Last week Merlin Entertainments achieved one of the ultimate recognitions for any employer in the UK, and worldwide, when the company made it to 15th position in the prestigious 2015 Sunday Times 25 Best Big Companies to Work For – a gigantic leap forward from last year’s ranking of 119th!
Over 1000 organisations from a wide range of industries participated in the Sunday Times “Best Companies” survey to measure the engagement of their employees. The survey carried out amongst employees of each organisation, covered 8 key engagement areas: My Manager, Leadership, My Company, Personal growth, My Team, Giving Something Back, Fair Deal, Wellbeing. The responses from these surveys are collated and combined to produce an overall engagement score for each organisation. Only the organisations with the highest levels of engagement qualify for inclusion in the 25 Best Big Companies list.
Commenting Tea Colaianni Group HR Director for Merlin said. “This is a fantastic achievement for Merlin, and a testament to our continuing investment in our people and in their training and development; and the hard work of our managers and HR teams around the globe. People are at the heart of Merlin’s success. However much we invest in ‘hardware’ and attraction design and development, it is our people who ultimately create the unique, buzzing, fun and magical environment we work in and which delivers the amazing visitor experience for which Merlin is known. This Award is also very important to us because it is based on feedback from our own teams, and reflects what it means for them to work at Merlin. We were very proud to read their comments, and while this is a UK based survey our own internal feedback shows that the sentiments that they expressed are echoed worldwide across the Merlin ‘family’. “
Merlin’s Magical CEO
This year Best Companies have also partnered with Comic Relief – one of the UK’s most fun and successful annual fund raising programmes which helps children all over the world – to celebrate their 15th anniversary and raise £100,000 for Red Nose Day – the pinnacle of the Campaign. One of their fund raising ideas is #CEO Selfie – persuading high profile CEO’s to post a selfie and encourage donations! To see Merlin CEO Nick Varney’s Selfie – and to donate (if you are in the UK) visit http://www.ceoselfie.co.uk/