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Best places to work in Greece 2008

The Great Place to Work Institute and its international affiliates publish an annual report on great places to work. It includes 15 countries in Europe, nine countries in Latin America, three countries in Asia and Canada.

* There is an updated list for 2009 at, “Best Places to Work in Greece 2009.”

Best Places to Work – All Countries

The remainder of this article will concentrate on Greece, but you are free to click on any of the other countries below.

Europe: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom

Latin America: Argentina, Brazil, Central America & Caribbean, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela

Asia: Australia, India, Japan, Korea

North America: USA and Canada

Essential info about Greek companies and jobs

Nearly all of these companies request candidates with bilingual capability, fulfillment of military obligations (if male) and a requirement that they be aged 35 (male) or 30 (female) or younger. For those unfamiliar with Greece, discrimination based on age, gender and nationality is common practice and one that typically goes unpunished.

It is also common for many Greek companies to not have job listings and not disclose the names, email addresses and other contact information of employees, including the company manager or HR. There is almost never an employee directory.

If you are a non-EU citizen looking at this post from outside Greece with hopes that one of these (American) companies will sponsor your work visa and work permit, these privately owned subsidiaries have little or no contact with headquarters back home, and securing visas and permits for a non-EU citizen is rarely done unless you are highly specialized and/or have a connection. It is recommended you read, “How Americans/non-EU citizens can move, live and work in Greece.” Why? Because it’s of vital importance to understand the legalities of visas and permits before looking for a job.

There is a surplus of qualified candidates already in Greece and the entire EU, who can fill these positions with no bureaucracy. Many from outside Greece are also at a disadvantage, since working knowledge of local business culture is essential to successfully capturing the Greek market, which IS the company’s goal. See “Common myths vs. reality about working in Greece” for more details.

How to use this list

All company names are in CAPS and contain the link to their home page. If websites were only in Greek, I provided a translation of contact information in English, in addition to the career/job section link if the company had one.

I do not represent nor have I ever worked for any of these companies, so specific questions or complaints should be directed at respective personnel.

Καλη δουλεια!

Top 20

1. PISCINES IDEALES
Size: 127 employees
Industry: Construction/contractors of swimming pools
Ownership: Private
Career section: www.piscinesideales.gr
Notes: No English; lists jobs, but you must navigate in Greek to Etairia →Kariera

Davaki 18
15121 Pefki
Phone: (210) 6148.400
Fax: (210) 6142.308
Email: info@piscinesideales.gr

2. MICROSOFT HELLAS
Size: 95 employees
Industry: Information Technology
Ownership: Private
Career section: www.microsoft.com/hellas/
Notes: No English; navigation in Greek but job listings in English

Kifissias 221
15124 Marousi
Phone: 801 500 3000 or 211 1206 500
Email: msgrhr@microsoft.com

3. PROCTER & GAMBLE HELLAS
Size: 286 employees
Industry: Healthcare
Ownership: Private
Career Section: www.pg.com

4. GENESIS PHARMA
Size: 164 employees
Industry: Biotechnology & Pharmaceuticals
Ownership: Private
Career section: www.genesispharma.com

5. CADBURY HELLAS
Size: 204 employees
Industry: Food products
Ownership: Private
Career Section: www.cadbury.gr
Notes: No English

Marinou Antypa 41-45
141 21 Irakleio
Athens
Phone: (
210) 270-4000
Email: recruiting.greece@csplc.com

6. AION
Size: 55 employees
Industry: Retail Carpets
Ownership: Private
Notes: Has English page, but no career section

7. KRAFT FOODS HELLAS
Size: 286 employees
Industry: Food products
Ownership: Private
Career Section: www.kraftfoods.gr
Notes: No English; no job listings, applicants must send their CV (in Greek) to the email address listed

F. Ginosati 19
144 52 Metamorfosi
Athens
Phone: (210) 288-9000
Fax: (210) 285-1430
Email: grkfhhr@krafteurope.com

8. EXODUS
Size: 112 employees
Industry: Information Technology
Ownership: Private
Career Section: www.exodus.gr

9. BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB
Size: 195 employees
Industry: Biotechnology & Pharmaceuticals
Ownership: Private
Career section: www.bms-greece.gr
Notes: No English; has career section, but no listings

Athens
Attikis 49-53 & Propodidos 2
152 35 Vrilissia
Phone: (210) 6074 300, 6074 400
Fax: (210) 6074 333

Thessaloniki
19th km National Road, Neon Moudanion
570 01 Thermi
Phone: (23920) 21600
Fax: (23920) 21555

10. PRAKTIKER HELLAS
Size: 1416 employees
Industry: Retail Home Store
Ownership: Private
Career Section: www.praktiker.gr
Notes: Has career section, but no listings; candidates are requested to send their CVs in Greek

11. HELLENIC AEROSPACE INDUSTRY (HAI)
Size: 2766 employees
Industry: Aerospace
Ownership: Government
Career section: None

12. MELLON COLLECTION SERVICES
Size: 276 employees
Industry: Financial Services & Insurance
Ownership: Private
Career section: www.mellongroup.com.gr

13. UCB
Size: 133 employees
Industry: Biotechnology and Pharmaceuticals
Ownership: Private
Career Section: www.ucb-group.com

14. TASTY FOODS
Size: 757 employees
Industry: Food products
Ownership: Private
Career Section: tastycareers.gr
Notes: Website and jobs listings in Greek, and CVs are accepted via online form for posted vacancies only.

22nd Km Athinion-Lamias National Rd.
Agios Stefanos
Phone: (210) 629-8000/30
Fax: (210) 621 8100
Email: tasty.hr@intl.pepsico.com

15. AIG GREECE (defunct)
Size: 141 employees
Industry: Financial Services and Insurance
Ownership: Private
Career Section: www.aig-greece.gr
Notes: English version contains limited info; job listings in Greek only

16. ALDEMAR HOTELS & SPA
Size: 1290 employees
Industry: Hotel and Hospitality
Ownership: Private
Career Section: www.aldemarhotels.com
Notes: Only in Greek

17. HEWLETT-PACKARD HELLAS
Size: 231 employees
Industry: Information Technology
Ownership: Private
Career Section: www.hp.gr
Notes: No English website, but career section link is in English

18. PIRAEUS DIRECT SERVICES
Size: 209 employees
Industry: Financial Services and Insurance
Ownership: Private
Career Section: None

19. EAGLES PALACE HOTEL & SPA
Size: 83 employees
Industry: Hotel and Hospitality
Ownership: Private
Career Section: None, English website has contact info

20. HELLENIC FABRICS
Size: 453 employees
Industry: Textiles
Ownership: Private
Career Section: Submit your CV form
Notes: No listings, use link to submit your CV in Greek or send to: hrm@hellenicfabrics.gr

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Best places to work in Greece 2007
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Common jobs for foreigners in Greece: Myth vs. reality

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* Article last updated on July 22, 2009

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