I’ve commented before that it’s easier for Western companies to win awards that are judged on Western standards, and also that Western companies are more inclined to apply for the awards in the first place, but for what it’s worth, Google Japan has come top again on “Great Place to Work” Institute of Japan’s annual survey along with Microsoft Japan at number 2 and American Express in third position.
Japanese companies in the top 10 are less well known outside Japan – Plan.Do.See. which is a hotel and restaurant planning and design consultancy (and offers “Party and Mice“!), Works Applications (software), Disco (saws, grinders and blades manufacturer), CyberAgent (internet advertising agency).
Better known Japanese multinationals in the top 25 are Brother (12), Ryohin Keikaku (the Muji store chain – 14), Horiba (16), Nomura Research (IT consulting arm of Nomura securities – 20) and Bandai.
The criteria used in the open ended question surveys are whether the employees trust the management of the company they work for, whether they have pride in their work, and whether they feel solidarity with their colleagues.
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