Kenya’s Best 100 Companies To Work For 2019

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best 100 companies to work for in kenya 2018

Today we released the 2019 Best 100 companies to work for report, a compilation of sought-after employers in Kenya, as voted by current, former and prospective employees.

Here at BrighterMonday, we are thrilled to congratulate the winners. These employers have made a deliberate effort to make their offices a place employees feel a sense of pride and belonging.

In case you are an employer wondering how to boost your brand position, our guide to employer branding might help. If you need tips on recruiting, workplace issues, developing talent and employee retention, check out the Employer’s Corner for these and more.

First, here are the top 10 companies in the Best 100 list

Best 10 of the best 100 companies in kenya
Best 10 of the Best 100 companies in Kenya

See all the companies that made the 2019 list in the infographic below.

the best 100 companies to work for in kenya 2018

Leading companies in different industries

top 5 ict companies in kenya
Top 5 ICT companies in Kenya in Employee Satisfaction
Top 5 companies leading in the Financial Industry whose employees are happiest
best 4 manufacturing companies in kenya
Best manufacturing companies leading in employee satisfaction
best fmcg companies scoring high in employee satisfaction
Best FMCG companies in Kenya scoring high in employee satisfaction

So, how did we determine the 2018 best 100 winners?

The main factors we used to determine the best 100 companies are attributes that matter most to employees. These include;

  • Pride: How employees feel about working in the company. Is their sense of belonging strong enough for them to recommend someone else to work for their employer?
  • Culture: How engaged are employees? Do they feel like they are living the company’s vision and mission?
  • Career growth: Do these companies provide opportunities for upward mobility as well as lateral development?
  • Diversity and inclusion: Do the companies provide opportunities for diversity and inclusion where different people from different background thrive?
  • Competitive pay package: How competitive their remuneration packages are.
key company attributes of employee satisfaction

We sent online surveys to our database of over 800,000 employees and analysed feedback from current and former employees of companies listed. Respondents were expected to provide information on defining attributes like gender, age and their level of experience. This data was then analysed and clustered to create the report.

There are some interesting demographic insights

We were able to get some insights into how different demographic and job experience segments think: their motivations, their desire to leave their current companies, their overall satisfaction etc.

Some highlights include:

  • Men occupy more senior level jobs while women take up more entry-level and mid-level jobs.
  • There is a higher percentage of male earners in the higher salary bracket.
  • There is a higher percentage of employees who are not willing to recommend their employer.  
  • The level of job satisfaction is low in both male and female employees, but lower in the female employees.
  • Female respondents posed a greater flight risk (willing to leave their current place of work) when compared to their male counterparts.
  • Younger employees have a positive perception of their companies but they are still willing to leave when better opportunities come knocking.
  • Both men and women value the same traits in a company. The top 3 traits being: Good Pay, Job Security, and Proximity to Home.

These are just a few, more insights are contained in the report.  You can download the full report here.

How to build a stronger employer brand

Do you wish to appear in the next best 100 companies ranking? Would you like to improve your employee retention strategy? You need to begin working on improving the aspects of your company that your employees consider important to them.

  • Give your employees a sense of pride: Your vision, mission and values should make your employees proud to be associated with. Support them with tools they need to embody your vision.
  • Rethink your culture: Culture is a sum total of employee engagement and how well the company vision lives through them. Create such an environment. Involve them in shaping the company culture.
  • Provide career growth opportunities: Provide opportunities for upward mobility and lateral progress.
  • Encourage and implement diversity and inclusion: Diversity and inclusion encompass all spheres that make people unique and special, not just gender. Ensure your workplace has an environment where anyone of any race, age, tribe, and gender, can thrive without discrimination.
  • Endeavour to provide a competitive pay package: Work to ensure your remuneration packages are competitive in your industry. If your budget cannot allow you to compete with more established competitors, consider offering attractive benefits.

Once again, congratulations to the best 100 companies, and thank you for living your true branding inspiration through your employees.

Download the full report for comprehensive analysis of the best 100 companies to work for survey.


afaricom has been ranked the best company to work for in Kenya, according to a new report that puts the mobile services provider ahead of United Nations, KenGen, Google and Kenya Revenue Authority. The ranking results from recruitment firm Brighter Monday’s 2018 Best 100 companies to work survey. Other companies in the top ten include Centum Investments, Kenya Power, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Unilever and Coca-Cola. [See full list below]

In determining the best 100 companies to work for, the survey looked at attributes that matter most to employees which include pride, culture, career growth, diversity, inclusion as well as competitive pay package. Brighter Monday says it used an online survey of its database of more than 800,000 employees and analyzed feedback from current and former employees of the companies listed.

