The 146,200 people who work for the Coca-Cola Company know it, and now it’s been made official by the Great Place to Work Institute, a global human resources consulting, research and training firm: Coca-Cola is a great place to work.
Each year, more than 10 million employees around the world take the Great Place to Work Trust Index Employee Survey, which measures employee engagement by asking employees for their opinions, attitudes and perceptions on the level of trust at their companies. And in the organization’s inaugural list of the World’s Best Multinational Workplaces, Coca-Cola made the grade, coming in at No. 23 on the list, for offices in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Peru and Spain. What’s more, Coca-Cola also earned a spot on the Great Place to Work Institute’s Latin America Regional Best Workplaces list.
The Company earned high marks for career and development programs, compensation and rewards policies and workplace environments, which include culture programs, flexible work arrangements and other benefits geared toward helping employees achieve work/life balance. Some of the benefits offered in Australia, for example, include a peer-nomination program designed to recognize people who are living the Company’s values, summer hours (employees are allowed to leave early on Fridays), onsite massages, free healthy snacks and free Coca-Cola products at work.
To be eligible for the Great Place to Work list, a company must have been recognized in at least five national Best Workplaces lists, have at least 5,000 employees worldwide and have at least 40 percent of its employees based outside its home country (where the company is headquartered).
This award dovetails with a key component of Coca-Cola’s 2020 Vision, the company’s plan to “get ready for tomorrow today,” providing employees with a roadmap for a successful future. One of the specific goals of the 2020 Vision is to be a great place to work, where people are inspired to be the best they can be.
This is one of many recent awards bestowed on the company, including being named to Fortune magazine’s list of World’s Most Admired Companies and Black Enterprise magazine’s Top Companies for Diversity, as well as Advertising Age’s declaration of Coca-Cola Marketer of the Year for 2011.
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