Essex and Suffolk Water has been named one of the UK’s “Best Workplaces” for the third year running. 


Great Place to Work® UK has included the water company in the super large category of the UK’s Best Workplaces™ list, following the results of a survey of employees, that reflected the company’s promotion of a healthy workplace culture.


The company, which is part of Northumbrian Water Group, was one of 344 companies recognised, alongside other big names in its category, including Hilton and Deloitte.


Elouise Leonard-Cross, Essex & Suffolk Water’s Head of People Strategy & Experience said: “We’re really pleased to be recognised in this way, not just by Great Place to Work® UK, but more importantly by our people, because the listing is largely determined by how they feel about working here.


“An amazing 87% of our colleagues took part in this survey, so we see it as a strong reflection of what it’s like to work for our company. But it is the people within the business who themselves truly make this such a great place to work, so we have them to thank for being great colleagues who really care about what they do and those they do it with, supporting one another, finding new and better ways to deliver our services, and doing the best they can for our customers every day.


“Every year achieving a place on the list is becoming more challenging as more companies are taking part, so we’re delighted to have achieved a position for the third year.”


An element highlighted was the work employees do to support and benefit the communities they live in and which the company serves.


Through the company's Just an Hour employee volunteering programme, workers supported more than 300 organisations, with 38% of colleagues supporting causes close to their hearts.


To determine the 2023 UK's Best Workplaces™ list, Great Place to Work® performed rigorous evaluations of the hundreds of employee survey responses alongside Culture Audit™ submissions from each company. It then used these data insights to benchmark the effectiveness of companies' employee value propositions against the culture their employees actually experience.  


You can check out the full Great Place to Work® UK, 2023 UK’s Best Workplaces™ list here.