Consulting firm Q5 named one of Australia's top employers

05 April 2021 3 min. read
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Management consulting firm Q5 Partners has been certified as one of Australia’s top workplaces by globally-recognised independent benchmarking organisation Great Place To Work.

The Australian branch of international management consulting firm Q5 has followed in the footsteps of its British big brother by being recognised for its excellent workplace environment – recently named as a top national employer by human capital organisation Great Place To Work. Particularly satisfying for the consultancy is that Great Place To Work’s benchmarking and certification process is based on employee surveys and feedback.

First established in Australia in 2015 with the launch of an office in Sydney, followed by a Melbourne outlet in 2017, Q5 is adamant that the workplace accolade isn’t the endpoint in creating an outstanding culture and employee experience but another step in what is an ongoing and continual work in progress – that there “will always be areas that can be improved upon further”. In this respect, the certification also serves to provide valuable insights.

Some of Q5’s team members in Australia

“We’ve come a long way and it means a huge amount to the team to be recognised as a Great Place to Work,” said Q5 Australia managing director Tom Leary. “I feel incredibly fortunate to work alongside such a dedicated, talented and good humoured team and look forward to being part of the award. We’ve still a lot further to go, and whilst we grow our Australian business it’s incredibly helpful to understand what we’ve got right and where we need to focus.”

Leary’s sentiments were echoed by Q5’s Melbourne lead Melissa Kirby, who cited a culture of collaboration, support and inclusivity, and Sydney-based senior consultant Isabelle Smith, who expressed pride in Q5 being recognised for its inclusive, fun and engaging environment. “The evaluation has given us a great insight into the aspects of Q5 that we really value as a team, whilst providing important food for thought on how we can improve further.”

The consulting firm is aiming for this ongoing improvement despite receiving a score of over 90 percent across the board in its assessment, including full marks for being a safe workplace and one where employees can count on others to cooperate, as well as a 100 percent score for inclusive practices such as the fair treatment of employees irrespective of age, race and sexual orientation. A typical Australian company receives an average overall mark of just 55 percent.

Previously, in addition to a swag of other honours including a Queen’s Award in 2019 for its impressive international growth, Q5 in the UK has twice been named by The Sunday Times among its annual list of best small companies to work for (those with 50 to 250 employees), coming in at 35th overall in 2016 as the highest ranked consultancy before cracking the top 20 two years later. Like in Australia, the firm was especially noted for its collegiate and caring atmosphere.