Top 20 companies to work for – according to Gen Z

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Australian Gen Z-ers have spoken on remote work, perks – and the top 20 companies to work for in 2024.
Hatch co-founders Adam Jacobs (L) and Chaz Heitner (R). Image source: Supplied

Gen Z workers (those born between 1997 and 2012) have confirmed they prefer flexible hybrid work policies, and with this cohort set to comprise more than a quarter of the entire global workforce by 2025, companies are listening.

According to a new survey by jobs marketplace Hatch, co-founded by Iconic co-founder Adam Jacobs and Zip co-founder Chaz Heitner in 2017, Gen Z value workplace culture, and an office with a good environment.

“We know that Gen Z values a great workplace culture, with active opportunities to learn and collaborate,” Jacobs said.

“They’re a generation who missed out on the buzz of an office environment at the start of their careers, yet they don’t want to be told they have to be in the office. Employers who are offering hybrid work options are able to attract the best talent, with flexible work from home arrangements and active opportunities to collaborate and come together.”

Hatch, which announced a $7 million seed round in February to scale its jobs marketplace, takes skills, values and motivations into account when matching candidates with potential workplaces and is targeted at Gen Z professionals.

The company claims it has grown 20% month-on-month for the past two years, gaining market share in the $28 billion Gen Y/Z hiring market. It also says more than 150,000 candidates and 120 Australian companies (including Woolworths, Uber, Qantas and Domain) are using Hatch, with more than 150,000 applications submitted via the platform.

And, according to the more than 3,000 Gen Z employees surveyed by Hatch, 20 companies, including Amazon, Canva and The Iconic, stand out to the younger cohort.

The top 20 companies to work for according to Gen Z

In alphabetical order:

  1. Accenture
  2. Airtasker
  3. Amazon
  4. Atlassian
  5. Blackbird
  6. Canva
  7. Commonwealth Bank
  8. Deputy
  9. Domain
  10. Eucalyptus
  11. Google
  12. Lyka
  13. Microsoft
  14. NSW Government
  15. Qantas
  16. SafetyCulture
  17. The Iconic
  18. TikTok
  19. Vow
  20. Zip

Why did these companies make the cut for Gen Z? More than 90% of those listed offer hybrid work options. Many offer development and growth opportunities, good culture, and are committed to diversity and inclusion.

For example, the Lyka team aim to be in the office three days per week, and allow staff to bring their pets to the Sydney and Melbourne office. Deputy offers social events and office clubs, while Eucalyptus puts on a weekly social sport, quarterly rooftop parties and weekly catered fireside chats.

On the contrary, more than 25% of Gen Z-ers said they would walk away from a potential new job if they don’t align with the company’s culture, followed by a lack of learning and progression opportunities, and if salaries didn’t meet their expectations.

What Gen Z want from their workplace
  1. Gen Z want to work for companies making an impact
  2. They want larger salaries earlier in their career, and prefer it to work perks like snacks and gym memberships
  3. Work-life balance and “good vibes”
  4. Learning and growth opportunities
  5. More than 75% want to spend some time in the office

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