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Best places to work in Greece 2009

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© Great Place to Work Institute

The Great Place to Work Institute and its worldwide affiliates publish an annual report on great places to work, which covers 16 countries in Europe, 11 areas of Latin & Central America, four countries in Asia, the United States and Canada.

Great Place to Work in California also compiles Fortune magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For® in America.

A newer list is available at, “Best places to work in Greece 2010.”

*Article last updated August 8, 2013

How companies are chosen

The selection process begins when a company voluntarily submits an application for candidacy the year before, and allows a team of evaluators to collect employee opinions about trust and quality, perform audits, gather media information, and review company-submitted materials. Therefore, the ranking does not reflect a competition between all possible companies.

Also be aware that only positive aspects are reported, so the survey is not comprehensive.

Best Places to Work – Countries

This article will concentrate on Greece, but you are free to click on any of the countries below to view rankings in English.

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

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

Asia: Australia, India, Japan, Korea

North America: Canada and USA

Best job, best place, best pay?

“Best” is subjective and highly specific to an individual, based on his/her level of education, skill and experience, needs, goals and values. There isn’t one profession or one company offering “the best job,” just as there isn’t a single method to finding the highest paid job in Greece. If there was, don’t you think we’d all work there?

The best job is one that suits the qualifications, interests and enthusiasm of the person concerned. The highest salaried jobs in Greece are likely those secured through cronyism and connections, not skills or experience, so they will not be advertised anywhere. Don’t believe me? See, “Greece consistently favors the connected not the talented” (NY Times) or “Greece, where connections are everything” (Kathimerini).

As of late 2009, companies are firing employees with high salaries to survive the recession, and replacing them with less experienced workers who will work for a lot less. The legal minimum wage was lowered in February 2012 to a mere 586.08 euros/month before taxes. See “Salaries in Greece” for more information.

Many people will take any job, as unemployment is at a record-high 27.8 percent overall and 64.9 percent amongst youth under 25, the highest rate in the EU.

Essential info about Greek companies and jobs

Nearly all of these companies request candidates with fluency in Greek and bilingual capability in another language (English or another European language), fulfillment of military obligations (if male) and a requirement that they be aged 35 (male) or 30 (female) or younger. Large Greek companies will often show preference to Greek nationals with university degrees from the UK. 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 companies in Greece to not have job listings and not disclose the names, email addresses and other contact information of employees, including the company manager or HR manager. Only in rare cases is there an employee directory.

If you are an American or other 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 Greek-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 get a permit to 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.

Non-EU citizens are also competing against a surplus of qualified, multilingual Greek and EU candidates already in Greece, who can fill these positions with no bureaucracy. You need working knowledge of local business culture to successfully capture 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, which I independently verified as some on the original list were incorrect. 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.

Although I have friends that work at many of these companies, I do not represent them and cannot assist you in finding a job. You must apply to open vacancies and direct specific inquiries or complaints at each company’s personnel.

Καλη δουλεια!

The Top 20

“Large” Companies: More than 250 Employees

1. COCA-COLA HBC GREECE
Size: 2093 employees
Industry: Manufacturing & Production – Food products
Ownership: Private
Careers: www.coca-cola.gr

2. ABBOTT LABORATORIES HELLAS
Size: 302 employees
Industry: Biotechnology & Pharmaceuticals
Ownership: Private
Career opportunities: www.abbott.gr
Note: No English

Leof. Vouliagmenis 512
Alimos 174 56
Tel: (210) 9985 222
Fax: (210) 9958 360

3. MILLENNIUM BANK
Size: 1456 employees
Industry: Financial Services, Insurance, Banking & Credit
Ownership: Private
Human Resources: www.millenniumbank.gr
Note: Has English, but vacancy section is in Greek

Email CV & Cover letter to: Web_Human_Resources@millenniumbank.gr

4. TASTY FOODS
Size: 830 employees
Industry: Manufacturing & Production – Food products
Ownership: Private
Job search: tastycareers.gr
Note: Website and job listings are in Greek, and CVs are accepted online for posted vacancies only.

5. HEWLETT-PACKARD HELLAS
Size: 252 employees
Industry: Information Technology
Ownership: Private
Careers: www.hp.gr
Notes: website is in Greek, job section is in English but there are no listings

6. CLUB HOTEL CASINO LOUTRAKI
Size: 1754 employees
Industry: Hotel/Resort
Ownership: Private
Etaireia: www.clubhotelloutraki.gr
Notes: website & contact info is in English, but Career section is in Greek

Send CV to: hr-career@clubhotelloutraki.gr
Telefax: (27440) 60581

7. VIVECHROM
Size: 266 employees
Industry: Manufacturing & Production – Chemicals
Ownership: Private
HR: www.vivechrom.gr

8. HELLENIC POST BANK
Size: 1507 employees
Industry: Financial Services, Insurance, Banking & Credit
Ownership: Private
Notes: Has English, but no Career section

9. MARFIN EGNATIA BANK
Size: 2955 employees
Industry: Financial Services, Insurance, Banking & Credit
Ownership: Private
Career section: No listings
Notes: Has CV submission in English

10. DELOITTE
Size: 362 employees
Industry: Professional Consulting-Actuarial/Risk Assessment
Ownership: Private
Careers: www.deloitte.gr

“Small” Companies: 50-250 Employees

1. PISCINES IDEALES
Size: 135 employees
Industry: Construction – Swimming pools
Ownership: Private
Careers: Choose English or French in bottom right corner. Navigate to Company -> Career

2. MICROSOFT HELLAS
Size: 113 employees
Industry: Information Technology
Ownership: Private
Careers: www.microsoft.com/hellas
Notes: Listings in both English and Greek

3. BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB
Size: 166 employees
Industry: Biotechnology & Pharmaceuticals
Ownership: Private
Careers: 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

4. CISCO HELLAS
Size: 50 employees
Industry: Information Technology
Ownership: Private
Careers: www.cisco.gr
Notes: No English. Has Career section in Greek that links to a central site in English, but there are no listings for Greece.

Monumental Plaza, Bldg ‘Γ’
Leof. Kifissias 44
151 25 Marousi
Tel: (210) 6381 300
Fax: (210) 6381 490
Email: contactcisco-hellas@cisco.com

5. AION
Size: 62 employees
Industry: Retail Carpets
Ownership: Private
Careers: www.aion.gr
Notes: Has English, but vacancies are only listed in Greek

6. PSIMITIS
Size: 72 employees
Industry: Medical sales/distribution
Ownership: Private
Notes: Clear navigation in both English and Greek

7. 3M HELLAS
Size: 105 employees
Industry: Manufacturing & Production
Ownership: Private
Job opportunities: www.3m.gr
Notes: No English, no listings

Kifissias 20
151 25 Marousi
Tel: (210) 6885 300
Email: Contact form

8. GENESIS PHARMA
Size: 174 employees
Industry: Biotechnology & Pharmaceuticals
Ownership: Private
Careers: www.genesispharma.gr

9. EXODUS
Size: 105 employees
Industry: Information Technology
Ownership: Private
Careers: www.exodus.gr
Notes: English version takes you to the USA website, so stay on the Greek site. Vacancies are listed in English (use the link I provide in Careers if you can’t read Greek). CVs can also be sent to: jobs@exodus.gr

10. JOHNSON DIVERSEY HELLAS
Size: 67 employees
Industry: Manufacturing & Production – Chemicals
Ownership: Private
Careers: www.johnsondiversey.gr
Notes: No English, no current openings.
CVs can be sent to: HR.Greece@JohnsonDiversey.com

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