What can be considered a best place to work in the cloud?

The Cloud Computing industry can be intense and high-pressured, which is why it’s important to recognize and celebrate the investment in people required to fuel staff retention in larger organizations — or sustain momentum for leaner up-and-comers. Applicants will naturally be expected to provide KPIs on staff satisfaction and retention, alongside testimonial evidence.

A best place to work in the cloud refers to an organization that provides an exceptional work environment, culture, and opportunities specifically within the cloud computing industry. Here are some factors that can contribute to being considered a best place to work in the cloud:

  • Company Culture: A strong emphasis on fostering a positive and inclusive company culture where employees feel valued, supported, and empowered. This includes promoting collaboration, innovation, and a healthy work-life balance.
  • Career Development: Providing ample opportunities for professional growth and advancement within the cloud computing field. This can include training programs, mentorship initiatives, and opportunities to work on cutting-edge projects that expand employees’ skill sets.
  • Work-Life Balance: Prioritizing work-life balance by offering flexible work arrangements, remote work options, and supportive policies that enable employees to maintain a healthy balance between work and personal life.
  • Competitive Compensation and Benefits: Offering competitive salaries, comprehensive benefits packages, and additional perks that demonstrate the organization’s commitment to employee well-being and satisfaction.
  • Continuous Learning and Skill Development: Encouraging a culture of continuous learning and skill development by providing access to resources, training programs, and certifications related to cloud computing technologies.
  • Employee Engagement: Actively engaging employees through regular communication channels, feedback mechanisms, employee recognition programs, and opportunities for involvement in decision-making processes.
  • Diversity and Inclusion: Promoting a diverse and inclusive work environment that values and respects individuals from different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.
  • Workforce Support: Providing a supportive work environment with accessible resources, tools, and technology necessary for employees to excel in their roles. This includes investing in state-of-the-art cloud infrastructure and tools that enable efficient and effective work processes.
  • Social Responsibility: Demonstrating a commitment to social responsibility by engaging in sustainable practices, corporate social responsibility initiatives, and philanthropic activities that positively impact the community.
  • Employee Well-being: Prioritizing employee well-being by offering wellness programs, mental health support, and resources that promote a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

Organizations that excel in these areas are likely to be considered as the best places to work in the cloud, attracting top talent and fostering a positive and fulfilling work environment within the cloud computing industry.

Previous recognition for Best Place to Work in the Cloud

For a broader understanding of this Cloud Awards category, we have gathered examples from previous winners, finalists, and shortlistees which impressed the judging team with their practices regarding cloud workplaces.

Winner of The Cloud Awards 2022-2023 for the Best Place to Work in the Cloud

Lead Judge Annabelle Whittall, said:

“We at The Cloud Awards know that Tackle.io is a great place to work. They put their employees at the heart of everything they do. With regular “pulse meetings” and superb managerial feedback loops in place, employees report that they genuinely feel looked after. And the proof is in the pudding; high staff retentions and fantastic employee satisfaction mean that Tackle.io have the kind of engaged workforce that give them an operational advantage. Congratulations, Tackle.io! (We’d love an invite to your office holiday party!) 

Winner of The Cloud Awards 2021-2022 for the Best Place to Work in the Cloud
Lead Judge Annabelle Whittall, said:

“CoreStack is the kind of place we all want to work. Staff at CoreStack love the culture, the opportunities for growth and the flexible working practices. Happy employees are productive employees and it shows in CoreStack’s impressive product offerings. which offer a seamless learning experience with an exceptionally user-friendly interface. Well done, CoreStack, from all of us at the Cloud Awards.”

A strong entry for the  Best Place to Work in the Cloud category should have:

  1. Staff Retention and Turnover: Showcase low turnover rates and high employee retention as indicators of a positive work environment. Provide data on employee tenure and turnover rates compared to industry benchmarks.
  2. Employee Benefits and Perks: Highlight comprehensive benefits packages and additional perks offered to employees. Include details on healthcare coverage, retirement plans, vacation policies, parental leave, flexible work arrangements, and other employee benefits.
  3. Learning and Development Opportunities: Showcase investment in employee growth and development through metrics such as training hours per employee, participation rates in learning programs, certifications earned, and career advancement opportunities.
  4. Employee Recognition and Rewards: Demonstrate a strong culture of recognition and rewards through metrics such as employee recognition programs, rewards and incentives, and employee feedback on recognition efforts.
  5. Employee Development and Promotion: Showcase opportunities for career growth and promotion within the organization. Provide data on employee promotions, internal mobility rates, and the percentage of leadership positions filled internally.
  6. Employee Feedback and Communication: Showcase strong employee feedback mechanisms and transparent communication channels. Include metrics on employee participation in feedback surveys, response rates to employee concerns, and employee satisfaction with communication channels.

Why Enter The Cloud Awards?

Since 2011, The Cloud Awards been helping organizations across the globe gain the recognition they deserve for market-leading innovation in the cloud computing and software sectors.

For a detailed breakdown of all the benefits you receive as an awards entrant as either a shortlistee, finalist or ultimate winner, please see our “Why Enter?” page. The many benefits are replicated across all international awards programs. If you have any questions about this category, please contact us.