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Revealing the 20 Best Places to Work

Revealing the 20 Best Places to Work

Media release

21 January 2003

Revealing the 20 Best Places to Work

10,000 employees rate their bosses and workmates

- An entire workforce is flown to Australia for a long weekend.

- A staff competition has a new car as the top prize.

- Fellow staff get to say who the company will hire next.

- A company that organises its staff into families, villages and tribes.

These are just a snapshot of how New Zealand's best employers are treating their workers. The stories are revealed in the new Unlimited Best Places to Work, New Zealand largest employee survey.

Over 10,000 employees from 120 companies rated their own workplaces to find New Zealand's 20 best places to work.

For the first time, the survey, now in its third year, also identifies the top five large, mid-sized and small workplaces.

The winners are:

Best large organisation

Flight Centre

Best mid-sized

Microsoft New Zealand

Best small organisation

Henry Schein

Best overall organisation

Henry Schien

The survey is a joint venture between Unlimited magazine, New Zealand's leading business magazine, and John Robertson & Associates, specialists in human resources and employee surveys. The survey is the largest of its kind in New Zealand and has become a key award in the business calendar.


The complete list of winners follows.

The top 20 workplaces Ranking Company 1 Henry Schein Regional/Regional Health 2 BT Funds Management (NZ) 3 Express Data NZ 4 Microsoft New Zealand 5 Information Tools 6 Intergen 7 Waikato District Council 8 Flight Centre (NZ) 9 Eli Lilly and Company (NZ) 10 The Marketplace Company (M-co) 11 Vector (results recorded prior to acquisition of United Networks) 12= New Zealand Pharmaceuticals 12= Sellagence 14 James & Wells 15 GlaxoSmithKline 16 AMI Insurance 17 Central Hawkes Bay District Council 18 Natural History of New Zealand 19 WEL Energy Group 20 Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Small (less than 100 staff)

Henry Schein Regional/Regional Health

BT Funds Management (NZ)

Express Data NZ

Information Tools


Medium (100 to 399 staff)

Microsoft New Zealand

Waikato District Council



Natural History of New Zealand

Large (more than 400 staff)

Flight Centre (NZ)

AMI Insurance

Lion Breweries New Zealand

Fisher & Paykel Healthcare



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