NDS UK Now part of Cisco Group

http://www.nds.com

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NDS WAS FOUNDED 17 years ago to find a secure way of encrypting television signals for a fledgling satellite broadcast operation, which ultimately became BSkyB. Since then its technology has transformed the way people watch television. NDS UK is not only one of the world's leading providers of software systems for set-top boxes, including the electronic programme guide (EPG), which allows viewers to navigate around myriad channels, it is also the name behind Sky+ which is now used in more than 5m British homes. With software that puts the Sky box into standby mode automatically overnight, saving millions of megawatt hours each year, and its work to develop technologies that will allow elderly people to live more independent lives, NDS makes a difference to the world, say employees, returning a 71% positive score in our survey. Staff are excited about where the organisation is going (73%). They feel secure in their jobs (71%) in a growing business, which last year recorded turnover in excess of £318m and pre-tax profits of more than £80m, up from almost £55m the year before. Staff are certainly in no hurry to leave. Almost 60% of the 691 employees have notched up at least five years' service. The Staines-based firm jumps 18 places up the list this year and gets its highest ranking for giving staff a Fair Deal. Employees give a 66% positive score when asked if they are happy with their pay and benefits. Flexible policies enable people approaching retirement to reduce their hours from 37 to 30 a week with no loss of pay, while workers can request up to five days' additional paid leave for trauma suffered as a result of a break-in or other home emergency. There are also two days' leave for charitable work, which NDS encourages (84%). Employees think the firm supports the local community (65%) and don't feel its good works are simply a quest for publicity (64%). These scores lift NDS to 34th place for Giving Something Back. www.nds.com

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88% of staff agreed

My work is an important part of my life

NDS Cool change initiative is a commitment made by the organisation to work towards being carbon neutral. The organisation has invested in reducing power consumption of Set Top Boxes and has installed an IT switch-it-off campaign in all offices. NDS has also invested heavily in high quality video conferencing rooms throughout the world which has dramatically reduced travel requirements between offices, therefore benefiting the reduction of carbon emissions. NDS continues to support various charities not only at a national level but also smaller local charities that are proposed by employees and agreed by the charities committee on an annual basis. Employees have utilised volunteering days to assist these charities and local schools with technical support such as website set up, painting and general maintenance and fundraising events. Employee fundraising is matched by the company whether undertaken at individual, team or organisational level.

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87% of staff agreed

I feel that my manager talks openly and honestly with me

NDS Cool change initiative is a commitment made by the organisation to work towards being carbon neutral. The organisation has invested in reducing power consumption of Set Top Boxes and has installed an IT switch-it-off campaign in all offices. NDS has also invested heavily in high quality video conferencing rooms throughout the world which has dramatically reduced travel requirements between offices, therefore benefiting the reduction of carbon emissions. NDS continues to support various charities not only at a national level but also smaller local charities that are proposed by employees and agreed by the charities committee on an annual basis. Employees have utilised volunteering days to assist these charities and local schools with technical support such as website set up, painting and general maintenance and fundraising events. Employee fundraising is matched by the company whether undertaken at individual, team or organisational level.

My Team

85% of staff agreed

People in my team go out of their way to help me

NDS Cool change initiative is a commitment made by the organisation to work towards being carbon neutral. The organisation has invested in reducing power consumption of Set Top Boxes and has installed an IT switch-it-off campaign in all offices. NDS has also invested heavily in high quality video conferencing rooms throughout the world which has dramatically reduced travel requirements between offices, therefore benefiting the reduction of carbon emissions. NDS continues to support various charities not only at a national level but also smaller local charities that are proposed by employees and agreed by the charities committee on an annual basis. Employees have utilised volunteering days to assist these charities and local schools with technical support such as website set up, painting and general maintenance and fundraising events. Employee fundraising is matched by the company whether undertaken at individual, team or organisational level.

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