Novosco moves up list of top UK companies to work for
Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Novosco has been ranked as one of the top companies to work for in the UK for the third year in a row.
The IT infrastructure expert was the highest placed Northern Ireland firm to feature in the Sunday Times ‘100 Best Small Companies to Work For’, announced on Wednesday night at an event in London.
At number 69, Novosco, which employs over 100, moved up from number 87 last year. The company came in for particular praise in the areas of Leadership, Wellbeing and Giving Something Back.
The judges highlighted Novosco’s policy of bringing in experts to present to staff on health and well-being and paying for all employees to have a health plan that allows them various benefits. They pointed out that employees have twice weekly fruit deliveries and also weekly acupressure massages for neck and back strain. The company also provides information on quitting smoking, healthy eating and how to maintain a healthy work-life-balance, they said.
In terms of Leadership, the judges said that: “Patrick McAliskey is a Managing Director who knows every employee by name and also what is going on in their lives. He ensures that he gets coffee with every new starter and learns something personal about then… He is an inspiration to all employees. He also has an open door policy, any employee can call into his office to put forward an idea or just bring something up that they feel is important to them. Patrick regularly competes in marathons for charity as well and encourages employees to join him.”
In terms of Giving Something Back, judges said that Novosco always wants to encourage school leavers to consider a career in IT and because of this Patrick McAliskey, the Managing Director does regular talks to schools not just about a career in IT but also about soft skills and how to present yourself in any interview situation. “He teaches them about how to present themselves in a professional situation, eye contact and how to shake someone’s hand for example and these are all important life skills for when the students’ progress into the world of work. Due to how passionately Patrick feels about this, Novosco have had two different local schools bring their A level class to Novosco and have presentations in the life skills mentioned above, about thinking like an entrepreneur and how Patrick got to where he is today. A number of other Managers also present to the students in outlining the paths that they took in getting their careers and then they provide lunch for the students. This has gained positive feedback from the teachers and students involved and Novosco will continue to do this.”
Novosco, headquartered in the Northern Ireland Science Park in Belfast, also has offices in Dublin and Birmingham and carries out work for large organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Its clients range from the UK’s largest health trusts, to significant councils, and major private sector businesses.
Managing Director Patrick McAliskey said: “We are a fast-growing company and one of our key goals is to recruit and retain the very best people in the sector, as they are what set us apart from our competitors. So we put a big emphasis on making Novosco a great place to work, and we’re very pleased that the Sunday Times have recognised that for the third year in a row. We are especially pleased to move up the list again, because we are never content and want to keep getting better,” he says.