The Sunday Times has released the results of its annual Best Companies To Work For list. Here's the top 25.

The Sunday Times has released its annual index of the Best Companies To Work For. Companies nominate themselves (for a fee) and then get staff to fill out a survey on aspects of workplace culture from leadership to wellbeing, and from opportunities for personal growth to a fair deal in terms of pay.


The companies are then ranked based on the employees' responses to those surveys.

Here are this year's top 25 big companies.

Position

Company

Industry

2012 top 25 position

1

Pets at Home

Retail

2

2

Iceland Frozen Foods Ltd

Retail

1

3

InterContinental Hotels Group

Hospitality

14

4

Bourne Leisure

Leisure

13

5

Sytner Group

Car dealers/rental

3

6

McDonald's Restaurants

Hospitality

10

7

Marriott Hotels International

Hospitality

12

8

RSA Insurance Group

Financial

6

9

Goldman Sachs International

Professional

4

10

Whitbread

Hospitality

-

11

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Professional

5

12

American Express UK

Financial

7

13

The Midcounties Co-operative

Retail

24

14

Ernst & Young

Professional

-

15

Inchcape UK

Car retailer

-

16

Accenture UK Ltd

Professional

15

17

AXA

Financial

19

18

EE

Telecommunications

-

19

Zurich Insurance

Financial

17

20

Boots UK

Retail

21

21

Barchester Healthcare

Healthcare

-

22

Hilton Hotels UK

Hospitality

18

23

Atkins

Engineering

-

24

KPMG

Professional

8

25

Elior UK

Catering

-


In addition, Intercontinental Hotels Group won a special award for its training and development, while Zurich won the award for "giving something back".

As you can see, most of the companies on this year's list are household names. And it seems money doesn't always buy you job satisfaction, as only a third of Pets At Home's employees earn more than £15,000 a year, although nearly half are part time.

To find out more about why their employees rate these companies so highly, go to the official Best Companies website.