Best in class: Mars Australia one of Australia’s best places to work

Sydney, Australia: It’s official - according to the newly released Best Places to Work Study, Mars Australia, best known for its iconic brands such as WHISKAS®, PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, EXTRA®, SKITTLES®, M&M’S®, MALTESERS®, MASTERFOODS® and DOLMIO®, has been ranked the Number 1 best workplace in Australia of businesses with 1,000 or more employees.


Mars Petcare General Manager, Barry O’Sullivan said, “Mars Australia isn’t new to the top 20 but a top five ranking is a major milestone for us. Even more so when for the first time we have been rated against like-sized peers in the new Enterprise Employer category.”

“We have never made our ambition to be one of the best workplaces in Australia a secret.”

“We strive each day to work collaboratively with our more than 2,000 employees across our petcare, confectionery and food segments, to foster a workplace where they can enjoy a long, rewarding career and work on fun, best loved brands that are in nine out of 10 Australian households.”

Mr O’Sullivan said, “We understand that our employees are the heart of our business and while this is a great accolade, we will not rest on our laurels.”

“Our commitment to our employees is that we are always listening and improving our versatile work environment; identifying development, training and secondment opportunities for their professional and personal growth; providing flexible work hours to maintain a work life balance and offering a range of other benefits such as health and wellbeing programs and a bring your pet to work program.”

Best Places to Work is a widely recognised, comprehensive, annual study that recognises the 50 ‘best in class employers’ nationally. Focussed on workplace culture, the study benchmarks businesses against a series of engagement indicators which include trust, pride in work and colleague camaraderie.

Great Place to Work Australia Managing Director Zrinka Lovrencic said, “This is an exciting, transformative and competitive time for companies.”

“Companies which have made the 2017 study have risen to this challenge and exemplify workplace culture excellence.”

Mr O’Sullivan said, “While we are proud of the public recognition of our workplace, this ranking more importantly gives us the opportunity to celebrate our employees and know that we are on the right path.”

For more information on Mars Australia or to arrange an interview with Barry O’Sullivan (Petcare), Andrew Loader (Confectionery) or Hamish Thomson (Food), please contact:

Carly Vale
Ogilvy Public Relations
Tel: 61 2 8281-3806
Mobile: 0431 151 262
[email protected]

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Mars is a family-owned business with more than a century of history making diverse products and offering services for people and the pets people love. With almost $35 billion in sales, the company is a global business that produces some of the world’s best-loved brands: M&M’s®, SNICKERS®, TWIX®, MILKY WAY®, DOVE®, PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, EXTRA®, ORBIT®, 5™, SKITTLES®, UNCLE BEN’S®, MARS DRINKS and COCOAVIA®. Mars also provides veterinary health services that include BANFIELD® Pet Hospitals. Headquartered in McLean, VA, Mars operates in more than 80 countries. The Mars Five Principles – Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom – inspire its more than 85,000 Associates to create value for all its partners and deliver growth they are proud of every day.

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Great Place to Work Australia, part of Great Place to Work Inc, is a global research and consulting firm specialising in workplace excellence and development of high-trust and high-engagement workplace cultures. Our proprietary research tool, the Trust Index® Employee Engagement Survey, is taken annually by over 10 million employees worldwide. Leading companies worldwide use our model to increase the levels of trust across their organisations and drive business results.