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Google named the best place to work in the UK

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Google has been voted the best place to work in the country by UK employees, according to a new report.

The survey, which was carried out by global job website Glassdoor for the first time in the UK, revealed Google as the best work place followed by John Lewis, Microsoft, Accenture and Jaguar Land Rover.

Google was praised by employees for its: “Very cool culture, amazing people, offices to die for,” one reviewer said.

Others shared the company's perks such as “free food onsite three times a day”, “little micro-kitchens make you feel very comfortable” and a free gym.

Reception area with giant Union Jacks

Reception area with giant Union Jacks

Job satisfaction was equally lauded at the American tech giant. “There are opportunities for anyone who is willing to build a reputation,” wrote one reviewer.

An employee of over five years said: “I can choose what projects I want to work on, and how I want to solve things. I have the ability to make changes that have a huge impact on my team, Google as a whole, and the world if I so choose.”

Seating area

Seating area

Currently the Google offices are spread across three sites in Central London: Belgrave House, just a half mile from Buckingham Palace, another just a short walk up Buckingham Palace Road, and the Central Saint Giles site near Tottenham Court Road. There is also an office in Manchester.

Terrace garden

Terrace garden

The most enviable office is the 160,000 sq ft Central Saint Giles hub (pictured) which was built in 2012 to offer a quirky take on the traditional office space.

Set across five floors, the office features a secret garden rooftop terrace, a library with large circular seating area, a granny’s flat-inspired seating area and a ‘flower power’ boardroom.

'Hedge Your Best Secret Garden' on roof terrace

'Hedge Your Best Secret Garden' on roof terrace

Jobs at Google London are focused around engineering and sales teams who work across products including Google PlayAndroidSearch, and AdSense, although they also have legal, HR, finance and communications teams.

'Lala Library' seating area

'Lala Library' seating area

Google say no two offices out of the 70 they have situated in more than 40 countries around the world, are the same.

However, they all feature “murals and decorations expressing local personality, Googlers sharing cubes, yurts and "huddles"; video games, pool tables and pianos; cafes and "microkitchens" stocked with healthy food; and good old fashioned whiteboards for spur-of-the-moment brainstorming”.

'Lala Library' seating area

'Lala Library' seating area

Lounge space

Lounge space

'Market Square' dining area

'Market Square' dining area

'Granny’s Flat' seating area

'Granny’s Flat' seating area

Seating area

Seating area

'Granny’s bedhead' boardroom

'Granny’s bedhead' boardroom

'Flower power' boardroom

'Flower power' boardroom

'Snug-lushness' Seating area

'Snug-lushness' seating area

Reception desk

Reception desk

Meeting room

Meeting room

Second on the poll of the best places to work in the UK was John Lewis, due to its "very good benefits package available to all employees from three months employment" and "fun environment to work in while remaining professional".

Another said: "Flexible holidays, annual bonus, paid leave after a while working there, as well as holiday homes for a lot less. Plus, the atmosphere is usually very good. People who work there love it, and stay."

John Lewis famously runs on a partnership business model where all employees have an equal share in the business and receive a bonus package based on a percentage of their overall income.

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Microsoft was praised for its work-life balance compared to other technology companies of the same caliber and the fulfilling projects it offers with one employee writing: You will get the opportunity to work with smart people solving real world problems.

Corporate financial giants such as JP Morgan, Deloitte UK and PWC made the top 20 as great places to start a career due to the learning and development schemes.

The mobile phone network Three was probably the most surprising, coming in at sixth place on the poll. 

There is so much scope for advancement at Three. The Management treats you as equal, wrote one employee. “[It's a] great company because they care about their people!” wrote another.

Take a look at Glassdoor's full list of great places to work in the UK here.

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