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HR Asia awards PH’s ‘Best
Companies to Work for in Asia 2019’


Twenty-three Philippines companies have been named the Best Companies to Work for in Asia by the human resources publication, HR Asia.

This year, 7,210 employees from a total of 190 companies across Philippines responded to the HR Asia Best Companies to Work for in Asia Survey. The survey also covers ten other markets across Asia, including Hong Kong, China, Malaysia,Indonesia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnamand the United Arab Emirates.

Award winners this year include Monocrete Construction Philippines Inc, Puregold Price Club, Inc, Philam Group, White & Case Global Operations Center (Manila) LLP and Johnson & Johnson Philippines which has been named into the list the second year in a row as well as first time winners such as Globe Telecom, Union Bank of the Philippines and SM Prime Holdings.

“This year, we’ve rolled out our new Total Engagement Assessment Modelor T.E.A.M which takes our already robust Employee Input Survey (EIS) that covers emotional engagement (Heart), intention and motivation (Mind) and advocacy and behaviour (Soul) – and adds elements of collective consciousness (Think), workplace sentiment (Feel) and team dynamics (Do). This results in a unique 360 degree employee engagement survey that studies not just how much an employee is engaged, but also how are they engaged differently in a group environment, and in response to corporate initiatives,” says William Ng, group Publisher and editor-in-chief of Business Media International, the publisher of HR Asia.


Survey participants were asked affirmative statements about their employers, and either agree or disagree with each of the statements. Based on these answers across the survey,the top 3 areas that employees in Indonesia agree about their jobs are:

  1. We willingly assist colleagues who require assistance (Average score of 4.5/5);
  2. Our organisation has policies to encourage employees to gain additional skills/certifications (Average score of 4.11/5);
  3. Our organisation values clear and open communication with employees regardless of seniority / role(Average score of 4.1/5).

On the other hand, the 3 areas that scored the lowest in the survey (i.e. the ones which the employees feel their companies can improve on) are:

  1. Our organisation has a corporate-funded employee activity club / association (Average score of 3.2/5);
  2. Our organisation continues to communicate with former employees (Average score of 3.5/5);
  3. I am usually excited to return to work after the weekend (3.6/5);

With few exceptions, all the winning companies scored significantly higher in these areas compared to other participants. This indicates that employers that are more transparent, supportive of employees’ growth and lead by example, are more likely to be rated as a good workplace by their own employees.

This is echoed by some of the recipients.

“We have a proud history and we strongly believe in continuous improvement. We like comparing ourselves against our past performance and high performing companies within the industry we operate in. This year, we saw overwhelming results, showing higher scores in key components of a sustainably engaged workforce based on internal and external benchmarks. Personally, I feel the combined actions we have taken as ONE Alaska Team are far more compelling than the scores. Winning this award is just the beginning of our long AMC journey. It will inspire us even more to continue to challenge ourselves so we become a better Alaska year on year and continue to fulfill our commitment to providing affordable quality nutrition for every child in every Filipino home,” said Marco Bertacca, Managing Director, Alaska Milk Corporation.

“Winning this award is proof that our commitment to being people first, celebrating diversity, and encouraging innovation can build a winning culture. As an organization, we will continue to elevate our employee experiences because our people give us purpose,” said Sudhir Agarwal, CEO, C3 Customer Contact Channels.

“Care for employees is one of our corporate values. We are happy that our programs have created a conducive work environment for our people whom we consider our greatest asset and crucial to the attainment of our vision of becoming a total sustainable energy solutions provider. This award inspires us to do better and improve on our people management programs,” said Jaime Azurin, President, Global Business Power Corporation.

“Johnson & Johnson Philippines is a company united by core values as outlined in Our Credo.  As a company, we aspire to change the trajectory of health for humanity, and we begin with our people.  By investing in the health of our employees and their families, we know that we are also creating a healthier business and a healthier world.  Our innovative benefits and programs support the physical, mental and financial well-being of our employees and the people they love,” Raghu Krishnan, Managing Director, One J&J Philippines, said.

“This back to back recognition from HR Asia is a testament that Mundipharma Philippines continues to deliver on its commitment to provide a work environment conducive to productivity, safety, growth and well-being of our colleagues.  I dedicate this award to our people, the bedrock of our success, whose daily contributions make Mundipharma one of best places to work in the Philippines,” said Ian M. Santos, Country Manager.

