May 19, 2020

The top three workplaces for millennials: Ultimate Software, SAS and Quicken Loans

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Ultimate Software
SAS Institute
Prasun Bose
3 min
The top three workplaces for millennials: Ultimate Software, SAS and Quicken Loans

A Fortune study has revealed the Top 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials, with tens of thousands of young employees being surveyed across the United States.

Here we profile the top three companies to work for as a millennial:

Ultimate Software
Ultimate Software – a cloud provider of human capital management (HCM) solutions – emerged as the best company to work for as a millennial. 

Based out of Florida, the 3,700 employee-strong company works on end-to-end solutions for, among other areas, human resources, payroll and talent management.

Known for its commitment to its staff, employees said that ‘management believes in every one of them from the start’ which helps create an ‘engaging and positive’ atmosphere.

Another worker added that they ‘love all the little things Ultimate does for us, from catered lunches to birthday celebrations to frequent recognition for our work’. 

The company’s website states that ‘at Ultimate Software, we have always put our people first. This idea permeates our culture to its core. 

‘For over 25 years, it has driven us to create the innovative products and services we offer today. As a result, we enable our customers to put their people first—helping them build the people-centric environments they need to grow and meet their business goals.’ 

SAS Institute
North Carolina’s SAS Institute finished a respectable second behind Ultimate Software. 

The company develops analytics software and has become one of the major players in its field since being founded over 40 years ago by James Goodnight, who remains CEO to this day.

Staff say that the ‘management trusts and fully believes in the idea that millennials are the future of this company’ and that ‘there’s a very unique sense of community throughout’. 

SAS has customers in 149 countries around the globe, employs over 14,000 people and turned over revenue totalling $3.2bn in 2016 alone.

Its online profile boasts that ‘we help organisations turn large amounts of data into knowledge they can use, and we do it better than anyone. 

‘It’s no wonder an overwhelming majority of customers continue to use SAS year after year. We believe it’s because we hire great people to create great software and services’.

Quicken Loans
Completing the top three was Quicken Loans, the mortgage lending company based in Detroit.

Formed in 1985 as Rock Financial, Quicken Loans pledges to ‘find a better way’ for its clients – and, according to its employees, has played a significant role in picking the city of Detroit up from off its feet.

‘It’s nice to be a part of a company that has shaped this city into what it is today, especially after Detroit’s bankruptcy’ said one worker, with another saying ‘this is a company that believes in innovation. We are encouraged and empowered to make improvements on our own’. 

One millennial added that ‘as a young professional, this is a wonderful place to work. Every year, they pay for me to attend a conference or workshop of my choosing. They’ve also been willing to pay for trainings’. 

Quicken Loans employs over 9,000 millennials along, with that number making up 67% of its workforce.

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Jun 10, 2021

G7 Summit guide: What it is and what leaders hope to achieve

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G7Summit
Sustainability
EU
3 min
Business Chief delves into what the G7 is and represents and what its 2021 summit hopes to achieve

Unless you’ve had your head buried in the sand, you’ll have seen the term ‘G7’ plastered all over the Internet this week. We’re going to give you the skinny on exactly what the G7 is and what its purpose on this planet is ─ and whether it’s a good or a bad collaboration. 

 

Who are the G7?

The Group of Seven, or ‘G7’, may sound like a collective of pirate lords from a certain Disney smash-hit, but in reality, it’s a group of the world’s seven largest “advanced” economies ─ the powerhouses of the world, if you like. 

The merry band comprises:

  • Canada
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • The United Kingdom
  • The United States

Historically, Russia was a member of the then-called ‘G8’ but found itself excluded after their ever-so-slightly illegal takeover of Crimea back in 2014.

 

Since 1977, the European Union has also been involved in some capacity with the G7 Summit. The Union is not recognised as an official member, but gradually, as with all Europe-linked affairs, the Union has integrated itself into the conversation and is now included in all political discussions on the annual summit agenda. 

 

When was the ‘G’ formed?

Back in 1975, when the world was reeling from its very first oil shock and the subsequent financial fallout that came with it, the heads of state and government from six of the leading industrial countries had a face-to-face meeting at the Chateau de Rambouillet to discuss the global economy, its trajectory, and what they could do to address the economic turmoil that reared its ugly head throughout the 70s. 

 

Why does the G7 exist?

At this very first summit ─ the ‘G6’ summit ─, the leaders adopted a 15-point communiqué, the Declaration of Rambouillet, and agreed to continuously meet once a year moving forward to address the problems of the day, with a rotating Presidency. One year later, Canada was welcomed into the fold, and the ‘G6’ became seven and has remained so ever since ─ Russia’s inclusion and exclusion not counted. 

 

The group, as previously mentioned, was born in the looming shadow of a financial crisis, but its purpose is more significant than just economics. When leaders from the group meet, they discuss and exchange ideas on a broad range of issues, including injustice around the world, geopolitical matters, security, and sustainability. 

 

It’s worth noting that, while the G7 may be made up of mighty nations, the bloc is an informal one. So, although it is considered an important annual event, declarations made during the summit are not legally binding. That said, they are still very influential and worth taking note of because it indicates the ambitions and outlines the initiatives of these particularly prominent leading nations. 

 

Where is the 2021 G7 summit?

This year, the summit will be held in the United Kingdom deep in the southwest of England, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson hosting his contemporaries in the quaint Cornish resort of Carbis Bay near St Ives in Cornwall. 
 

What will be discussed this year? 

After almost two years of remote communication, this will be the first in-person G7 summit since the novel Coronavirus first took hold of the globe, and Britain wants “leaders to seize the opportunity to build back better from coronavirus, uniting to make the future fairer, greener, and more prosperous.”

 

The three-day summit, running from Friday to Sunday, will see the seven leaders discussing a whole host of shared challenges, ranging from the pandemic and vaccine development and distribution to the ongoing global fight against climate change through the implementation of sustainable norms and values. 

 

According to the UK government, the attendees will also be taking a look at “ensuring that people everywhere can benefit from open trade, technological change, and scientific discovery.” 

 

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