The majority of the winners in Lithuania’s first ever ‘Top Employer’ awards, held in Vilnius this week, were foreign investors. The best employers in Lithuania of 2014, chosen by means of a poll on the CV-Online website, were announced at a black-tie ceremony, with foreign companies dominating a number of categories. According to data from Invest Lithuania, about 69% of Lithuanians aged 18-35 would like to work for a foreign capital enterprise.
The overall winner was Western Union Processing Lithuania, with CSC Baltic second and the Girteka group third. The winners were chosen by both employees and job seekers, with awards given in six different categories: Industry, IT, Finance, Trade, Transport and an overall winner.
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Ikea Lietuva was the clear winner in the trade category, and even received the highest number of votes from its rivals. Maxima LT and Neste Lietuva were second and third respectively in this category. The finance category, by contrast, was very tight, with Swedbank edging ahead of SEB bank (second) and Western Union Processing Lithuania (third).
The best employer in the IT category was TEO, with CSC Baltic second and Omnitel third. Lithuanian Railways (Lithuanian: Lietuvos geležinkeliai) were chosen as top employer in the field of transport; second prize went to the Girteka group, and DHL Lietuva won third place. Coca-Cola HBC Lietuva won the Industry category, with Mondelez Lietuva Production a worthy runner up and Švyturys-Utenos alus placed in third place.
More than 300 companies were nominated for the Top Employer 2014 awards. To determine the winner, CV-Online carried out an on-line survey between December 2014 and January 2015. The 1,014 respondents, the majority of whom were aged 19-55, included employees from various companies in a variety of fields and those looking for jobs.
Respondents were asked to choose companies which they found attractive and to rate them according to a range of criteria; are they established and recognised, do they have a good reputation, are they innovative and modern, and are they an international company? They were also asked to rate the working conditions, psychological environment, wage competitiveness, and career opportunities of the company. For most of those surveyed, the most important criteria were whether the company was established and recognised, and had a good reputation, and if the working conditions were good.
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