Clearly not lacking in direction, employees at Compass report a supportive and fun-loving working environment. Nearly 75,000 of them are responsible for feeding large chunks of the UK through the company's expansive network of 8,500 outlets, providing everything from tea at hospital vending machines to caviar for executive dining.
Founded in 1941 as factory canteens for workers supporting the war effort, Compass Group now owns high-street brands such as Burger King, Harry Ramsden's and Upper Crust, with a global turnover of £10 billion.
Management scores highly with a string of top three scores among the 10 best big companies. A high 71% say their manager cares about their job satisfaction and 75% say they are told when they have done a good job (both top scores in our survey). Managers are excellent role models for 68% (another top score) and 76% say they are talked to openly and honestly by their boss (second).
Social events are fractured because of the company's size, but staff mix well: more than three-quarters laugh a lot with their team.
New starters spend five days training in their first year, and there are further options of NVQs, modern apprenticeships and management development programmes. Nearly 74% say they get managerial support when they need to learn new skills. A "Be a Star" programme rewards customer service excellence, and a "Great Ideas" scheme recognises 100 employees a year.
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