The Top 10 Best Companies to work for in SA

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  • By PR Team
  • 17 November, 2017

When you are kick-starting your career, you pretty much have your eye on the top companies in your field.

You will have your reasons about why you are enthusiastic to work for these organisations. Primarily as a graduate, you will consider factors such as the companys influence in the industry, their values and career development opportunities. You would also look at what the demands of the job are, the requirements, and what is offered financially.

Another key aspect you may be looking at is employee benefits and how the company empowers employees. Further benefits to look out for are job security and stability, as well as company culture. These are also determining factors for talent retention.

In 2017, Universum released the Top 10 most attractive companies to work for in South Africa. The research provides rankings in sectors such as Business and Commerce, Humanities, Law professionals, Healthcare, Natural sciences and Engineering. This analysis can help you understand the latest overview of top-rated companies across the industries.

When students have discovered what course to study in university, they can choose a recognised education institution, so they qualify for opportunities in the industry. This means they have a chance to work for their dream company and go for the next step which is to apply for the job.

Top Employers in SA

Top Employers Institute has listed the Top certified Employers in SA, according to employee feedback. Here is a round-up of the top 10 employers in large sectors.

The certification recognises the accomplishments of organisations that are providing the highest standards in employee conditions.    

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AbbVie South Africa 


AbbVie is a global, bio-pharmaceutical company formed in 2013 following a split from Abbott Laboratories. With a 125-year heritage, AbbVie blends the energy of a biotech start-up with the expertise of an established pharma leader.

The company provides Total Rewards, which is a robust portfolio of compensation, benefits, recognition and well-being programmes that enable employees to meet their personal and professional needs. The company is always looking for top talent to join the business and offers the best work programmes for a prosperous career.

Source: https://www.abbvie.com/

Africa Rainbow Minerals 


African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) is a leading South African diversified mining and minerals company with long-life, low unit cost operations and significant growth opportunities.  

ARM offers graduates a career within a leading diversified South African mining and minerals company with excellent, long-life low-cost assets in key commodities.   

Source: http://www.arm.co.za/

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) 

Electronics, Energy, Engineering

CSIR undertakes directed and multidisciplinary research, technological innovation as well as industrial and scientific development to improve the quality of life of the countrys people. The organisation plays a key role in supporting government programmes through directed research that is aligned with the countrys priorities, the organisations mandate and its science, engineering and technology competencies.

If you are looking for a career with a leading science organisation that believes in developing and growing employees, then the CSIR is the organisation for you.

Source: https://www.csir.co.za/

Cell C (PTY) LTD 


Cell C is a leading South African mobile company, offering consumers a wide range of prepaid, hybrid and post-paid products and services, including voice, data and messaging services.

Our people are our greatest asset we say it often and with good reason. It's only with the determination and dedication of our people that we can serve our clients. 

Source: http://www.cellc.co.za/

BASF South Africa (PTY) LTD 

Automotive, Chemicals, Manufacturing

BASF is the worlds leading chemical company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products, and crop protection products to oil and gas.

BASF offers an incredible number of ways to enter the company and employs experts and professionals in a wide range of areas. Those looking for opportunities in the company can search careers that match their profile.

Source: http://www.basf.com/

Becton Dickinson (PTY) LTD


Becton Dickinson is a global medical technology company that is advancing the world of health by improving medical discovery, diagnostics and the delivery of care. BD leads in patient and healthcare worker safety and the technologies that enable medical research and clinical laboratories. 

Talented associates at all levels and in all disciplines are recruited to join BD because they are inspired by our purpose, enjoy working in a collaborative and engaging culture, and are driven by the challenge of developing innovative solutions for global issues.

Source: http://www.bd.com/

Coca-Cola South Africa 

Food and Beverages

Coca-Cola is the most popular and biggest-selling soft drink in history, as well as one of the most recognisable brands in the world. The Coca-Cola Company represents more than 125 years of collective genius, with each employee playing a part in translating ideas into innovations.

A career at The Coca-Cola Company is truly a one-of-a-kind experience. It's more than working for the global beverage leader; it's an opportunity to be a part of something that impacts the world.

Source: http://www.coca-colacompany.com/

DHL International (Pty) Ltd 

Transport and Logistics

DHL Express transports urgent documents and goods reliably and on time from door-to-door in more than 220 countries and territories, and operates the most comprehensive global express network. With a fleet of more than 250 aircraft, DHL Express is also one of the largest air carriers worldwide.

DHL provides graduates and career starters with various opportunities to join exciting projects, master demanding challenges and assume responsibility, the right way to launch your career.

Source: http://www.dhl.co.za/en.html

Dimension Data 

IT, Telecommunications

Dimension Data is a market leader in the IT industry, owned by Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT), one of the largest telecommunications service providers in the world.

If youre passionate about how technology can make the world a better place, you could get onto one of our regional graduate and young professional programmes to kick-start your career.

Source: http://www2.dimensiondata.com/en-za

Group 5

Construction, Energy, Manufacturing

Group Five is a leading African construction, concessions, and manufacturing group with the capacity to deliver across the full infrastructure life cycle. Our offering includes project development, investment, design, construction operations and maintenance, as well as manufacturing and supply of materials.

Group Five was ranked Best Employer in the construction sector, in the Corporate Research Foundation (CRF) 2012/13 HR survey. The CRF was founded to showcase best practice in the field of HR management. Skills development is, therefore, the cornerstone of Group Fives vision and of its long-term view of sustainable growth as a business.

Source: http://www.groupfive.co.za/


With an education qualification, you can attract positive outcomes for your career. You dream to work for the company that you are passionate about, is possible. 

About the Author: Khanyie Dlamini 
Content Creator at Educor Holdings

As a writer in the education sector I am passionate about nurturing people in their careers, wellness and personal growth. I focus on a variety of illuminating topics that are helpful to peoples growth and success. I hope to inspire people to feel motivated to live up to their full potential and know they can have an optimistic and prosperous life. My intention is to contribute to an empowered nation that makes great choices and positive change.

Personally I enjoy the world of fashion and keeping up with the trends. I have great interest in digital trends and the impact of social media in todays world. I enjoy learning from other creative people. I value having purposeful relationships with people who have great visions that align with my own.

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