Marriott in the UAE Places Third in the Great Place to Work® Institute Survey of Top Employers for 2012
Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Marriott International (NYSE:MAR) has been officially recognized as one of the top three “Top Companies to Work for in the UAE” for 2012 by Great Place to Work Institute, a global research and management consultancy. Marriott in the UAE ranked third in the competition, behind FedEx at number one and Microsoft at number two. The official list, published in the February issue of Executive Magazine and Business Pioneer, is a ranking of the UAE’s 10 best employers based on the confidential feedback of employees and an audit of management practices. A ceremony to celebrate the winners was held last night at the Monarch Hotel in Dubai. [Photo: Receiving the Award for Marriott International in the Middle East /Africa region (from left) Jeff Strachan, VP Sales & Marketing; Ibrahim Barghout, area Vice President; and Gary Dodds, VP Human Resources.]
“This independent assessment by our employees from the global Great Places to Work Institute, is great recognition of the Marriott culture and how our leadership truly delivers that each and every day,” says Gary Dodds, vice president, Human Resources, for Marriott International and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C, for the Middle East & Africa.
To pick the “Top Companies to Work for in the UAE”, the Great Place to Work® Institutes conducts an evaluation of each participating company. Two-thirds of the company’s score is based on the results of the Institute’s Trust Index survey, which is sent to the employees from each company. The survey asks questions related to their attitudes about the management’s credibility, employee engagement and job satisfaction. The other third of the scoring is based on the company’s responses to the Institute’s Culture Audit, which includes detailed questions about pay and benefits programs and a series of open-ended questions about hiring, communication, and development.
Commenting on the Top Companies list, Dr. Farrukh Kidwai, Chief Executive Officer of Great Place to Work Institute UAE, said: “By evaluating levels of credibility, respect, fairness, pride and camaraderie between employees and their managers, their jobs and their colleagues, we are able to help organizations improve their productivity and profitability.” Details of the full list can be found at www.greatplacetowork.ae, or through the Business Pioneer and Executive magazines in their February issues.
For the 15th consecutive year, Marriott International earned top marks on FORTUNE magazines “100 Best Companies to Work For” list, rising 14 places, from 71st to 57th. This distinction maintains Marriott’s “All Star” status as one of only 13 companies that have appeared on every list since it launched in 1998.
About Marriott in the United Arab Emirates…Marriott International currently operates seven hotels and 1,566 rooms in the UAE and Dubai specifically, including the following brands: The Ritz-Carlton, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Marriott Executive Apartments and Courtyard by Marriott. Another eight hotels are in the pipeline for development in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, including the spectacular 1,614-room J Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, opening at the end of 2012.
MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC. (NYSE:MAR) is a leading lodging company with nearly 3,700 lodging properties in 72 countries and territories. Marriott International operates and franchises hotels under the Marriott, JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, EDITION, Autograph Collection, Renaissance, AC Hotels by Marriott, Residence Inn, Courtyard, TownePlace Suites, Fairfield Inn & Suites, SpringHill Suites and Bulgari brand names; licenses the development and operation of vacation ownership resorts under the Marriott Vacation Club and Grand Residences by Marriott brands and licenses the development of The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club brand to the newly independent Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation; licenses and manages whole-ownership residential brands, including The Ritz-Carlton Residences, JW Marriott Residences and Marriott Residences; operates Marriott Executive Apartments; provides furnished corporate housing through its Marriott ExecuStay division; and operates conference centers. The company is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and had approximately 129,000 employees at 2010 year-end. It is ranked by FORTUNE as the lodging industry’s most admired company and one of the best companies to work for. In fiscal year 2010, Marriott International reported sales from continuing operations of nearly $12 billion. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.
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