The Best Employers in Finland in 2021

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In this blog, we take a look at a few available resources to find out what are the best employers in Finland. 

Job seekers fall under heavy scrutiny during the recruitment process. They need to convince their potential new employer that they can do the job, that they will do it, and that they fit it. This is not, however, a one-way street. Job applicants also evaluate the employer.

Job seekers are also at a bit of a disadvantage compared to employers. Employers have the applicant’s CV, motivation letter, potential assessment results, and interview questions to help them assess them. 

Job seekers, in turn, are often left with the company’s public-facing websites to contend with. Or, if they are lucky, they may know someone who works or has worked in the company. 

There are, however, some tools that may help you form an opinion on the potential employer. In this blog, I will introduce you to a few of them. 

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Oikotie Työpaikat’s Responsible Employer Report

Oikotie is a Finnish online marketplace that is familiar to most looking for a job or home in Finland. Their marketplace for jobs, Oikotie Työpaikat, is running an employer branding campaign focusing on their six principles of employer responsibility. 

Those principles have to do with:

  • non-discrimination;
  • work-life balance and well-being;
  • investment in the development of management skills;
  • meaning of work, and continued development at work;
  • salary commensurate with job demands; and 
  • good candidate experience.

The aim of this campaign is to provide better and more responsible work experiences for employees. 

Currently, 115 employers, as well as 25 expert organizations, take part in it. 

As a part of the campaign, Oikotie Työpaikat conducts their Responsible Employer study. Companies involved in the campaign can take part in it. In the study, employees of part-taking companies can evaluate their employers.

Employees evaluate their employers with respect to the six principles as well as sustainability. They also give an overall evaluation of their employer. In addition, employees indicate whether they would be willing to recommend their employer to others.

Based on the results, they publish their Responsible Employer of the Year rankings in three different size categories. 

This year, they received over 6 000 employee responses from over 30 companies. 

Best Employers in Finland based on the Responsible Employers 2021 study of Oikotie Työpaikat 

Their Responsible Employer 2021 ranking list for small and medium-sized businesses is:

  1. Diakonia University of Applied Sciences
  2. Codeo Oy
  3. Analyse2
  4. Muhevainen
  5. Selka Oy

In the next category, large organizations, the ranking list is:

  1. Fingrid
  2. Elo työeläkeyhtiö
  3. Keva
  4. Kotkamills Oy
  5. Ensto

Their largest category includes companies that have over 1000 employees. In this group, the ranking list is as follows:

  1. Ikea
  2. Sitowise
  3. Veikkaus
  4. Destia Oy
  5. S-ryhmä

Most attractive employers in Finland in 2021 by Universum

Universum is a global employer branding company that publishes employer rankings by students and professionals annually. 

Their professional ranking was published in October 2020. For it, they surveyed over 7 000 professionals in Finland. 

These professionals represented several different industries including business, engineering, IT, natural resources, law, and health. 

Their student ranking was published in May 2021. They had over 14 000 students submit their evaluations of Finnish employers. 

Universum’s professional rankings

According to the professionals in Universum’s survey, the best employers in business in Finland are

  1. Finnair
  2. Marimekko
  3. Google
  4. Fazer
  5. OP Group

In the engineering field, the most attractive employers in this ranking are

  1. KONE
  2. ABB
  3. VTT
  4. Google
  5. Neste

For those in the Humanities fields, the best employers are

  1. Ministry of Education and Culture
  2. Finnish National Agency for Education
  3. Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare
  4. Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
  5. YLE 

In the IT field, the most attractive employers in Finland are

  1. Google
  2. Microsoft
  3. Reaktor
  4. Supercell
  5. Vincit

For those working in the healthcare industry, the most attractive employers are

  1. Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare
  2. Terveystalo
  3. Mehiläinen
  4. Finnish Insititute of Occupational Health
  5. Finnish Red Cross

Natural scientists in Finland would like to work in

  1. Natural Resources Institute Finland
  2. Finnish Environment Institute
  3. Orion
  4. Metsähallitus
  5. City of Helsinki

Those working in law find these employers most attractive

  1. Courts
  2. Ministry of Justice
  3. National Prosecution Authority
  4. Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  5. OP Group

Universum’s Student Rankings

For students in the Universum’s ranking, the best employers in business are

  1. OP Group
  2. Finnair
  3. Marimekko
  4. Google
  5. Nordea

In engineering, the most attractive employers for students in 2021 are

  1. KONE
  2. Neste
  3. Valmet
  4. ABB
  5. YIT

The ranking for IT has some very familiar names

  1. Google
  2. Microsoft
  3. F-Secure
  4. Supercell
  5. Rovio Entertainment

For students in the natural sciences, the list looks very similar to the professional ranking

  1. Natural Resources Institute Finland
  2. Finnish Environment Institute
  3. Orion
  4. Metsähallitus
  5. Metsä Group

Humanities, Liberal Arts, and Education students value the following employees the most:

  1. YLE
  2. City of Helsinki
  3. European Union
  4. Ministry of Education and Culture
  5. United Nations

Law students see the following employers as the most attractive

  1. Law office Castrén & Snellman
  2. Courts
  3. Ministry of Justice
  4. European Union
  5. Law office Hannes Snellman

Students of medicine and healthcare value the following employers

  1. Terveystalo
  2. Mehiläinen
  3. HUS hospital district
  4. Pihlajalinna
  5. Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare

Best employers in Finland according to Great Place to Work

Great Place to Work is an organization specializing in workplace culture. They help companies develop better workplace cultures. They also list the best places to work in Finland, Europe, and globally.

Their listings are based on employee evaluations as well as work culture audits. 

They list employers in four different size categories, large, mid-size, small, and mini. 

In 2021, the best places to work in the large category are

  1. Mandatum Life
  2. Newsec
  3. Visma
  4. Savonia University of Applied Sciences
  5. JYSK

The TOP 5 in the mid-size category in 2021 are

  1. Paytrail
  2. Profiam Sosiaalipalvelut
  3. Alfame
  4. Koti Puhtaaksi
  5. Abbvie

In the category of small companies, the best places to work are

  1. Seurana
  2. Nooga Oy Ab
  3. Unfair Lean Marketing
  4. Aava & Bang
  5. Hoivatilat

The last category is the mini-size companies. In this one, the ranking is as follows

  1. Auntie Solutions Oy
  3. Valuemotive
  4. Parcero
  5. Matimek Oy

Other sources of employer evaluations

In addition, there are also a few sites that collect employee and applicant evaluations.

One is Tunto. The site is run by Alma Media and at least currently it’s only available in Finnish. 

Employees and applicants leave start ratings about corporate responsibility, management & leadership, salary and benefit, work environment and colleagues, safe work culture, and future prospects and the ability for renewal. 

In addition to the ratings, the site also provides basic information about the employer. This information includes, for example, annual turnover, staff size, and growth percentage. 

Duunitori, another job ad site, also now allows employees and applicants to leave an evaluation of employers at their site. 

Evaluations concern such topics as company culture, compensation, career development prospects, management and leadership. They also record your willingness to recommend the employer. 

When there are enough evaluations per employer they publish those evaluations in conjunction with job ads of that employer. 

Although Glassdoor doesn’t have a Finland-specific site, they do have reviews of a number of Finnish employees. So, don’t forget to check that as well.

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