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AS WORKING ENVIRONMENTS go, the UK headquarters of business intelligence software and services firm SAS is hard to beat. Set in the grounds of the 110-acre Wittington Estate on the banks of the River Thames in Buckinghamshire, it boasts a Grade II-listed mansion, an arboretum, a boathouse-turned-meeting room and staff allotments created by the company's gardeners in response to a suggestion from an employee. SAS, which opens its grounds to the public to fundraise for charity under the National Gardens Scheme, gets a big thumbs-up from its people for its approach to corporate social responsibility. The firm has installed energy-efficient boilers in Wittington House and solar panels in its cricket pavilion, which is used by the local community. It wins a top-10 positive score of 81% for genuinely caring about the environment, ranking it ninth. It also encourages charitable activities (87%) by matching the funds raised by colleagues and giving them three extra days off each year to do charity work. There are 466 people in five offices across the UK, which make up part of a global network of 400 branches in 50 countries. Staff say they are proud to work for the company (83%) and they love their jobs (76%). The firm's philosophy is a simple one: satisfied employees create satisfied customers. So it pays its workers decent wages and helps them grow professionally. Consultants can expect a basic salary of £48,238, and half the team earn £55,000 or more a year. The personnel are happy with their pay and benefits (63%), which include free private healthcare, free sports facilities and a “lifestyle” benefit worth £500, and they find the experience they gain valuable for the future (78%). The fact that nine of the 16 senior managers were promoted from within is good news for staff. Everyone is given access to a huge selection of learning methods, both internally and externally. They receive financial support and time off to study, and social media courses are laid on. Employees find the training to be of great personal benefit to them (67%) and the firm wins our special award this year for Innovation in Engagement Practice. SAS, which last year staged its own rock festival, “SAS in the park”, to reinforce company goals and illustrate how each individual can play their part, takes its top performers and their partners for a long weekend to a five-star luxury spa hotel in Ireland. www.sas.com/uk

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Giving Something Back

96% of staff agreed

My organisation encourages charitable activities

SAS is committed to enhancing individual, team and organisational effectiveness in order to help SAS UK accomplish strategic goals. Providing access to cost effective, high-quality learning programs, resources and services tailored to the needs and requirements of the organisation. The aim is to encourage a culture of learning and knowledge sharing that supports the aspirations of employees and the organisation. There is support and guidance available to help employees and team take ownership of their own development. There is not an open programme of courses if the employee or team require anything from technical to soft skills, personal development to business skills, support and guidance is available and provided using the most suitable learning interventions.

My Company

93% of staff agreed

My work is an important part of my life

SAS is committed to enhancing individual, team and organisational effectiveness in order to help SAS UK accomplish strategic goals. Providing access to cost effective, high-quality learning programs, resources and services tailored to the needs and requirements of the organisation. The aim is to encourage a culture of learning and knowledge sharing that supports the aspirations of employees and the organisation. There is support and guidance available to help employees and team take ownership of their own development. There is not an open programme of courses if the employee or team require anything from technical to soft skills, personal development to business skills, support and guidance is available and provided using the most suitable learning interventions.

My Manager

85% of staff agreed

I feel that my manager talks openly and honestly with me

SAS UK actively uses the findings from the Best Companies to Work for survey to engage with its employees and show that it is listening to the feedback. Successful areas and those that require focus are highlighted at regular company meetings and departments focussed information is provided to managers to share with their teams. Workshops are run for departments to analyse the Best Company data for their team. An action plan for areas requiring improvement is drawn up and implemented. Focus groups were held to discuss particular areas requiring remedial action.

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