March 09, 2016 | Malvern, PA

Saint-Gobain in North America honored by Top Employers Institute for exceptional workplace, employee benefits

Backed by international research, ‘Top Employer North America Certification’ awarded to the global building materials company following grand opening of state-of-the-art headquarters
MALVERN, Pa.--Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest building materials companies, has received the Top Employers Institute’s Top Employer North America Certification for its exceptional employee offerings. The Top Employers Institute globally certifies excellence in the conditions that employers create for their people and honored Saint-Gobain at an award ceremony March 8 in Washington, DC. The prestigious certification comes in the wake of the company opening its new state-of-the-art North American corporate headquarters located in Malvern, Pennsylvania, in October.

The annual international research undertaken by the Top Employers Institute recognizes leading employers around the world that provide excellent employee conditions, nurture and develop talent throughout all levels of the organization and strive to continuously optimize employment practices. In the past, prominent companies such as Goodyear, DHL, GM and Quest Diagnostics have been recognized with this certification. With the addition of the recent North America recognition, Saint-Gobain is now certified as a Top Employer in 21 countries, including Canada, Brazil and France.

“It is our strongly held belief that providing employees with a dynamic workplace experience and exceptional employee benefits results in happier, healthier and more productive employees,” said John Crowe, President and CEO of Saint-Gobain Corporation. “At Saint-Gobain we take great pride in having built a work environment that has thrived for more than a century.”

The Top Employers Institute assessed Saint-Gobain’s employee offerings on the criteria of talent strategy, workforce planning, on-boarding, learning and development, performance management, leadership and development, career and succession management, compensation and benefits and overall company culture.

Crucial to the Top Employer Certification is the completion of a stringent research process, as well as meeting the required standards of excellence in order to achieve the Certification. All answers were independently audited, and this research verified Saint-Gobain’s outstanding employee conditions and earned the organization a coveted spot among a choice group of certified Top Employers.

The Top Employers Institute is recognizing Saint-Gobain for its unique employee offerings, including: personal health coaching, weight management and nutrition programs, company book clubs and athletic leagues, networking opportunities, a mentoring system and digital learning courses. In October 2015, the company opened its new state-of-the-art North American corporate headquarters located in Malvern, Pennsylvania. The Saint-Gobain and CertainTeed Headquarters was designed to be a next-generation workplace that maximizes the comfort and health of employees through the use of a wide range of the company’s building materials that improve air quality, moisture management, acoustics, energy efficiency, thermal management and ergonomics. The new headquarters includes 116 collaborative meeting spaces, more than 800 workstations with views of the outdoors, an acoustically sound cafeteria, a state-of-the-art fitness facility, as well as a scenic outdoor amphitheater and 1.3 miles of walking trails.

“Optimal employee offerings and HR best practices ensure that people develop themselves personally and professionally,” said Top Employers Institute CEO David Plink. “This, in turn, enables companies to grow and develop, maximize organizational performance, and attract and retain the best talent. Our comprehensive research concluded that Saint-Gobain provides an outstanding employee environment and offers a wide range of creative initiatives – from benefits and learning and development opportunities to well thought-out career management programs – that are truly aligned with the company’s culture.”

About Saint-Gobain in North America
Saint-Gobain, the world leader in sustainable environments, has designed and manufactured high-performance building materials that improve the lives of people all over the world. From the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles and the glass pyramid at the Louvre, to The Statue of Liberty and The World Trade Center, and even components that allow the Mars Rover Curiosity to seek out life on another planet, Saint-Gobain has been a part of the fabric of human history, advancement and improvement.

In North America, the company upholds this rich history of innovation by making a material difference in the spaces where people work, live, play, heal and learn. Along with its North American headquarters in Malvern, Pennsylvania, Saint-Gobain has more than 150 locations in North America and approximately 14,000 employees. In the United States and Canada, Saint-Gobain reported sales of approximately $5.7 billion in 2015. Experience our innovation, wonders and advancements by visiting and connect with Saint-Gobain North America on Facebook and Twitter.

About Top Employers Institute
Top Employers Institute, headquartered in the Netherlands, is an independent organization that certifies excellence in employee offerings, HR practices and the environment employers have in place for employees to advance their development. Top Employers opened its U.S. office in Alexandria, Virginia, in 2016. In 2015, Top Employers entered into a strategic global partnership with U.S.-based HR Certification Institute, the premier credentialing organization for HR professionals worldwide to expand the global reach of both organizations in a shared mission to raise the level of excellence of the worldwide human resource management profession. For more than 25 years, Top Employers Institute has recognized exceptional employers around the world with its annual Top Employers Global, Top Employers Continent, and Top Employers Country certifications. Since 1991, Top Employers has recognized more than 1,000 Top Employers in 102 countries.

Saint-Gobain in North America:
Dina Silver Pokedoff, APR
610-341-7031 (office)
484-919-2103 (mobile)
Brownstein Group for Saint-Gobain in North America:
Nicole Gainer
267-238-4147 (office)
856-266-1707 (mobile)