The international development charity Oxfam has finished ahead of companies including Google and John Lewis to be ranked as the sixth-best organisation to work for, according to the jobs website Glassdoor.
Oxfam was the only charity to be named in Glassdoor’s 25 Best Places to Work 2016 UK list, compiled based on reviews from current and former employees that were recorded on the Glassdoor website between November 2014 and November 2015.
It is the first time a charity has featured in the UK list, which is in its second year and focuses on organisations with more than 1,000 employees that receive at least 25 reviews over the course of the year.
The top five companies in the list were the online travel company Expedia (which received a rating of 4.4 out of five), the recruitment company Hays, the digital agency AKQA, the industrial conglomerate GE and the shoe company Schuh. Google came eighth in the list, with a rating of 4.1, and John Lewis was in 16th place, with a rating of 3.9.
Oxfam received an average rating from employees of 4.1 and was praised in reviews as having strong values and a good work environment, enabling employees to effect change and help people around the world.
One ex-employee of the charity said in a review: "With a few employers to compare against, Oxfam is truly a great place to work. With such a huge range of business and programme activities, I'm amazed at how it operated together, and how everybody felt they had a stake in the success of the organisation. From top to bottom people were really committed to doing their best for the organisation."
Some of the more negative reviews of the charity mentioned the discrepancy between the remuneration of middle managers and senior managers and employees’ difficulties in maintaining a work-life balance.