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Italy’s best employers: many affinities but not completely

Gabriele Guglielmi, Filcams Cgil International Policies Coordinator and OpenCorporation

Many affinities but not completely

Comparison between OpenCorporation Ranking as of October 1, 2021 and Italy’s best employers 2022

Six companies are at the top of both rankings

  1. Manpower
  2. Allianz
  3. Enel
  4. Webuild
  5. LVMH
  6. Assicurazioni Generali

Measuring the behavior of companies is always useful, finding similarities in assessment is as comforting as it is intriguing to find differences, sometimes enormous.

For example, Heineken: in OpenCorporation (OC) is in position 172 out of 586, in Italy best employers (Ibe) is at the top.

It is stimulating to compare methodologies and results. Comparisons are mutually enriching.

OC has been producing ratings and rankings since 2017, which are comparable since 2018; in 2021 it published two comparative analyses with its own ranking:

10 February 2021 and “Is there really anyone who can give a “seal of approval” on working conditions?” comparison with:

30 April 2021 on the occasion of the presentation of the ranking GPtW (Great Place to Work) related to Italy published, as well as on their site, also on the insert L’Economia del Corriere della sera of April 26, 2021 with a focus on how they acted with the terrible news #Covid-19 (with this regard, please read yhis Seal of approval for working conditions faces the pandemic)

The comparison between the OpenCorporation Ranking and Italy’s best employers 2022 seemed even more complex and therefore tantalizing, particularly because “Corriere della sera” (this time not in the Economy supplement, but in the Good News supplement) and “Statista” produce data using a “union” approach, that is, analyzing the “condition of male and female workers (we presume, even if an analysis by ‘gender’ is not specified)”, basing the evaluation on two main criteria: “A worker’s willingness to recommend his or her employer…Workers’ judgments about other employers within the same industry. ”

So Ibe evaluates and measures “bottom-up” and “sideways” “reputation,” as OC seeks to do as well. The top 400 have the right to display the “blue stamp”: the Italy’s Best Employers certificate.

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The two observatories are different:

  • In terms of scale, different but comparable: 1/100 OC and 1/10 Ibe;
    • In terms of data gathering methods:
      • OC develops an annual questionnaire, with monthly updates, with 131 questions and over 500 data points for each company;
      • Statista collected data during the period April 19-May 31, 2021 (22,500 direct and 260 thousand indirect ratings). Among the top 400, the score has a scale ranging from Heineken which is first with 9.00 points,  Gi Group, Indra, Cigierre which tied with 6,91 point occupy positions 398 to 400;
    • In terms of scope
      • OC: Multinational companies, also not present in Italy, with at least 1,000 employees; publishes the files of 9,809 multinational companies;
      • Ibe Companies with more than 250 employees in Italy
        • publishes results of the first 400
          • ith also about twenty sectoral rankings e.g. Clothing, Automobile and Vehicle Construction, Tourism, Transportation and Logistics, Sales.

List of the 586 OC and 400 Ibe (with comparable companies highlighted since they are present in both Elaboration by OpenCorporation)

The 95 comparable companies (Elaboration by OpenCorporation, editor’s note:  in red OC companies re-named to allow “alphabetical” comparison with Ibe).


The author has as objective the evaluation of possible synergies between the two observatories; therefore the comparisons that follow, are mainly “political” finalized to understand more the similarities than the differences.

Methodological introduction

The different perimeter does not allow homogeneity, the rating/score, by standardizing the scale, does.

With the harmonized scale we have identified five groups, plus one: from A to E, with distance steps between 0.10 and 0.10, comparable because they have similar values, and NN not comparable because the values are too different.

Achieving, out of two, even one value, qualifies for group membership.

The 95 compared companies by subgroups and groups (A-C) and (D-E)

Source: OpenCorporation

The summary of the companies compared shows us that at least similar evaluations (within the range 0.7-1.3), compensate for those that are not even comparable and that, in any case, comparisons, and therefore also integrations between systems, are possible and synergies can also be possible for more than 60% of the audience.  

The podium

Gold (A)

(Elaboration by OpenCorporation Group A companies (range between >=0,90 and <=1,10))

Few reflections, mainly on the countries of origin of the companies.

Three Italian companies and one from: France, Germany and the United States. All companies that, at least in OC, are consistently among the Top. Note that the closest to the 1.00 reference value is Manpower followed by Allianz while with a value just above the threshold,  Assicurazioni Generali  remains in group A.

Silver (B)

One Italian Autogrill and one Spanish NH HOTEL both of the travel and tourism sector and as many as five French  ALSTOM Schneider Electric  EDENRED among which two are banks: BNP PARIBAS  Crédit Agricole

(Elaboration by OpenCorporation, download the list: Group B companies (range between >=0,80 e <=1,20)

Bronze (C)

In addition to the two main Italian banks, the “group podium” also includes INTESA SANPAOLO and Unicredit some other italian companies Eni  Atlantia  Buzzi Unicem, major European automotive manufacturers BMW CNH Industrial Mercedes-Benz  DAIMLER AG and apparel H&M  Inditex .

Scattered presence of American companies Caterpillar  JOHNSON & JOHNSON  many other U.S. companies, as is the case with Japanese companies, mainly populate the NN group

(Elaboration by OpenCorporation, download the list group C companies ‘range between >=0,70 and <=1,30’ further data and documents are downloadable here OpenCorporationOpenData)

Operational Conclusion

After this “political” interpretation, I hope the professional work of processing the data of both observatories will follow, and we may discuss how information and methodologies can integrate and interact, of how we can collaborate.

Thanking them for the excellent service they are producing I would like to pass “word, pen and calculator” to: Marta D’Angelo, Sales & Marketing Italy and Niccolo Pesenti, International Sales Manager Italy of Statista and to Davide Dazzi from IRES ER who coordinates the research team of OpenCorporation

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