Damen ranked top family-owned business

Top family-owned business

Shipbuilding company Damen has achieved recognition in the 2018 MT500 business rankings for the Netherlands.

Damen ranked first of the forty seven family-owned companies that featured, ahead of well-known Dutch companies such as Heineken, Jumbo and the VDL. The Group achieved second place in the Maritime & Aviation sector rankings of the top 500 companies and institutions with national airline KLM taking the top slot and the Port of Rotterdam coming third. Damen also came twentieth out of 500 in the overall ranking, its best-ever result.

In the ratings breakdown, Damen achieved the full five stars for product leadership and employment practices and came in fifth place, a superb result and a reflection on the Group’s dedication to both innovation and to nurturing and supporting its workforce.

The MT500 is the result of an annual survey of business decision makers in the Netherlands. The survey asks them to assess and rank companies in the same and related sectors as their own businesses and focuses on product leadership, customer focus and excellent execution. This the first time in the survey’s eighteen years that ‘reputation as an employer’ was added as a new criterion. The research was carried out by the Centre for Business Innovation at Erasmus University, Rotterdam.

“We are very pleased with this result,” said Carola Servaas, Employer Branding & Campus Recruitment at Damen’s HR department. “Especially as this is a peer-to-peer assessment which means that respondents only judge companies that are active in their own industry. The recognition that colleagues from our own industry appreciate our customer service, product leadership, quality of execution and good employment is fantastic as they are attributes to which we all contribute and can be proud of together. Moreover, ranking as the fifth best employer in the Netherlands is most welcome at a time when the labour market is very tight. At the moment we have more than 100 vacancies, so all internal and external support in attracting new colleagues is most welcome.”

To find out more about career opportunities at Damen, go to https://career.damen.com

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