Google named best place to work in UK

Google has been named the UK's...

Google has been named the UK's best workplace to work by employees.

Google won its award from the Great Place to Work Institute, which based its decision on feedback surveys from Google's 650 employees in the UK.

The top fifty best companies list also includes IT firms Sapient and IT Lab.

Google was commended for its ability to embed its brand in all aspects of the organisation, with employees terming themselves "Googlers".

The best aspects of its start-up ethos, which made the company such a success, have been retained, said the institute.

"The organisation's investment in establishing a 'Google University' and European Learning and Development Team emphasises its commitment to employee development," the institute said.

"From TGIF (Thank Google It's Friday) sessions through to employees roaming offices on Segways, Google ensures that employees work in a stimulating and supportive environment," the institute said.

Every UK employee was given a bike last year to encourage staff fitness and highlight environmental sustainability.

Nikesh Arora, president of European operations at Google, said, "From the outset, every person has contributed to the unique culture we have - where everyone has an equal opportunity to innovate from the first day they join us, no matter what their role.

"The lava lamps, free food and dogs at work have all become famous symbols of the fun yet serious workplace we have built. But the challenge we set ourselves - of hiring the best possible people and giving them the chance to reach extraordinary achievements - is what makes Google such a special place to work."

The Top 10 UK's Best Workplaces 2008

1. Google

2. The Structure Group

3. Asthma UK

4. Impact

5. Novo Nordisk

6. Beaverbrooks

7. Academee

8. Fishburn Hedges

9. Yell

10. Admiral

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