Baringa Partners retains title as UK’s best place to work

Baringa Partners retains title as UK’s Best Place to Work for the second consecutive year.

Workplace culture earns specialist management consultancy top spot again, together with ‘Laureate’ status for ranking in the top 20 for five consecutive years

London, 27th May 2011: Baringa Partners has been named as the best place to work in the UK by The Great Place to Work®Institute for a second year. This marks Baringa’s fifth consecutive year in the Best Workplaces rankings, earning the management consultancy Laureate status. Today’s news follows a top 20 spot for Baringa Partners in the 2011 list of the ‘Best Small Companies to Work For’ published by The Sunday Times, reflecting Baringa’s ongoing commitment to investing in its staff and nurturing an excellent workplace culture.

“We are delighted to top the rankings as the best place to work for a second year, and to have been listed for five years running reflects our consistent drive and passion to ensure employees are working in a positive environment,” states Jim Hayward, Senior Partner at Baringa Partners. “We are extremely proud of our people.  For any consultancy with personnel often based on site with clients, maintaining a sense of corporate identity and a team environment can be difficult. However, our high-calibre employees have always been at the heart of our culture, and we encourage everyone who works here to have their say in the direction the company takes, and the core values we embrace. We are committed to identifying ways in which we can continuously improve as an organisation, both in terms of our culture and how we work and endeavour to do so based on ongoing feedback from our employees and clients.”

 As a leading consultancy in the energy, utilities and financial services sectors, Baringa Partners clinched top spot for the first time in last year’s Best Workplaces rankings, having placed second in 2008 and 2009 behind Google and Danone respectively. Baringa has continued to build on this, and was this year shortlisted in two special award categories – ‘Learning & Development’ and ‘Most Trusted Leadership’ – by The Great Place to Work® Institute, as well as being listed 7th in the ‘small and medium companies’ category for Europe.

“Baringa Partners attracts committed people with deep market-focused expertise and a track record of delivering outstanding service to clients,” Hayward continues. “Such employees deserve to be fully supported through their careers, even if they are not working in one central office. Rather than simply being an HR formality, we have processes ingrained throughout the company, with all new starters provided with a ‘buddy’ for the first year, whilst all staff are assigned a dedicated career advisor who acts as a mentor throughout the individual’s time at Baringa.”

In what can often be a male-dominated arena, Baringa makes a considerable effort to support its female employees, running a Women’s Forum to encourage staff to realise their full potential. There is also a twice yearly weekend away for employees and their partners, where team-building activities and a dinner feature on the agenda, whilst an annual Christmas party is held for the children of employees. Baringa has increased the number of female employees by 50 per cent in the last 12 months.

“The last year has seen our biggest growth to date, and we plan to continue this expansion and development in the firm across several dimensions.” adds Mohamed Mansour, Managing Partner, Baringa Partners. “I am proud that we have been able to maintain the strong workplace values we implemented when the company was established throughout our growth, and am confident that this will continue to benefit new and existing employees, and crucially, to translate to the work we do for our clients.”

More than 1.5 million employees across 40 countries are involved in The Best Workplaces Programme, making it the largest of its kind worldwide. The rankings include input from both management and employees ensuring the process captures all aspects of a workplace’s culture, values and successes.