GEOTHERMANL DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (GDC)
- JOHNSON & JOHNSON
- KENYA NATIONAL BUREAU OF STATISTICS (KNBS)
- KENYA WINES AGENCY (KWAL)
- KIBOS SUGAR
- KNIGHT FRANK
- NAIROBI WATER
- SAROVA HOTELS
- SERENA HOTELS
- KENYA NATIONAL HOSPITAL
- SAVE THE CHILDREN
- BRIGHTER MONDAY
- ALEXANDER FORBES
- BONFIRE ADVENTURES
- CHILD FUND
- NAIROBI CITY COUNTY
- CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES (CRS)
Below is a list of best companies you should consider working for in 2017:
1. Google Kenya
Google Kenya is a subsidiary of Google Inc. and it offers internet services.
This is definitely one of the best employers in Kenya as it offers its employees competitive salaries, an enabling environment, and career-related courses.
You are assured of working with cutting-edge technology and skilled people. Many employees have an IT or statistics background making well over Ksh. 250,000 per month.
You do not get this anywhere since some well-paying and prestigious companies milk every joule of energy you got.
2. Safaricom Ltd.
This is the biggest telecommunications firm in Kenya.
Safaricom offers okay packages to its employees and great benefits such as a good working environment, medical cover and maternity leave for women.
The salary is okay too since an accountant makes between Ksh. 75,000 and Ksh. 90,000 per month.
The better news is that this giant firm has a designated breastfeeding area where mothers can breastfeed their babies.
This company bragged the African Employer of Choice Award in 2015.
3. East Africa Breweries Limited (EABL)
This is a giant beer and spirits manufacturer in East Africa. The environment is worker friendly and the salaries are good.
A 2014 survey conducted by Deloitte listed EABL as the best company to work for in Kenya. Graduate trainees make from between Ksh. 100,000 and 120,000 per month.
The company has won two awards related to employee well-being: The Best Company to Work for in Kenya Award in 2012 and the Employer of the Year Awards in 2015.
4. Centum Investment
Centum is a public investment company. This company employs top students from local universities.
Fresh graduates who perform well can get a job as management trainees earning impressive packages.
A fresh graduate can earn between Ksh. 90,000 and 150,000 per month and attractive bonuses which can be in millions of shillings.
Apart from the fat check and bonuses, employee welfare is taken care of as there is room for growth and skill development.
5. Unilever Kenya Ltd.
Unilever is a good employer not just because of the attractive salaries but its focus on employee growth. The company has put in place structures to encourage growth among its employees.
Graduate trainees make between Ksh. 90,000 and Ksh. 120,000 per month.
It won the Top Employers Kenya Award 2016 and this is proof that it focuses on creating an exceptional work environment and nurturing talent at all levels of the organization.
KenGen is the leading electricity generating company in Kenya. The company has been ranked as one of the most attractive employers in Kenya.
Engineers at KenGen make at least Ksh. 150,000 per month.
This company would look good on your resume in addition to giving you a platform to earn good money and develop skills.
7. KRA – Kenya Revenue Authority
KRA is Kenya’s Caesar and a top government employer. Graduate trainees make anywhere between Ksh. 70,000 and Ksh. 80,000 per month.
There is definitely a reason to try and have this employer in your resume.
8. Nation Media Group (NMG)
NMG is one of the leading media corporations in Kenya. The company is one of the best paying media houses and, in addition, employees have ample room for growth.
You also get to work in an environment with an impressive workplace culture and platforms for talent development.
Journalists at entry-level make between Ksh. 75,00 and Ksh. 120,000 per month.
Deloitte named NMG as one of the top five best employers in Kenya 2013.
If you can add NMG to your resume, you can definitely increase your chances of working with giant media companies in the world.
9. PricewaterhouseCoopers Kenya
PwC is a leading firm offering advisory, tax, assurance and auditing services. This company offers numerous job opportunities to fresh graduates.
The packages are definitely A-Okay even though you have to work extra hours. Fresh graduates earn between Ksh. 80,000 and Ksh. 100,000 per month.
The company’s working environment is quite competitive but this is acts as a drive for better growth.
10. British American Tobacco
BAT manufactures cigarettes. It is a well-paying institution as graduate trainees earn between Ksh. 100,000 and Ksh. 120,000 per month.