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Here are the 100 best employers in Kenya listed in order of merit



A new report released this week  by Brighter Monday lists top companies that have an all-round best environment to work for in Kenya.

The annual report titled, Best 100 Companies to Work For 2019, ranks Safaricom, East African Breweries, United Nations, Kenya Commercial Bank and Kenya Revenue Authority as the country’s best five companies to work for.

Kenya Pipeline Company, Kenya Electricity Generating Company, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Coca Cola and Kenya Airways complete the top 10 listing in the order.

The report stated that a total of 3,448 valid responses were used in the final analysis with data from two surveys – external and internal.

The external survey targeted the general public while the internal survey focused on employees working at numerous companies in Kenya – a majority aged between 25-35 and 18-24, live in Nairobi and hold a Bachelor’s degree.


“Overall top five most ranked intrinsic traits that matter the most in a company are competitive pay package, job security, career growth, financially stable company and welfare benefits,” Brighter Monday CEO Emmanuel Mutuma said.

In determining the best 100 companies to work for, the survey looked at attributes that matter most to employees which include pride, culture, career growth, diversity, inclusion as well as competitive pay package.

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According to the report, Kenyans aged between 25-35 are the happiest age group at work, followed by 18-24, although both age groups posed a high flight risk.

Below is the list of the Best 100 Companies to work for in 2019:

1. Safaricom
2. East African Breweries
3. United Nations
4. KCB Bank Limited
5. Kenya Revenue Authority
6. Kenya Pipeline Company
7. Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen)
8. PricewaterhouseCoopers
9. Coca Cola
10. Kenya Airways
11. Deloitte
12. Unilever
13. Kenya Power
14. Equity Bank
15. British American Tobacco
16. Centum Investment Company
17. Google
18. Kenya Ports Authority
19. Airtel
20. Britam Holdings Limited
21. Central Bank of Kenya
22. Nation Media Group
23. Royal Media Services
24. Bidco Africa
25. Toyota
26. CBA Kenya
27. Cytonn Investments
28. Bamburi Cement
29. Barclays
30. Kenya Red Cross
31. World Vision International
32. Standard Chartered
33. Brookside Dairy Limited
34. Andela Kenya
35. Kenya Medical Research Institute
36. Microsoft
37. Isuzu East Africa Limited
38. Kenya Bureau of Standards
39. Glaxosmithkline
40. Amref Health Africa
41. DHL
42. SportPesa
43. World Bank
44. Bonfire Adventures
45. IBM
46. Telkom Kenya
47. National Hospital Insurance Fund
48. Chandaria Industries
49. Jumia
50. EY
51. Cellulant Corporation
52. GE
53. Jubilee Insurance
56. Geothermal Development Company
57. Nestle
58. Oxfam
59. Oracle
60. CITI Bank
61. P&G
62. Davis & Shirtliff
63. Kenya Co-operative Creameries Ltd.
64. International Livestock Research Institute
65. Tuskys
66. CIC Insurance Group
67. The Nairobi Hospital
68. Kenya Tea Development Agency Holdings Ltd.
69. One Acre Fund
70. United Nations Environment Programme
71. Kenya National Bureau of Statistics
72. Total Kenya
73. Base Titanium Port Facility
74. Kenya Medical Supplies
75. Save the Children Kenya
76. Kenya Ports Authority
77. Naivas Limited
78. Bollore Logistics Kenya
79. Del Monte Kenya
80. NIC Bank Group
81. British High Commission
82. Kenya Electricity Transmission Company
83. Huawei
84. Plan International Kenya
85. Amiran Kenya Ltd.
86. DT Dobie
87. Kapa Oil Refineries Ltd.
88. Samsung
89. James Finlay
90. Vivo Energy Kenya
91. BBC
92. Carrefour Kenya
93. Liquid Telecom
94. ICEA General Insurance
95. Kenya Seed Company
96. Kenyatta National Hospital
97. Mabati Rolling Mills
98. Mombasa Cement

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BE CAREFUL WHO YOU DATE: McDonalds CEO sacked for dating an employee



McDonald’s president and CEO Steve Easterbrook has been shown the door after showing “poor judgment” by engaging in a “consensual relationship” with an employee.

