United Utilities honoured as one of the UK's best places to work in 2020

United Utilities, which provides water for the North West, has been honoured with a Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award, recognising the Best Places to Work in 2020. The company which employs more than 5,000 people is the only water company named in the list.

The Employees’ Choice Awards programme, now in its sixth year in the UK, is based solely on the input of employees, who elect to provide feedback on their jobs, work environments and companies on Glassdoor, one of the world’s largest job and recruiting sites.

Louise Beardmore, customer services and people director at United Utilities said: “We’re delighted to receive such a prestigious award, as it is solely based on our employees’ feedback.  We’re in a really privileged position supplying water and wastewater services to more than 7 million people in our region every day and our teams are at the forefront of that. We strive to create a culture where everyone feels included, from employees who have been with us many years to those just starting on their careers with us.

“We are proud of our contribution to the wider economic health of the region, responsible for 1 in every 150 jobs here in the North West, and helping to launch great careers with our award-winning apprenticeship and graduate schemes and our work to provide skills and opportunities for those who haven’t managed to benefit from education or training.”

“This year marks the shift to a culture-first decade in the workplace. Glassdoor’s Employees’ Choice Awards winners are prioritising their culture and mission and putting employees at the heart of everything they do. In turn, their employees have recognised them as truly the Best Places to Work in 2020,”  said Christian Sutherland-Wong, Glassdoor president, chief operating officer and incoming chief executive officer. “In addition, this year’s winners stand out for providing exceptional career growth opportunities and encouraging work which is driven by impact and purpose. Congratulations go to all of the companies this year who stand out in the eyes of their employees.”

On Glassdoor, current and former employees voluntarily and anonymously share insights and opinions about their work environments by sharing a company review, designed to capture a genuine and authentic inside look at what a specific job may be like at a particular company. When sharing a company review on Glassdoor, employees are asked to rate their satisfaction with the company overall, and key workplace factors like career opportunities, compensation and benefits, culture and values, senior management and work/life balance. In addition, employees are asked to describe the best reasons to work at their companies as well as any downsides.

Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work were determined using company reviews shared by UK-based employees between 23rd October 2018 and 21st October 2019. To be considered for the UK award, a company must have had at least 1,000 or more employees and have received at least 30 ratings across each of the eight workplace attributes from UK-based employees during the period of eligibility. The final list is compiled using Glassdoor’s proprietary algorithm, led by its Economic Research Team, and takes into account quantity, quality and consistency of reviews.

For the complete list of the Glassdoor Best Places to Work winners in 2020, please visit: https://www.glassdoor.co.uk/Award/Best-Places-to-Work-UK-LST_KQ0,22.htm