Philip Morris International said yesterday that it had been recognized as a top employer in Europe for the third consecutive year, in recognition of the high standards in its working environment.
Certification was said to have been the result of independent assessment by the Top Employers’ Institute, which also recognized PMI’s affiliates as leading employers in 15 countries in Europe.
“The recognition of Philip Morris International as Top Employer is a reflection of the high standards that we hold ourselves to in our people practices, both in the EU region and across the globe,” said Victoria Shevchuk, vice president human resources EU and PMI labour relations.
“We raise the bar every year to remain contemporary in all we do and to promote our dynamic, rewarding and truly diverse work environment, which is a critical success factor for our business.”
PMI is one of 27 companies to be named top employer regionally this year.
National honors went also to PMI teams in Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, UK and Ukraine, doubling the number of PMI affiliates ranked nationally by the Top Employers Institute in 2013.
“Our comprehensive research concluded that PMI and its certified affiliates provide an outstanding employment environment that offers a wide range of creative initiatives for the employees’ personal and professional development” said Judith Oude Sogtoen, director of international business development, Top Employers Institute.
In a note posted on its website, PMI said it employed more than 82,000 people worldwide, of which about 15,000 were based in Europe. ‘The company offers strong reward and recognition programs, robust training and development programs, as well as challenging career opportunities in a global and diverse work environment,’ it said. ‘In 2014 alone, nearly 1,800 of PMI’s employees worked outside their home country on an international assignment.’
The note went on to say that the Top Employer certification was awarded by the Top Employer Institute following a robust assessment, validated by the auditing company Grant Thornton, of the companies’ practices in a number of areas, including compensation and employee benefits, career development, working conditions and training and development.