KPMG has been named ‘Best Big Company to Work For’ for a third year in the Sunday Times’ Best Companies awards.
The professional services firm also scooped a lifetime achievement award in recognition of its ability to stay in the top three of the Best Big Companies ranking over the past five years.
The firm believes its success is largely due to the range of training, development and community work opportunities on offer to staff – including the launch of a two-day development course specifically for women.
Determining the outcome of the award were 51,000 employees from 49 companies who were canvassed for their opinions on their employers.
John Griffith-Jones, chairman of KPMG in the UK, said: “We are delighted and extremely proud to be named ‘Best Big Company to Work For’ for the third time. These awards reflect the views of employees themselves – that is why they are so valued. At KPMG, our aim is to create a workplace where individuals are respected, where there is a culture of openness and mutual support, and where teams work together to deliver the best possible service for clients.
“The state of the economy may be beyond our immediate control, but the way we work together is ours to choose. A sense of shared values and collective purpose will be more important than ever if companies are to weather the storm.”
Rachel Campbell, head of people at KPMG in the UK, added: “This award is all about our people, because ultimately it is individuals that make a team culture successful. We are very grateful to all our people for their hard work and support. We are determined to continue to be an employer of choice, whatever the economic conditions.”
In February, Personnel Today reported that 80% of KPMG’s 11,000-strong UK workforce agreed to back a new flexible working scheme to safeguard their jobs.