“We are honored receiving this prestigious recognition. This is a great addition to the site’s list of achievements. The very good responses from the unbiased sample of our employees from the survey is already a win for us. This commendation is a testament of our commitment to make ON Semiconductor Philippines a great place to work for and provides good branding image to our community, fellows in the industry and the academe. Management commits to continue maintaining an engaged workforce,” said Anne Cordero, Human Resources Manager, ON Semiconductor Philippines Inc.

PhilAm group shared that “People are our core asset to achieve our vision. Our People Strategy helps us build capabilities for the future, foster a culture of high performance, and transform and modernize the way we work.”

Puregold Price Club, Inc. Management shared that “A business always starts with a vision. That becomes the guide, the whole organization’s direction. From the owners to the team, this vision is shared, incubated, and developed together, so that as the business grows, so does the team, in talent, collaboration, and engagement. A definite winning strategy for the advancement of our people, for serving our customers and for sustaining the growth of Puregold Price Club, Inc.”

“I’m extremely proud to receive this award ‘Best Companies To Work in Asia 2019’ for Robert Walters Philippines. We started our business 3 years ago and this fantastic achievement is a testament to the dynamic and positive cultures our staff have built over the years. We are committed to creating a positive environment and culture in which people can thrive and in return attract new employees to join our growing business,” said Andrea Dela Casa, Senior Manager Technology and Transformation – Manila, Robert Walters.

“It is truly an honor to be recognized as one of the Best Companies to Work for in Asia by a well-respected regional HR publication.  Giving back to all our stakeholders – our employees, customers and the communities we operate in – is at the heart of everything we do. Our HR programs are fundamental to the personal and professional growth of our employees. We will continue to enhance these programs to ensure our employees lead meaningful lives in and outside of the workplace,” said Shiju Varghese, Country Manager TCS Philippines.

“I am delighted to accept this award on behalf our employees and the employees belonging to our nationwide network of suppliers, distributors, and partners. This award is a manifestation of our core belief at Unilever: Companies with Purpose Last, Brands with Purpose Grow and People with Purpose Thrive. It consolidates our vision of Winning with Purpose by unleashing the power of our people through disruptive learning experiences, fostering collaboration, and embracing our rich diversity through making every person feel that they can bring their whole selves to work,” said Amrita Padda, VP Human Resources, Unilever Philippines.

“When UnionBank started our digital journey more than 2 years ago, our President made a promise to all our employees that no one gets left behind. It was a big challenge and making sure that we are able to bring our people in the journey has been worthwhile. Receiving the Best Company to Work For in Asia award is a great honor for us because it affirms that UnionBankers are our greatest resource,” said Michelle Rubio, UnionBank HR Director.

“UST Global is emerging as a leading Digital Company.  Our people strategy continues to focus on attracting, retaining and inspiring our people to make a significant impact with our customers and to transform lives.  Congratulations to our Asia HR team and our leadership for winning this award,” said Michael K. Adamson, Vice President, Global HR Operations.

“This award acknowledges our efforts in enabling our employees embody the Watsons values and brand promise of Look Good Feel Great. It has created a sense of purpose and a feeling of belongingness as a family for all of us. As we put smiles on our customers faces, we recognize that behind these are energetic, professional, happy and caring employees who are our true competitive advantage. This award is for our employees who continuously believe that making our customers look good feel great, creates a better world,” said Danilo S. Chiong, Chief Operating Officer, Watsons Personal Care Stores Philippines, Inc.

“This award is not the work of any one person or department. It takes the whole organization, filled with highly engaged team members at all levels, to make White & Case, GOC one of the best companies to work for in the country. This award is a total group achievement. Congratulations White & Case, Global Operations Center – Manila! Two years in a row!” said Carlo Mata, Director, Global Operations Center, White & Case.

“As Philippines continues to grow and be more closely integrated into the global market, the demand for Philippines talents will grow stronger, not just within Indonesia but also globally. As such, Philippines companies need to be more pro-active in creating a more conducive work environment and stronger employee engagement, to be able to retain their best talents,” Ng added.

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