Salesforce’s 3 keys to becoming an employer of choice

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“We were recently recognised for the third year running by Forbes magazine as the world’s most innovative company. This means that our people are constantly learning, innovating, contributing and genuinely changing the world for our customers through our market-leading products”, states Salesforce APAC Director of Recruiting Mike Hulse.

Three key factors led to Salesforce being recognised as the “Best Place to Work”, according to the company’s APAC Director of Recruiting, Mike Hulse. Mike states that the first standout point is the company’s “1/1/1/ philanthropy model”, in which every employee is actively involved in giving back to the community and receives six paid days a year to volunteer at a charity of their choice.

The second factor, according to Hulse, is the company’s culture. “It’s a cliché, but we really do have an incredible culture,” he said.

“We were recently recognised for the third year running by Forbes magazine as the world’s most innovative company. This means that our people are constantly learning, innovating, contributing and genuinely changing the world for our customers through our market leading products.”

The third factor is the quality of people in Salesforce, said Hulse. “We make it hard to get a job with salesforce,” he said.

“Don’t be afraid to rock the boat and remove people who are not part of the solution”

“We only select the best and brightest and ask them to undertake many interviews. This ensures that only the most passionate, most aligned, most capable people come to work here and this talent acts as a magnet for more like-minded people.”

Salesforce made number four in the list of the 50 best places to work in Australia, and Hulse said other leaders looking to turn their organisation into an employer of choice should take a couple of steps.

“Firstly, get some data. Enter the Best Place to Work Awards (even though you may not place highly the first time) and use the survey to find out what your employees think are your strengths as an organisation, and what areas need focus,” he said.

“Work on both of those areas relentlessly, and don’t be afraid to rock the boat and remove people who are not part of the solution.

“Secondly, only ever hire people who are the best at what they do, and who you would be happy to have a beer with. No exceptions.”

Hulse also said that having an inspirational leader, transparency at all levels, great products, and a generous rewards and benefits package also help.