Works Applications Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Minato-ku, Tokyo; Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer: Masayuki Makino; hereinafter "WAP") is pleased to announce that we were ranked #1 in the 4th annual "Great Place to Work" list by the Great Place to Work Institute Japan (Hereinafter "GPTW").
GPTW defines great places to work as "places where the employees trust the company, managers, and executives, have pride in their work, and can have a sense of community with the people they work with." The "Great Place to Work" list ranks companies based on employee surveys on "trust," "pride," and "sense of community, as well as on company-submitted employee statistical data and information regarding internal systems and corporate culture.
In fiscal 2008, WAP was ranked within the top 25 companies. In fiscal 2009, it was ranked as the #4 company. Following this, WAP implemented a number of reforms of its internal systems and workplace environments based on the employee questionnaires, etc. In this years' survey, which began last summer, WAP received strong marks due to a dramatic increase in employee support regarding the elements of "respect," "pride," and "sense of community." We believe this is what led to the selection as #1 this year.
WAP has two corporate philosophies: "providing Japanese corporations with world-class information investment efficiency" and "providing Japan's critical workers with a place to shine." Based on these, WAP will continue to strive to create products that will lead to further social contribution, provide a field that keeps employees excited, improve our internal systems, and develop our corporate culture.
About the Great Place to Work Institute and Great Place to Work Institute Japan
The Great Place to Work Institute publishes the "Great Place to Work" based on surveys and analysis in over 40 countries using shared standards. In the United States, the best 100 American companies are listed in Fortune magazine every year starting in 1998. With over 3600 companies participating around the world, over 1,000,000 employees participate in surveys, making it the world's largest employee attitude survey.
Great Place to Work Institute Japan began researching and publishing the Japanese list in 2007. With this year being the 4th annual list, 81 companies from those with more than 250 employees participated.
*"2010 4th Annual "Great Place to Work" in Japan List"