“Easterbrook… has separated from the company following the board’s determination that he violated company policy and demonstrated poor judgment involving a recent consensual relationship with an employee,” the company said in a statement.

“The company confirms that this leadership transition is unrelated to the company’s operational or financial performance.” added the statement.

In an email to the employees, Easterbrook, who has served as chief executive since 2015 said his relationship was “a mistake” that violated company policy.

“Given the values of the company, I agree with the board that it is time for me to move on,” the email said.

“There isn’t going to be some radical, strategic shift. The plan is working,” he added.

Under his leadership, McDonald’s share price doubled.

AFP reports that just like other fast food chains, McDonald’s is facing headwinds as consumers move to healthier dining options.


In recent years, workplace relationships have cost a number of top executives their jobs, moreso as the #MeToo movement gathers momentum.


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US woos Kenya with big deals, takes swipe at China strategy



The US has unveiled a new strategy to deepen trade relations with Kenya while taking swipe at China’s inroads into Africa.

American Ambassador to Kenya Kyle McCarter yesterday announced the roll-out of a Sh41.3 billion credit facility targeting businesses that source their products from the US, especially those dealing in infrastructure.

He also unveiled a private sector-led initiative meant to spur trade and investment in eight counties.The counties in the Prosper Counties Initiative are Isiolo, Kakamega, Mombasa, Makueni, Kiambu, Kisii, Kisumu and Nakuru.

Mr McCarter said the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) is currently reviewing “several transactions” that will benefit from the credit line.

“Several engineering firms are in discussion with the National Treasury… we believe this is a start of a strong relationship between our governments,” he said.McCarter was speaking in Nairobi at the second American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) Business Summit that seeks to strengthen trade relations between Kenyan and the US.

And in a thinly-veiled swipe at China, which has been accused of saddling African countries with debt through its Belt and Road Initiative, the envoy said that the US advocates a “self-reliant” Kenya and that its model would not burden the country with debt.

“We’re going to put forth projects that have meaning to Kenyans. Our shared goal is to pave a path to Kenyan self-reliance, for Kenya to move from beneficiary to benefactor,” he said.

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“The United States model focuses on long-term growth and sustainability, not debt.”US Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Middle East and Africa Seward Jones urged businesses to identify potential projects that could benefit from the funding.“It is up to US and Kenyan businesses to identify those bankable projects involving US exports,” said Mr Jones.

McCarter, meanwhile, said the Prosper Counties Initiative is in line with the government’s renewed focus on Public-Private Partnerships for projects to cut borrowing.The heightened efforts at deepening trade relations between the two countries are part of a deal signed between the US and Kenya under President Donald Trump’s “Prosper Africa” initiative.

Under the agreement, the government will identify particular projects and areas that “would like to see a greater participation by US companies” mostly in the Big Four agenda.

It will also identify “business climate issues” and unlock bottlenecks that might hinder US companies from taking advantage of business opportunities.The US provides Sh1 billion annual financial assistance to Kenya ranging from health, agriculture, education and security. President Uhuru Kenyatta told investors that he would not relent on the war against corruption in a bid to improve the country’s business environment.


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Optiven Launches A Revolutionary App that Enables You Buy Land and Earn at the Touch of Your Smart Phone



Optiven has just made owning property much easier with the introduction of a new Mobile App that will now enable Kenyans in Africa and Diaspora to interact with real estate products at the touch of their mobile devices.

Named OPTIVEN, the app is available on both Google  Play store for android users and Apple’s App Store for Iphone users.

Amongst the key features of the App is that it will allow members of the public to earn money from Optiven’s aggressive vision of economically and socially Empowering and Transforming the society. All
that members of the public need to do is just to register through the App and become automatic Optiven

From your account on the App, you can then refer relatives, friends and colleagues to buy Optiven

“The App keeps all the input records and it is able to alerts the account holder when referrals
have bought a property and it automatically credits Kshs20, 000 to Kshs50, 000 to the registered account.
The amount squarely depends on which project the customer likes. This will provide passive income to the
owners of the Optiven App,” says Mr. George Wachiuri, the CEO, Optiven Group.

