Google has again topped a list of firms that Australians would most like to work for.
It’s the second year in a row the search engine giant has crowned the nation’s dream employer list.
Self-employment was second, followed by the Virgin Group, Qantas, Apple and Microsoft.
Pay, benefits and conditions are the main reason workers become attracted to a company, according to findings from the Insync Surveys and RedBalloon 2011 Dream Employers Survey.
Google handed its employees a ten per cent raise in 2010 and its workers famously enjoy funky offices, massages and naps on company time.
“We have in place robust reward and recognition programs, [where we] reward employees via excellent benefits and unique perks, such as massages, sleep pods and fun off-site events,” the company’s Australian HR manager Joe Krayer said.
The police and defence forces were a surprise inclusion in this year’s top 20 dream employers after neither featured in last year’s list.
Recruits are attracted to the armed forces by pay, benefits, conditions and training, Insync Surveys CEO James Garriock said.
“As for the police, the sense of vocation is a much more common reason for joining the force,” he added.
Police Association of NSW president Scott Weber said television shows such as CSI and Underbelly attract police recruits.
“Other reality shows like COPS and Recruits also show a glossy, edited version of life as a police officer,” Mr Weber told AAP.
“For working cops, however, the job is tough and dangerous, and significantly different to what you see on TV.”
He said the NSW government should take advantage of the interest by increasing the size of recruit courses.
The Department of Defence was unable to immediately comment about the findings.
Google also topped a list of dream employers in New Zealand, followed by self-employment, Air New Zealand, Apple and Kiwi Bank.
The results are based on surveys carried out with 7100 Australians and New Zealanders.
Australia’s top 20 dream employers:
3 Virgin Group
8 The Walt Disney Company
9 BHP Billiton
11 United Nations
12 Police Forces
15 Rio Tinto
16 Department of Defence
17 Commonwealth Bank
20 Lonely Planet