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STEAK LAUNCHED WITH the mission "Rare medium, well done", and although the digital marketing agency does a lot more on today's crowded internet, its 72 people don't get burnt out. The London-based firm scores best overall for Wellbeing (72% positive for questions on this factor). Everyone enjoys a free breakfast and staff are also offered subsidised massages. They have annual leave from 25 to 33 days and can negotiate flexible working to fit around a new family or external study. The company was founded in 2005 to help clients improve their visibility on search engines. Now that the internet is no longer rare, the firm works more generally to promote businesses such as PC World, Virgin Holidays and Currys. Employees, known as "steakites", say their jobs are good for personal growth (88%) and the experience of working here is valuable for the future (87%). There's an in-house training programme on new products and services, while external partners such as Google come in to train staff on their own industry developments. People can request extra training from an £18,000 budget. The firm recently collectively developed a new business plan and 18-month goals, so employees feel that managers and senior managers listen rather than just tell them what to do (82%). One of the organisation's values is meritocracy, so everyone has profit-related pay, people nominate the "most valued player", who wins £100 at the monthly meeting, and anyone can post on the company blog. Everyone feels fairly treated (80%) and nobody uses intimidation to get what they want (88%, in 17th place, its highest ranking). Meanwhile, there are opportunities to cut loose and have fun at events such as a Christmas party for all at Disneyland Paris. www.steakdigital.co.uk

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Personal Growth

97% of staff agreed

The experience I gain from this job is valuable for my future

Each month, all employees at STEAK are encouraged to nominate their 'most valued player' (MVP). This is somebody that they consider to have contributed most significantly to the STEAK team. The winner is announced at the monthly company meeting, and receives a certificate and £100.

Giving Something Back

97% of staff agreed

My organisation encourages charitable activities

At STEAK, training is incredibly important. All staff are encouraged to communicate where they want to develop and a suitable course is sourced and paid for. Staff are able to seek training at every level of the organisation.

Leadership

94% of staff agreed

I have a great deal of faith in the person leading this organisation

The senior management at STEAK are extremely approachable. New starters are taken for lunch by the CEO and COO so they can introduce themselves properly and to ensure all staff members feel comfortable approaching them. STEAK has a process that seeks to engage all employees in the development of the business plan and overall goals for the company. The management, with the help of an external consultant, spent several sessions defining the overall goal for the business, setting them out in a ‘roadmap', which was then shared with the rest of the company through an all-company meeting. Since then, each team has works together to agree their own ‘roadmaps', including team goals and objectives, and the things they want to achieve to help support the overall business vision. Involving all employees in the process has meant a much greater levels of engagement and ‘buy ins' to the business plan. The team goals and objectives have now also been cascaded down into individual objectives for the coming year through the appraisal process, so everyone is working to achieve a common goal that is understood by everyone.

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