What’s more, this App has been designed with global standards, meaning that data security is guaranteed.
The App is able to provide customers peace of mind.

“You need not send anyone to view your property as the app is able to locate the property coordinates
through the use of Google Earth facility incorporate on the App. The customer is able to communicate on
the app, view the statement, get updates and get inspiration nuggets. The app will reduce customers’ stress
by providing all the information on customers’ hands. You only need smart phones to own a property.
Land ownership is now made easier,” says Mr. Wachiuri.

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The Group’s CEO notes that this App is set to drastically change the way Optiven does its operations.
“The App will catapult Optiven to a league of visionary companies dealing with Big Data. Optiven is
expected to grow more than 5 times and life is going to be easier for staff. Staff will get more time to
innovate and think as the customer loyalty increases due to the ease of transacting business. This is a
major milestone not only for Optiven but to the real estate industry,” he notes.

Members of the public have now been given capacity to enjoy and eat the Optiven cake. This is actually
taking Optiven to the public. The digitized Optiven will deliver more efficient services to customers, staff
and other stakeholders.

For property buyers wishing to buy land with Optiven, they are now more at 100% peace. All you need is
to download the Optiven App from Google Play and App Store. You search properties under the many
projects available in several counties and make a selection. You can pick and the property goes to your
shopping basket or to the wishlist. You then register your details as you book a site visit (online). The
App gives you options on the day and dates that you are available for the visit.

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While choosing the date you can reserve for 48 hours and the plot finally becomes available for the market
after 48 hours if you do not pay. If you pay, the plot moves out of the property list automatically.
At the same time, the App gives you options to enter the deposit and shows you the monthly payments. It
also has an inbuilt calculator to make it easy for you to get the actual figures.

Once you pay, it will show you the statement, send you a receipt and it will remind you when the next installment is due. The App will be able to update the customer on hot deals, Optiven Philanthropy works and give our
customers some constant flowing life-charging nuggets.

Going into the near future, Optiven projects that this App will be among the most preferred Apps in
Africa. “I see it as an Earning App or an Investment App. This is one App that every Kenyan worldwide
will like to have on their phone.

It is a download that gives you money when you least expect. You only
need to keep updating on all those interested on property ownership and investment. We plan to develop
this App to Phase 11 and Phase 111,” says George.

He notes that at phase 111, it will be an App that connects the market and the buyer’s. “We shall allow
other credible real estates to use our platform. This is why we said that, the App is the new disruption to
the real estate industry. It is no longer business as usual. Optiven believes in the power of innovation that
disrupts the industry,” he says.

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Optiven Group is a leading brand in the African real estate sector whose main objective is to empower property investors and transform the Society. Optiven Group also has a soft arm, which undertakes charity works, by the name Optiven Foundation.

The Foundation has so far been involved in numerous philanthropic works in its quest to transform the social wellbeing of thousands of Kenyans. Optiven Group is captained by its Founder and
CEO, George Wachiuri, and is rightly living up to its mission, which is to create an environment that positively
transforms its staff, customers and all its stakeholders through offering state of the art products and services.

The Group was recently singled out as one of the companies that will inspire Africa in 2019, by the London Stock
Exchange. Optiven also took home two winner’s trophies for the Land Agent of the Year and the Best Value Added
Land Selling Company during the 2nd Annual Real Estate Excellence Awards, 2019. As a market leader in the
property sector, Optiven scooped the best employer in East Africa 2019 by East Africa Best Employer Brand

Optiven also scooped the overall winner’s trophy in Top 100 Mid-Sized Companies Survey, 2014/2015 by
KPMG and Nation Media Group. The Group also won the Best Company in Customer Orientation & Marketing in
Kenya (COYA AWARDS) – 2015.

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