“Respondents were expected to provide information on defining attributes like gender, age and their level of experience. This data was then analyzed and clustered to create the report,” the firm says.

According to the report, men occupy more senior level jobs while women take up more entry-level and mid-level jobs with a higher percentage of males on the higher salary bracket. The level of job satisfaction is low in both male and female employees, but lower in the female employees as they posed a greater flight risk (willing to leave their current place of work) when compared to their male counterparts.

The report further revealed that 60% of the employed earn salaries of less than Ksh50,000 while 21% earn between Ksh50,000 and Sh100,000. Eight per cent earn between Ksh101,000 and Sh105,000 and 6% between Ksh151,000 and Sh250,000. Just 3% of the respondents reported earning Ksh251,000 to Sh400,000, while only 2% said they earned more.

Meanwhile, younger employees have a positive perception of their companies but they are still willing to leave when better opportunities come knocking. Both men and women value the same traits in a company. The top 3 traits being: Good Pay, Job Security, and Proximity to Home.

LIST OF THE TOP 100 COMPANIES TO WORK FOR IN KENYA IN ORDER OF RANKING

  1. SAFARICOM
  2. UNITED NATIONS,
  3. KENGEN
  4. GOOGLE
  5. KENYA REVENUE AUTHORITY
  6. CENTUM INVESTMENTS
  7. KENYA POWER
  8. PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS (PWC)
  9. UNILEVER
  10. COCA-COLA
  11. DELOITTE
  12. KENYA PIPELINE COMPANY
  13. KENYA AIRWAYS
  14. KENYA COMMERCIAL BANK (KCB)
  15. KENYA PORTS AUTHORITY (KPA)
  16. KPMG
  17. BAT
  18. MICROSOFT
  19. WORD BANK
  20. NGO
  21. ORACLE
  22. CENTRAL BANK OF KENYA (CBK)
  23. BIDCO
  24. CYTONN
  25. PROCTOR & GAMBLE (P&G)
  26. PENDA HEALTH
  27. TOTAL
  28. ANDELA
  29. GENERAL ELECTRIC
  30. GOVERNMENT OF KENYA
  31. WORLD VISION
  32. GLAXOSMITHKLINE
  33. AMREF
  34. BALLORE
  35. BROOKSIDE
  36. IBM
  37. KENYA REDCROSS
  38. TETRA PARK
  39. UNEP
  40. KTDA
  41. BRITAM
  42. EQUITY BANK
  43. GENERAL MOTORS
  44. ILRI (INTERNATIONAL LIVESTOCK RESEARCH INSTITUTE)
  45. KENYA AIRPORTS AUTHORITY (KAA)
  46. TOYOTA
  47. BAMBURI
  48. BRITISH COMMISSION
  49. DAVIS &SHIRTLIFF
  50. DHL
  51. KENYA BREWERIES LTD (KBL)
  52. NHIF
  53. PLAN INTERNATIONAL
  54. UNICEF
  55. EACC (ETHICS & ANTI-CORRUPTION COMMISSION)
  56. NATION MEDIA GROUP (NMG)
  57. BARCLAYS BANK
  58. COMMERCIAL BANK OF AFRICA (CBA)
  59. G4S
  60. ICEA LION
  61. JUBILEE INSURANCE
  62. KEBS
  63. MCKINSEY & COMPANY
  64. MICHELLE COTTS
  65. NESTLE
  66. VIVO ENERGY
  67. ROYAL MEDIA SERVICES
  68. TULLOW
  69. STANBIC BANK
  70. AIRTEL
  71. CO-OPERATIVE BANK
  72. GEOTHERMANL DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (GDC)
  73. JOHNSON & JOHNSON
  74. KENYA NATIONAL BUREAU OF STATISTICS (KNBS)
  75. KENYA WINES AGENCY (KWAL)
  76. KIBOS SUGAR
  77. KNIGHT FRANK
  78. MAERSK
  79. MONSANTO
  80. NAIROBI WATER
  81. SPORTPESA
  82. SAMSUNG
  83. SAROVA HOTELS
  84. SERENA HOTELS
  85. TATA
  86. ICRAF
  87. KENYA NATIONAL HOSPITAL
  88. SAVE THE CHILDREN
  89. AAR
  90. BRIGHTER MONDAY
  91. AIG
  92. ALEXANDER FORBES
  93. BAYER
  94. BOMILL
  95. BONFIRE ADVENTURES
  96. CHILD FUND
  97. NAIROBI CITY COUNTY
  98. CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES (CRS)
  99. FAIRMONT
  100. HEINEKEN

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