Andela Named “Best Company to Work for in Africa,” Makes Wall Street Journal List of Hot Startups


On a night to recognize corporate culture and excellence, Andela, the tech training, and placement company, bagged multiple honours at two popular corporate award ceremonies in Nigeria.

The company has been crowned “Best Company to Work for in Africa” at the Great Place to Work Awards. It also won the awards for Most Fun and Friendly Workplace, and Best Workplace for Generation – Millennials.

The award ceremony was organized by the Nigerian arm of the Great Place to Work Institute. The Great Place to Work Institute is a global research and consulting firm that helps organizations identify, create and sustain great workplaces through the development of high-trust workplace cultures.

Globally, the institute is famous for its companies’ list. It publishes the hugely famous Fortune 100 best Companies and several other variants. These lists identify great workplaces, where corporate culture, particularly workplace behaviour and hiring practices are innovative and highly impressive.

Andela’s three awards at this year’s ‘Great Place to Work’ awards speaks highly of its corporate culture and workplace practices.

At the award ceremony, Taiwo Judah-Ajayi, the Senior Director of People at Andela said:

At Andela, our EPIC values (Excellence, Passion, Integrity, and Collaboration) guide our daily actions and our long-term goals. They are our compass as we initiate policies and initiatives that promote the growth and development of our people as well as a stellar employee experience.

On the same night too, the company scooped two awards at the HR People Magazine Awards. The HR People Magazine is an important HR industry publication, which shares insights into HR innovators and the industry’s best practices. At the award, the company won Employer of Choice and Best HR Recruitment Strategy.

Andela Bags 5 HR Awards, Makes Wall Street Journal List of Hot Startups
Andela trains African software developers, then provides jobs for them in tech companies.

Also celebrating the wins, Seni Sulyman, Andela VP of Global Operations, shared that “organizations who truly value their employees attract the best people and achieve higher levels of performance.” He stated that the company would continue providing an environment that brings the best out of its employees, and also inspire other organizations to prioritize the employee experience.

Wall Street Journal Recognises Andela

Andela also got a very important recognition from top US publisher, the Wall Street Journal. In a recently released report, the Journal tipped the startup as one of 25 companies to watch in 2018.

In a list dominated by Artificial Intelligence, blockchain, and cybersecurity companies, Andela ranks third. The Nigerian startup is also the only African company on that list. Entry into the list is based off a combination of factors. These include founder’s experience, investor track record, funds raised, the growth of the workforce, and traction around the company.

Andela Bags 5 HR Awards, Makes Wall Street Journal List of Hot Startups
Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg is a major Andela investor.

In its 4 years in business, Andela has risen fast–with a workforce of over 1,000, the startup gained traction quickly. And since its creation, it has raised $78m in funding from reputable sources. One of its major backers is Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg.

It’s no surprise to see the startup on the WSJ list. Congratulations to Andela!

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