It was the only food manufacturing company to make it on the list, moving from 24th position in last year’s list. Retailers and professional services companies occupied a majority of positions.
Warburtons was also the only food company to make it on the list since the survey launched in 2001.
Chairman Jonathan Warburton said being the only food manufacturer to have appeared on the list for two consecutive years was a testament to the hard work and commitment of the business.
‘Tough industry to work in’
“The manufacturing and distribution sector continues to be a tough industry to work in and recruit for, but we are very proud to say that the 4,500 people who run our 26 bakery and depot sites continue to feel valued, well looked after and proud to work for us,” he said.
“This makes the honour of being on the Best Big Company list even more meaningful and makes our job so much more worthwhile.”
Warburton said that being recognised by the Sunday Times has raised the moral of the company’s staff.
“This accolade encourages each individual to remain passionate and committed to implementing our longstanding business principles,” said Warburtons.
“This year we have improved the ways in which we support everyone, to ensure we make our family business a best place to work, for everyone, every day.”
Warburton said the levels of engagement employees felt with their jobs had increased and it has continued to offer training and opportunities to further staff career prospects.
The Best Companies survey compiles the views of employees on eight key areas, including: wellbeing, leadership and personal development to give the business an overall ranking.
The Sunday Times classified big companies as businesses with over 3,000 employees. The survey took place in September 2016 and the results were announced last week (Friday 24 February).
A total of 857 organisations registered to take part in this year’s survey, with 82 new entries in the final line-up of 330.
Warburton added: “Warburtons is more ambitious and driven than ever before and this recognition enables us to both continue on our mission to be best for people and to recruit and retain the very best talent there is.”
Retailer Iceland also made this year’s list, retaining its 11th position from last year. For a full list of the firms featured in The Sunday Times’s 30 Best Big Companies to work for 2017, see the table below.
Meanwhile, frozen ready meals producer Cook was named the best food firm in The Sunday Times’s 100 best mid-sized businesses – 250 to 3,000 employees – to work for. The company ranked 31st over-all, dropping two places from 28th last year.
Organic baby food brand Ella’s kitchen came 22nd on the list of best Small and Medium Sized businesses to work for, up from 26th position last year.