Here’s 7 non-tech companies who are currently recruiting for new staff to join their workforce:
About: Adidas supplies sportswear, equipment and shoes ranging from amateur to pro athlete. Known for its signature three stripe logo, Adidas has a retail presence in 170 countries and is one of the world’s top sporting goods manufacturers.
Why they’re cool: Adidas aims to shape the future of sport, which is a pretty cool mission statement in any-ones view. They work hard to embrace the future in everything they do, including adopting flexible working hours for employees and offering the option for working from home for some roles. Employee benefits are top notch too with the introduction of ‘myTime’ allowing employees to save a portion of their salary or approved overtime and convert it into paid holiday, sabbaticals, family care, early retirement, or further education.
What employees say: “Incredible Company. Proud and dignified in every way. Very strong and successful in the retail world and this makes you motivated and satisfied to be part of the family.” –Adidas Current Employee, Birmingham.
About: Baringa Partners is an independent business and technology consultancy, helping businesses run more effectively, reach new markets and navigate industry shifts. They use industry insights, pragmatism and original thought to help each client transform their businesses.
Why they’re cool: Change is at the forefront of this business. Other than their values (which always stay true), they do nothing today the way they did it 10 years ago, and they will do nothing 10 years from now the way they do it today. The business aims to change and evolve to meet both clients and employees’ needs. Determined to ensure their employees are at the top of their game and constantly learning, Baringa allocates every member of staff an annual budget to spend on a range of courses. Besides ensuring clients receive the most up-to-date and capable people in the industry, it’s their way of supporting staff to fulfil their personal career ambitions.
What employees say: “Has a straight-forward business model that works – focused on people and clients. Open to ideas, getting more progressive as we grow. Strong core values.” – Baringa Partners Management Consultant, London.
About: A lifestyle brand offering premium luxury clothing for men and women. Gant, stylized as GANT, is an international clothing brand headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. It is recognized as the brand that brought button-down shirts to the mass-market. The company also introduced an award winning button tab and the “locker loop” to the back of its shirts.
Why they’re cool: Founded by an immigrant with a visionary dream, this fashionwear company has a rich heritage that goes all the way back to 1947. With an ethos of quality and integrity, they have remained true to their values despite economic turbulence and have been providing stunning clothing for over fifty years. They are also great to their employees with a range of perks including half price on items, half price on sale items and fantastic insurance benefits.
What employees say: “Good staff, very helpful people and a very good place to work.” – Gant Sales Consultant.
About: Specialists in personal injury as well as medical negligence, supporting clients in dealing with a range of medical challenges.
Why they’re cool: Social is a key focus within Fletchers, they create a real community feel offering a number of fantastic opportunities to their colleagues including a social committee, a company sports team and free Christmas and Summer socials. They also offer great perks for employees’ personal lives including Costco membership (worth it for the free samples alone,) free NVQs, childcare vouchers and discount gym memberships.
What employees say: “Big open plan office, very sociable. Everyone is friendly and a lot of opportunities to progress for a right person. You can get promoted within few months if they see you are right fit. Good bonus scheme, can add quite something to your monthly salary.” Fletchers Solicitors Employee, Southport.
About: UK manufacturer building its engines and transmissions at plants in Dagenham and Bridgend. Part of the European arm of Ford it supplies cars to the UK market as well as to mainland Europe.
Why they’re cool: Offering its employees 26 days of holiday a year, annual holiday bonus payments, on-site gyms at most locations and a years’ paid maternity leave for female employees, they clearly take employee relations seriously. Most impressively, as a staff member you also have access to the Privilege Car scheme which means you and your family can purchase up to three cars at a highly discounted rate every nine months.
What employees say: “Job for life, good pay, easy work, fun, proactive environment. Big with the ability to travel around the world with your role.” Ford Former Employee – London.
Immediate Media Company
About: A creative, innovative company with offices in London, Bristol, Camberley and Manchester the Immediate Media Company create powerful content for a range of brands. Creativity, innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit define their culture, so working with them is both stretching and rewarding. They’re a company that loves to evolve and have created a culture which encourages people to give their best and thrive. Having won Media Company of the Year in 2015 (an extremely prestigious award) and with over 74 million magazines sold annually the Immediate Media Company is a pretty impressive company to work for.
Why they’re cool: A great starting block for graduates, the Immediate Media Company offers some awesome opportunities to get into publishing, with a range of titles you can really explore a number of different industries to find the right one for you. They also invest in training their staff offering an Integral Leadership Programme, which consists of a ten day course run over six months by an industry leading coach as well as a dedicated partner who helps staff improve their sales.
What employees say: “Immediate Media are very friendly and they always celebrate success by great parties and gatherings and are always giving awards to people that work hard. I love working here and see myself here for the foreseeable future. Everyone is always positive and it makes it a great environment to work in.” Immediate Media Company Current Employee in Bristol, England.
Intercontinental Hotels Group
About: IHG® is one of the world’s leading hotel companies with more than 350,000 people working in over 5,000 hotels across almost 100 countries to deliver Great Hotels Guests Love®. They own some of the biggest names in travel and tourism including the Holiday Inn and the slightly more luxurious Crowne Plaza.
Why they’re cool: Obviously the travel perks are cool – including discounted room rates for employees which also extends to family and friends. They also offer flexible working at corporate offices and hotels as well as discounts or subsidies for local facilities.
What employees say: “As this is a multinational organisation there are so many opportunities. Great benefits. Would love to work here again. They continue to grow because they look after their people.” IHG employee, Dudley.
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