PNB leads in LinkedIn list of top PH firms for career growth

Published April 29, 2021, 3:30 PM

by Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat

Philippine National Bank, one of the country’s major banks, is ranked as the best company for professionals to growth their careers, according to the Linkedin’s 2021 Philippines Top Companies List.

LinkedIn, the online professional network, published its list of the 2021 LinkedIn Top Companies in the Philippines for the first time, identifying the best places for professionals to grow their careers.

The four other companies in the top five are Smart Communications (#2), Manila Water (#3), Philip Morris International (#4), and EY (#5). 

The rest of the list is dominated by companies whose products and services helped make people’s lives better during the pandemic — from financial services, food and beverage to telecommunications sectors. Completing the top 15 are Land Bank of the Philippines, Manulife Philippines, Metrobank, Accenture, Nestle, Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines, Macquarie Group, NCR Corporation, BDO Unibank, and IQVIA.

Many of these companies on the list are currently hiring, with more than 70,000 open roles in the Philippines, said LinkedIn.

Key trends from the Top Companies list include prioritizing skills, resilience in essential services, and supporting their workplace through challenging times.

On prioritizing skills, LinkedIn said that many of the Top Companies have made commitments and launched programs to develop employees’ skills to meet current and future job requirements.

Recognizing that continuous learning is crucial in the future economy, Manulife Philippines(#7) provides all employees with opportunities for professional development throughout their journey in the company. These include on-the-job training, mentoring, coaching, in-house instructor-led learning sessions, and programs that support employees’ continuing education and development in industry-specific areas. 

On resilience in essential services, LinkedIn said that top companies in the companies are in the financial services, telecommunications, and food and beverage industries dominate the list. The presence of four banks in the Top 10 such as Philippine National Bank (#1), Land Bank of the Philippines (#6), Metrobank (#8), and BDO Unibank (#14), as well as telecommunications company Smart Communications (#2), and food and beverage companies such as Nestle (#10) and Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines (CCBP) (#11) reflect the strength and resilience of these sectors in the country during the Covid-19 pandemic. For its part, CCBP shared how the urgency to protect and support its employees, customers, local communities, and businesses at the onset of the pandemic helped them serve their customers.

On supporting their workforce through challenging times, LinkedIn said that employers in the essentials services sectors continue to be the workplaces of choice for professionals in the country. 

“Overall, these companies are ahead of the game in supporting their talent pool, with programs for flexible work arrangements and employee well-being, among others. Manila Water rolled out programs to listen, respond, retool and reskill, to help employees deal with the impact of Covid-19,” LinkedIn said. “The past year has presented extraordinary challenges for so many around the world and our Top Companies methodology reflects these realities. It helped us surface companies investing in employee growth as we navigate a world of work that’s forever changed by the global pandemic. We found the best companies that have put their employees first by implementing various policies around well-being and mental health and helped them get back on their feet through training and development programs,” said Chris Anderson, senior news editor for Asia Pacific at LinkedIn.