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Emphasizing long-term career prospects and a performance-driven working culture, three companies were named the best employers in Indonesia this year, according to a survey conducted by Aon Hewitt.

The global human resource consulting firm named Astra International, the country’s largest auto distributor, state construction company Wijaya Karya and insurance firm Axa Indonesia as this year’s winners.

Aon Hewitt compiled surveys of 140,000 employees working in more than 800 organization across 11 countries in the Asia-Pacific. In Indonesia, it interviewed chief executives from 12 nominated companies. This year’s results were compiled by teaming up with Globe Asia, which like the Jakarta Globe is affiliated with the Lippo Group.

“We first launched the Best Employers study in 2001 to explore three vital questions,” Edouard Merette, chief executive at Aon Hewitt Consulting for Asia Pacific, said while announcing the winners on Monday. “How do organizations create competitive advantage through their people, what makes it a great place to work and who are the best employers in Asia.”

Astra International, which operates in sectors such as automotive and agribusiness, has grown its workforce from 133,000 people last year to more than 152,000 within its 148 as of the end of May. “We can’t work without a system in a big and diversified company like Astra,” said F.X. Sri Martono, Astra International’s vice president and chief of human capital development.

Astra International employed about 3,000 fresh college graduates last year. “It is hard to compete with foreign companies, so what we can offer them is a long-term career and self-development,” Martono said.

Wijaya Karya employs 1,400 local engineers and nurtures their talents by providing scholarships and training. It spends about Rp 10 billion annually for training and coaching programs.

“We used to trust our partners to select the workforce, but it did not turn out well. We learned from our mistake and now select our skilled laborers directly,” said Tonny Warsono, the company’s director of human capital and business development. “We went to the local governments and asked their help to fill in our labor requirements for projects.”

Axa Indonesia, which has more than 500 employees, has seen steady growth in its business. “Most employees seek money, a career and development that makes them grow,” said Randy Lianggara, Axa’s country chief for Indonesia. “We know what motivates them and how we can resolve any issues.”

The trial is ongoing.


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