_KEO7751[5]For decades, analytics powerhouse SAS has been acknowledged worldwide as a leader and innovator in workplace culture, putting people first as a business imperative. As yet another testament to this approach, the company has again been listed among Europe’s top multinational workplaces by Great Place to Work.

In 2016, more than 2,250 companies participated in surveys spanning 19 countries. SAS emerged among European leaders, having ranked among the top 10 in Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Ireland and Greece over the past year. SAS has appeared on the European list since its inception in 2002.

“It’s great that SAS has once again been recognised as a top European employer. The overall result is based on strong employee satisfaction scores, as well as the in-depth assessment of the talent management strategy,” said Sue Warman, Human Resources Director, Northern Europe and Russia/CIS. “I’m especially pleased about the investment made in our Inside Sales and Customer Contact Centre based in Dublin, supporting sales into markets across EMEA. This has grown substantially and caters for a different employee demographic. We now have a substantial presence there just a year on and a range of Ireland specific policies and employment offerings, including a refined flexible benefits package.  We have also established a dedicated HR and recruitment presence to focus on the specific needs of the Ireland based teams.”

SAS, a perennial on best workplace lists, ranked second among multinational workplaces worldwide in 2015. The company has also earned honours as an attractive workplace for millennials, women, and recent graduates. Celebrating its 40th anniversary alongside 40 years of consecutive growth and profitability, SAS reaffirms the commitment to work-life balance that began 40 years ago, before such policies were commonplace.

“I’m particularly pleased that the excellent results of Spain and Portugal directly contributed to the European GPTW award this year,” said Gunter Cools, SAS Human Resource Director for South West Europe. “Two-and-a-half years ago, we created a new Iberia region; these rankings represent the success of the transition. SAS’ employee-oriented culture is based on trust, camaraderie and pride. Our employees came together into a fantastic Iberia organisation in which we can maximise cross-country collaboration while keeping country identity in place.”