The Best Place to Work: See how Nigerian Companies ranked in 2016

Let’s get the spoilers out of the way so we don’t take the interesting facts in this piece with more than the required pinch of salt.

One, there are not many Nigerians gainfully employed, so a “Best Place to Work” is not really yet a thing. Folks will basically take anything that can pay the rent, fuel the generator and top-up airtime and data. While some jobs are really no more than daily excuses to not be seen in the yard during the day, the saying about a bird at hand and its worth in the bush strikes whenever the thought of resignation comes to many people.

With those realities given their due, let’s be a bit optimistic. Not all jobs are the same and not all jobs are good for you. You should work where you would hardly differentiate between work and fun and that is why Jobberman’s ranking should make sense to us.

The rankings have been done based on a set of criteria related to work satisfaction and career goals. With a modest sample size and 51% of respondents earning under NGN100,000,  the report gives an insight into where fresh grads and job seekers should be looking to make their pitches. has taken the pleasure of dissecting Jobberman’s Best 100 companies for 2016 according to Industry, with few comments to guide an appreciation of the report.


  • Shell
  • NNPC
  • Chevron
  • Exxon Mobil
  • NLNG
  • Total
  • Seplat Petroleum
  • Agip, Sahara Group
  • Addax Petroleum
  • Nepal Oil and Gas

The ‘dream-job’ industry features most of the usual suspects. Shell, number one in 2013, seats at Number 5 in this list, making it the first company to be in the top 5 twice since Jobberman began its rankings.


  • General Electric
  • Lafarge
  • Cummins West Africa
  • Levant Construction
  • Aggreko
  • Schlumberger

General Electric was the Best Place to Work in 2016, per these rankings. At 83, Schlumberger got a shout-out from the AMVCA 2017 stage. Movie of the Year (’76) Producer, Adonijah Owiriwah appreciated the firm for permitting him to work on the movie for the eight year production period, while working as an engineer there.


  • GTB
  • FirstBank
  • Union Bank
  • Leadway pensure
  • AXA Mansard
  • Access
  • Accion Microfinance
  • Wema Bank
  • Zenith Bank
  • Fidelity Bank
  • AIICO Insurance
  • Standard Chartered Bank.
  • Interswitch
  • Mastercard

In a cluster of Banks, pension managers Leadway pensure made the top 20 overall. Handling the funds of our statesmen and women should be a sacred and fun duty, shouldn’t it?


Rankings for Best Place to Work 2016 (Source: Jobberman)


  • Google
  • Andela
  • IBM
  • SystemSpecs
  • Microsoft
  • Seamfix

Who else is looking for facebook and the start-ups from ‘Yaba valley’? But instead of that, why not look up SystemSpecs and Seamfix?


  • Airtel
  • Ericsson
  • MTN
  • etisalat
  • IHS Nigeria Limited
  • glo

The ‘Big Four’ of Mobile Telecoms are all in. No surprises.


Konga has not done too badly, though it dropped 9 places from its Number 1 spot on the 2015 list. Jumia down to 65 from 46.


  • Nestle
  • NBC
  • UAC
  • Nigerian Breweries
  • Honeywell Flour Mills
  • Dangote
  • Chi Limited
  • Bua Group
  • Reckitt Benckiser
  • Guinness
  • British American Tobacco
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Unilever
  • GlaskoSmithKline
  • Flour Mills of Nigeria
  • Sanofi Pharmaceuticals
  • Cadbury

The most represented industry; because recession or not, Nigerians must eat, drink and keep themselves clean and healthy. None are in the top 10 though; Nestle lead at number 11.


  • Cool FM
  • Insight Communications Limited
  • Mediareach OMD Limited
  • Iroko partners
  • Lagos Television

Insight dropped from number 3 on the 2015 list, to 33 this year. Shout-out to LTV who make the list this year at 76. Channels TV, not on the list this year, was number 6 last year. No print media house, newspaper or magazine, features.


  • Integrated Corporate Services Limited
  • KPMG
  • Courtville Business Solutions
  • Deloitte
  • Accenture
  • Aluko & Oyebode

Two of the Professional Services “Big Four” are here. You may want to check why Integrated Corp is at number 12.


  • Maersk
  • British Airways
  • DHL
  • Uber
  • APM Terminals

Uber fever, paying drivers. Enough said.


  • NNPC
  • NPA
  • Institute of Human Virology
  • CBN
  • Public Private Development Centre
  • NLNG
  • NCC
  • FIRS
  • NDIC
  • FAAN
  • NDDC
  • Federal Civil Service Commission.

NNPC is at number 14, The Civil Service Commission is at number 93. Not that we needed those figures to tell whose workers are likely to be enjoying work more, but there you have it.


APIN Public Health Initiatives and fhi360


  • UN
  • World Bank
  • WHO
  • US Embassy
  • AFRICA Finance Corp
  • Africa Dev Bank

Nigerians are in the top leading positions in at least four of the eight enlisted. If you have Abraham as your father, etc

So, while this should not become the restricted list for job searching (I mean, where are our dear security agencies?), here you have 100 options to start with. Make the best of it.

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