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How We Chose the 2012 World’s Best Multinational Workplaces

Creating a great workplace is challenging enough. Being in the top 25 of all multinationals around the globe is tougher still.

Great Place to Work® selected the world’s best from nearly 5,700 companies that participated in Best Workplaces competitions during late 2011 to mid 2012 in the 45 countries in which we operate. Together, these companies employ more than 11 million employees, making the annual Great Place to Work study the largest of its kind in the world.

To begin the process, a company must apply to – and be accepted on – a national Best Workplace list. To be on a list, we assess the results of two studies: the Trust Index© Employee Survey and the Culture Audit© Management Questionnaire. Two-thirds of a company’s workplace culture assessment is based on the employee survey; one-third is based on the company’s policies and practices, as measured in the Culture Audit©.

Some 350 multinational corporations participated globally in our surveys. Of these, 250 appeared on one of our national Best Workplaces Lists, conducted in countries ranging from Argentina to Finland to Australia. Of these 250 best companies, 38 passed our additional eligibility criteria for the World’s Best Multinational Workplaces list. Here, we present the top 25 of these 38 – truly the “Best of the Best.”

Selection Criteria
  • Selected from 350 corporations
  • Appeared on at least 5 national Best Workplaces lists
  • Have at least 5,000 employees worldwide
  • Have at least 40% (or 5,000 employees) of their workforce based outside their home country
  • Extra points given for the number of countries where a company participated in a Great Place to Work® contest
  • Extra points given to companies based upon the percentage of the workforce represented by all Great Place to Work® surveys