The 10 Most Attractive Companies in M’sia to Work For in 2019

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Recently, one of the world’s leading recruitment agencies, Randstad held a survey to find out the top 10 most attractive companies Malaysians would like to work for as well as what are their attractiveness scores in a global annual survey known as the ‘Randstad Employer Brand Research’.

Overall, the survey covers 30 countries and surveyed more than 175,000 employees. The winners are selected from the 75 largest employers in Malaysia, based on local workforce size. The outcomes are based on public perception and focus on three main areas: Overall Brand Awareness, Absolute Attractiveness, and Relative Awareness.

This creates a level playing field for all competing companies instead of giving an advantage to large multinationals with higher name recognition than the smaller companies. The awards are not open for nomination and the results are based solely on the opinions and votes of the local workforce – making it the only award that is truly representing ‘the people’s choice’.

Here is a breakdown on the top 10 companies to work for in Malaysia this year:

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10. Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB)

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Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) is a Malaysian airport company that manages most of the airports in Malaysia. It has its head office in the Malaysia Airports Corporate Office in the Persiaran Korporat KLIA in Sepang. MAHB’s present corporate structure includes several operating subsidiaries, including Malaysia Airports Sdn. Bhd. (MASB), Malaysia Airports (Sepang) Sdn. Bhd., Malaysia Airports (Niaga), and many more. In total, the Group has a total staff strength of over 10,000 deployed across 39 offices nationwide.

To learn more about career opportunities with MAHB, click here.

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9. Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB)

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Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) is the only electricity utility company in Peninsular Malaysia and also the largest publicly-listed power company in Southeast Asia. The company is listed on the main board of Bursa Malaysia and employs approximately 33,500 staff to serve a customer base of over 8.4 million in Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah & Labuan. TNB’s core activities are related to the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity across the nation. TNB operations currently span across several nations outside Malaysia, including Indonesia, India, Pakistan, and Mauritius.

To learn more about career opportunities with TNB, click here.


8. Sunway

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Founded by Jeffrey Cheah, Sunway Berhad (or Sunway Group) is a Malaysian conglomerate company. It was formed following a merger between Sunway City Berhad (SunCity) and Sunway Holdings Berhad in 2011. Following the success of the Sunway City township, the Group diversified into property investment, leisure and entertainment, hospitality and healthcare. Today Sunway maintains property development and construction as its two core businesses and key contributors to company profitability.

To learn more about career opportunities with Sunway, click here.


7. Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE) Services

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Hewlett-Packard (M) Sdn. Bhd. manufactures personal computing and access devices, servers, and imaging solutions for consumers, enterprises, and medium businesses. The company was founded in 1978 and is based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Hewlett-Packard (M) Sdn. Bhd. operates as a subsidiary of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE) Company, an American multinational enterprise IT company founded on 2015 as part of splitting of the Hewlett-Packard company into HPE and HP Inc. The latter business entity retained the old HP’s personal computer and printing business.

To learn more about career opportunities with Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, click here.


6. Sime Darby

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Sime Daby Berhad is a major Malaysia-based multinational conglomerate involved in 5 core sectors: plantations, property, industrial, motors, and logistics. With over 100 years of experience and a workforce of more than 20,000 employees, Sime Darby is headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, and has operations in 18 countries and territories across the Asia Pacific region.

To learn more about career opportunities with Sime Darby, click here.


5. IBM Malaysia

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IBM was first established in Malaysia in June 1961 and, since then, has played a major role in delivering solutions to all types of Malaysian businesses across all industries. Over the decades, IBM Malaysia has contributed toward assisting Malaysia achieve its vision aligned to the national agenda. Over the decades, the company continues to provide state-of-the-art technologies, enabling local companies to compete effectively both locally and globally. IBM Malaysia moved into its new MSC-certified HQ building in Bandar Utama in 2006.

To learn more about career opportunities with IBM Malaysia, click here.


4. AirAsia

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AirAsia is a leading Malaysian low-cost airline service headquartered near Kuala Lumpur. It is the largest airline in Malaysia      by fleet size and destinations with domestic and international flight operations to over 165 destinations spanning across 25 countries. It has several affiliate airlines across the region, including Thai AirAsia, Indonesia AirAsia, Philippines AirAsia, AirAsia India, and AirAsia X (which focuses on long-haul routes). Over the past 10 years, AirAsia has been consistently awarded by Skytrax as the World’s Best Low-Cost Airline, from 2009 to 2018.

To learn more about career opportunities with AirAsia, click here.


3. Nestlé Malaysia

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Nestlé first made its mark in Malaysia in 1912 as the Anglo-Swiss Condensed Milk Company in Penang and later expanded to Kuala Lumpur in 1939. Today, Nestlé Malaysia now employs over 3,500 people and manufactures as well as markets more than 300 Halal products in Malaysia. Known to consumers of all age groups, their household brands include Milo, Nescafe, Maggi, Drumstick (ice cream), Kit Kat, and many more FMCG items.

To learn more about career opportunities with Nestlé Malaysia, click here.


2. Shell Malaysia

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Shell is known as a global group of energy and petrochemicals companies that currently employs around 92,000 employees over than 70 nations. Shell has been a partner in fuelling Malaysia’s progress for over 125 years. Their journey with the nation is intertwined – in as much as Shell has played a role in growing the country’s energy sector, Malaysia has also played a significant role in the company’s progress. Today, Shell continues to be one of the top employers in Malaysia with 1,000+ employed in our upstream, midstream and downstream businesses, as well as in service and support functions.

To learn more about career opportunities with Shell Malaysia, click here.


1. Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS)

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PETRONAS (short for Petroliam Nasional Berhad) is a Malaysian oil and gas company that was founded in 1974. Wholly owned by the Government of Malaysia, the corporation is vested with the entire oil and gas resources in Malaysia. Petronas is ranked among Fortune Global 500’s largest corporations in the world. Fortune also ranks Petronas as the 12th most profitable company in the world and the most profitable in Asia. Since its incorporation, Petronas has grown to be an integrated international oil and gas company with business interests in 35 countries.

To learn more about career opportunities with PETRONAS, click here.

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  2. The top three most attractive commercial companies for last year’s Randstad Malaysia’s Employer Brand Research are Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS), Shell Malaysia and Nestle (Malaysia) Berhad.


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