Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Top 10 Companies You cant Resist Working For In Nigeria

As more and more graduates are churned out yearly by Nigerian tertiary institutions with many hoping to find gainful employment, it is important to take a look at some companies of note that such job seekers might be interested in working for. In this list, we give a rundown of the ten best companies one can work for in Nigeria today in no particular order.

Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited a.k.a Shell (Oil & Gas):

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Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) is better known as Shell Nigeria and is the name for Royal Dutch Shell’s Nigerian operations carried out through four subsidiaries.  Shell is the country’s largest and oldest operating oil firm with an instant brand recognition global appeal. It operates in over 70 countries and provides employees the opportunity to join a culturally diverse environment. The company boasts one of the lowest turnover rates and has packages like enticing incentives for its employees like a highly competitive remuneration package, yearly bonuses, and state-of-the-art medical facilities available to the entire family, and an open university for all levels of graduate programmes. Royal Dutch Shell’s joint ventures account for more than 21% of Nigeria’s total petroleum production.

Nestle Nigeria (FCMG):

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The importance of nutrition cannot be over looked and that is why a company like Nestle which is a global leader in the nutrition and wellness industry and one of Nigeria’s largest food companies makes this list of best companies to work for. “There’s more to life at NestlĂ©.” This phrase boldly sits above a series of videos containing clips of employees sharing their NestlĂ© experience on the company’s website. Each employee takes turns to explain the different aspects of his or her work life that have been positively impacted by the global food provider. It prides itself in recruiting, developing and retaining a significant portion of its workforce for a large proportion of each individual’s career. it also runs it reward system based on individual needs.

Chevron (Oil & Gas):

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Chevron is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies and one of Nigeria’s most prolific oil and gas operators. Chevron has been in operations in Nigeria since 1913 when Texaco products were first brought to the market. Chevron operates mainly in the onshore and near offshore areas of the Niger-Delta and the company prides itself on its development, a feat achieved by providing a highly skilled and culturally diverse team that enhances knowledge transfer. Asides sensible salaries, employees are also entitled skill-specified training offered at reputable international institutions to broaden industry knowledge.

Dangote (FCMG):

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The Dangote conglomerate is the largest indigenously owned African company and Africa’s largest cement manufacturer. At Dangote, employees are made to feel like a family, a culture which was started when it first began operations and has since been nurtured. Welfare of factory workers are taken into cognizance since it operates a labour-intensive business. They are provided with things like accommodation, food and medical assistance, as well as technical skills development centres.

Mobil Producing Nigeria (Oil & Gas):

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Mobil Producing Nigeria (MPN) is one of three Nigerian subsidiaries of the petroleum company ExxonMobil and it commenced operations in 1955 with all its operations areoffshore. The second largest producer of crude oil in the country after Shell, and the world’s third largest company by revenue, Mobil is a multinational bound by a commitment to deliver a diverse working environment full of culturally varied individuals. The company boldly states on its website that “Through a range of programmes and investments, we strive to create and maintain a diverse workforce representative of the many geographies where we do business.”

MTN (Telecoms):

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Unarguably Nigeria’s largest telecommunications provider, with over 55 million subscribers, IT is also the biggest employer within the telecom space, driven by a young and energetic workforce that fosters a dynamic work atmosphere. MTN adopts a total reward approach to remuneration, benchmarked against industry competitor companies, as well as additional benefits such as free healthcare, annual bonuses, accredited learning schemes, shares offers, a healthy work-life balance, and development and career opportunities.

Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC – Oil & Gas):

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Founded on April 1, 1977, NNPC is the state oil corporation through which the federal government regulates and participates in the country’s petroleum industry. It has its headquarters in Abuja with zonal offices in Lagos, Kaduna, Port Harcourt and Warri with its international office in London. With the company having commitments towards its staff with a healthy pay cheque and working without pressure it is not surprising to note that employees entrench the companies four core values: respect for individuals; staff development and growth; professional excellence and integrity; and transparency and accountability.

Nigeria Breweries Limited (FCMG):

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At NBL, the popular saying ‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’ is taken with all seriousness as enjoyment is one the company‘s core values. Employees are encouraged to have a social life outside of the office. The company regularly hosts social events to promote its products and encourages its labour force to join in. The company offers employees an attractive pay package and also provides employees’ spouses and children with healthcare and opportunities for free vacations and holidays while also delivering an attractive and progressive pension scheme.

Total (Oil & Gas):

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Total has been in operations in Nigeria for about fifty something years now and is Nigeria’s first downstream and fourth upstream operator. Total allows for career autonomy with employees guaranteed the freedom to switch positions at regular intervals. Its career section reads as follows: “At Total, you are in charge of your professional growth, in concert with your career manager. You can change jobs, departments, businesses or disciplines. Anything is possible.” The company also reserves a significant budget for regular training and development offering attractive professional programmes that enable employees to easily chart their career advancement plans.

Nigerian Civil Service (Government):

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 The Civil Service excludes the military but includes all government-controlled agencies. One good point in the favour of working in the civil service is the guarantee of job security. There are hardly retrenchment exercises which often takes place in private establishments. This allows for career progression as employees can work in a reassuring environment and allows for proper planning of the growth of one’s career.