I’ve seen a lot of lists of ‘Best Companies to work for in Nigeria’ Some by Forbes. There was one from Jobberman in 2013 and there was another one from Great Place to Work Institute (GWI) in 2012.
While I quite agree with some of the lists, I couldn’t help but notice that a lot of people disagreed with the lists on several Nigerian forums and blogs.
So, I decided to do my own research and come up with my own list. This list is not in any way infallible as I believe that some people would still contest the validity of this list.
However, I have tried to be 100% unbiased and based my results on popular opinion, a survey of some of the company’s employees, standard of living of the employees, employee welfare and salary packages of these companies, job stability and turnover.
And let’s not forget, I have a couple of friends in some of these companies so I’m privy to some information. So here goes the list of top 10 best companies to work for in Nigeria as at December 2014:
1. Guiness Nigeria PLC
Guinness Nigeria is a member of Diageo which is a very well-known market leader in the production and distribution ofpremium drinks.
Guinness offers a very exciting and stimulating work environment for its employees with opportunities for self-fulfillment and personal improvement.Working withGuinness Nigeria Plc. exposes you to global opportunities and an attractive remunerationand welfare package.
2. First Bank Nigeria PLC
For a company that has been operating successfully in Nigeria for over 100 years, First Bank Nigeria Plc. deserves to be on this list.
What makes FBN an even more attractive company to workfor is the way they are able to compete with and even overtake some new generation banks; a feat that majority of the old generation banks couldn’t achieve. According to my findings, First Bank is one of the highest paying banks in Nigeria at the moment.
3. Total Nigeria PLC
Total Nigeria PLC is into oil and gas – one of the most lucrative industries in Nigeria and it’s only expected that they would make it to this list.
But that’s not the only reason why Total makes it to this list; they also offer attractive remuneration packages and a very conducive working environment for their numerous employees.
4. Glaxosmith Beecham Nig. PLC
Glaxosmith Beecham PLC is into manufacturing and distribution of drugs and related items. GSK as they are popularlycalled has over 97,000 employees across 100 countries and employs international standards in employee welfare and remuneration.
5. Nigerian Breweries
Our very own Nigeria Breweries makes it on the list too. Nigerian Breweries pays its workers well and treats them right too.
6. Shell DevelopmentCompany (SPDC)
Shell employs a very competitive recruitment procedure and that’s quite understandable considering the attractive remuneration and staff welfare package they offer.
7. Nestle Nigeria
Another great company to work for in Nigeria is Nestle Nigeria PLC. Nestle is one of the top wellness and Nutrition companies in the world. They offer their employees cars, attractive remuneration and bonuses amongst other things
Chevron is not only on the list of the best places to work in Nigeria, it’s also one of the best companies to work for in the world. Suffice to say that Chevron offers an all-in-one package and is the dream employer of the average Nigerian in the labor market.
9. Federal Government Civil Service
The federal government civil service makes it on this list for one reason- job stability.
You would agree with me that one of the most important things an employee wants from his job is job stability. I know of so many people who worked with the federal government civil service for 30-35 years, retired and are still getting paid pension till today.
Although the pay is not in anyway enviable, you are not going to wake up to a sack letter due to some downsizing operations someday.
If you want to work for a company where you would have fast career growthopportunities, attractive compensation and numerous benefits; then think Schlumberger.