Companies that adapted quickly to the pandemic while continuing to offer employees opportunities to advance their careers have ranked top among LinkedIn’s best places to work in Malaysia in 2021.
The professional networking site assessed companies’ performance through the unprecedented challenges of 2020 to formulate its list of 15 leading employers in each country.
Each company was measured across seven key factors said to lead to career progression: ability to advance; skills growth; company stability; external opportunity; company affinity; gender diversity; and educational background. Overall, those that managed to balance professional development with wellbeing support fared best.
“The past year has presented extraordinary challenges for so many around the world and our top companies methodology reflects these realities,” said Chris Anderson, senior news editor for Asia-Pacific at LinkedIn.
“This helped us surface companies who are investing in employee growth, as we navigate a world of work that’s forever changed by the global pandemic.”
To be eligible, companies had to have at least 500 employees in the country, with reductions in staff no higher than 10% as of Dec. 31, 2020.
Here’s a rundown of the full list.
Malaysia’s government-owned oil and gas company Petronas ranked as the country’s top employer in 2021. With a staff of almost 40,000 covering functions from engineering to energy, the company has been making progress in its push for gender equality. Women make up more than one-quarter (27%) of its workforce and the company welcomed its first woman chief financial officer last year.
- Permodalan Nasional Berhad
One of Malaysia’s largest fund management companies, government-linked Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB) placed second among the country’s leading companies. Quick to introduce flexible work arrangements at the start of the pandemic, it has since added stress and time management training for workers. Meantime, the company advocates professional development through its staff training and scholarship programs.
- Tenaga Nasional Berhad
Utilities company Tenaga Nasional Berhad ranked third this year as it forges ahead with its renewable energy strategy. The CEO has pledged to create more jobs over the coming years as the company moves away from fossil fuel technologies, including expanding its footprint in Vietnam and Singapore.
- AIA — Insurance
- Telekom Malaysia — Telecommunications
- Accenture — Information technology & services
- Maybank — Banking
- OCBC Bank — Banking
- PwC — Accounting
- Standard Chartered Banking — Banking
- EY — Accounting
- Axiata — Telecommunications
- Prudential plc — Financial services
- Intel Corporation — Semiconductors
- Hong Leong Bank Berhad — Financial services
This article was original post on CNBC.