UM leads seven media firms on BRW's Best Place to Work

By AdNews | 27 June 2013
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UM Australia has been named the 11th 'best place to work' in Australia, the highest ranked of the seven marketing, advertising and media companies to make the cut on BRW's list.

Other media companies on the BRW Best Places to Work top 50 were Meltwater Group at 24th, OMD in 39th and Octagon Australia in 43rd. Match Media came in at 45th place, MediaCom was ranked 46th and Adconion was 47th.

In the survey, workplaces are ranked on key psychological indicators, such as the employees' trust in their employers and the level of pride employees take in their work.

Mat Baxter, chief executive of UM Australia, said the Best Places to Work ranking was particularly important in media, an industry often criticised for a lack of work life balance and for high staff churn. He said: "I'm enormously proud of my management team for fostering such a positive work culture and keeping staff so engaged."

BRW editor James Thomson said in a press release that the interesting shift in this year's Best Places To Work is that workplace atmosphere and the work itself are considered more important to employees than in previous years. The survey found that the key contributor to employee satisfaction was 'customisation'.

OMD launched the 'OMD Academy' which included a fully-automated LMS (Learning Management System), which allowed staff to conduct online training modules and webinars on their own timeline. Peter Horgan, chief executive of OMD Australia, said: 'Our consistent focus on our people is ingrained in our culture." OMD being named in the top 50 best places to work for the last five consecutive years.

Trading company Optiver topped the list, followed by tech company Altassian and data manager NetApp Australia.

The BRW Best Places To Work survey is published by the international organisation Great Place to Work. Great Place to Work opened its Australian office in 2007 and began its publishing partnership with BRW in 2009. The event was held at the Ivy in Sydney last night.

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