Dulsco named in Top 10 company to work for in UAE

The results are in from CW's sister title, Arabian Business.

Dulsco recently marked 75 years of operations in the UAE.
Dulsco recently marked 75 years of operations in the UAE.

Dulsco has been named as one of the Top 10 companies to work for in the UAE, according to a poll by CW's sister title Arabian Business.

The employees have spoken and the results are in. The best places to work in the UAE include tech powerhouse Microsoft Gulf, FedEx, Pepsi Co and hospitality chain Marriott, according to the first ranking of local firms by the Great Place To Work Institute.

The list reveals that, even in a tough job climate, a rare few employers dole out treats such as five-day bonding breaks in exotic locations, days off for volunteer community work and – in one case- monthly staff celebrations.

The rankings are based on questionnaires sent to a random batch of employees at each company, which cover issues such as company culture, communication and perks. This is teamed with an audit of each company, including pay and benefit programmes and hiring policies.

“It feels great to be aligned with the best in the industry. The management and staff well deserve the accolades. Our customers have also contributed to the contentment, loyalty and engagement of our workforce,” said Prakash Parab, director, Dulsco, Waste Management Services.

“We believe having a high retention of employees has, to a great extent, been instrumental in making Dulsco one of the Top 10 companies to work for in the UAE.

“This recognition has only reinforced our commitment to continue to provide the best of services to our customers, associates and employees. Our people strategy has been guided by honesty and transparency, courtesy, and an effective two way communication between management and employees.”

Taking the No.1 spot in the poll is tech powerhouse Microsoft Gulf, a company that boasts a shopping list of benefits for its employees. Work here, and you can expect perks such as a worklife balance –it’s pledged in the company’s charter – and three days off a year to devote to community volunteer work.

And Microsoft’s corporate attitude isn’t hurting the bottom line –the company raked in $16.2bn worldwide in its latest first quarter profits.

In at No.2 is the global delivery firm, FedEx, whose philosophy of ‘people-service-profits’ promises to put its employees first. The approach seems to be working, with its staff ranking it highly on corporate culture and communication.

And should you need further proof of its corporate conscience, let’s remember that FedEx - at the peak of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico – shipped thousands of turtle eggs to the unaffected Atlantic coast. For free.

Soda giant PepsiCo Asia, Middle East and Africa snatches the No. 3 spot in the list. Its ranking is based on its PepsiCo values- which, for the uninitiated, include a promise to back diversity, and to ‘speak with truth and candour’ – which it audits itself against, to check the company is hitting the mark. Company perks aren’t revealed, but we imagine they include all the soda you can drink.

PepsiCo reported global revenues of $15.5bn in the third quarter of 2010.

Hospitality conglomerate Marriott won points for its ‘spirit to serve’ philosophy, which says its people are its most important asset. To back it up, CEO Bill Marriott’s annual letter is distributed in 28 languages to its diverse workforce. Marriott comes in at No.4.

Big Pharma gets a bad rap – but not, it would seem from its employees. Merck Serono takes the No.5 spot based on a corporate culture that backs teamwork and knows how to reward its staff. Work here and you can expect a four or five-day break every year in an exotic location, to celebrate your hard graft, mix with your colleagues and plan for the year ahead.

Dubai-based furniture store THE One ranks as the top home-grown company, in at No.5. Founded by the Swedish tycoon Thomas Lundgren, the firm operates a string of furniture stores across the UAE known for their quirky style. (Employees are described as more of a tribe than a workforce.)

The company scored points for its Oneunderworld Programme, a one-on-one store village adoption programme which provides villages in underdeveloped countries with healthcare services and alternative income projects.

Despite posting a relatively small third quarter profit in 2010, investment bank SHUAA Capital has still scored highly when it comes to staff happiness. Shuaa won praise for its phased development scheme that ensures staff members have the skills they need to be successful, before being promoted.

Employee suggestions are taken seriously at this UAE-based job seekers website, Bayt.com. The firm, the study reveals, considers such employees suggestions to be the “reservoirs of business ideas” and as such, Bayt.com offers all staff access to internal sites to pitch their business ideas and share experiences. No reason for Bayt.com employees to be searching for new jobs then.

Abu Dhabi-based Zayed University is the only public sector company to make it to the list, coming in at No. 9. The university was highly commended for its inclusiveness which aims to “recognise people the way they want to be recognised”. Fostering a culture of appreciation is also considered an important attribute among employees at the university.

Sliding in at the No.10 spot to round off the list is local firm Dulsco, whose operations span everything from marine services to HR. By all measures, 2010 was a good year for Dulsco, as it marked 75 years of operations in the UAE. To celebrate, employees were treated to monthly celebrations that spanned the entire year. Little surprise then, that staff morale is high.

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