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Great Place to Work determined its 2015 ranking of the World’s Best Multinational Workplaces by surveying about 3.9 million employees at more than 6,600 companies that participated in Best Workplaces competitions from late 2014 to mid-2015 in 51 countries. Together, these companies employ more than 12 million employees worldwide, making this annual study the largest of its kind.

To begin the process, a company must apply to — and be accepted on — one of Great Place to Work’s national Best Workplaces lists, which are compiled using the results of two studies: the Trust Index Employee Survey and the Culture Audit Management Questionnaire. Two-thirds of a company’s workplace culture assessment is based on employee comments and feedback, and the remaining third is based on the company’s policies and practices, as measured in the Culture Audit.

In the past year, more than 2,000 multinational corporations participated in the survey process. Of these, 455 appeared on one of Great Place to Work’s 51 national Best Workplaces lists. From that pool of companies, the 25 World’s Best Multinational Workplaces have been selected.

To be considered for Great Place to Work’s World’s Best Multinational Workplaces, a company must appear on at least five national Best Workplaces lists, have at least 5,000 employees worldwide, and have at least 40% (or 5,000 employees) of its workforce based outside its home country. Extra points are given based on the number of countries where a company surveys its employees with Great Place to Work’s Trust Index, as well as based on the percentage of a company’s workforce represented in the survey.

For more information, or to have your company participate in the survey process and be considered for future workplace rankings, visit

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This year’s ranking of the best multinational employers from our research partners at Great Place to Work keeps Google at No. 1, but also welcomes newcomers Cadence at No. 21 and H&M at No. 24, and returnee Microsoft at No. 7.

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Although many companies claim to be ethical, employees at Cadence say it walks the integrity talk. Cadence, which makes technology for designing computer chips, has ethics training programs as well as multiple ways for employees to raise concerns. These include anonymous reporting through the corporate governance website, an email address or a telephone hotline. In addition, Cadence aims to resolve internal conflicts fairly. In one case, a manager felt a direct report was not performing his duties. But the employee relations team helped both sides see that trust had eroded in the relationship. Rather than discipline the staffer, he was re-assigned. “At Cadence, it is not just what you do and accomplish, it is very much how you do it,” says a Canadian employee. Read the Great Place to Work review.

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Industry Information Technology
Country of HQ USA
Employees 6,405
Best Companies Rank 71
Best Companies URL /best-companies/cadence-71/

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