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Top spot for Top Glove: Rubber glove maker takes honours in manufacturing sector

Top Glove’s company-wide badminton tournament held in October this year. Top Glove’s company-wide badminton tournament held in October this year.

Top Glove Corp Bhd emerged winner of the “Manufacturing – Chemicals & Heavy Industries” sector in the acclaimed Malaysia’s 100 Leading Graduate Employers Awards held recently.

The accolade was extra special for the company, being its first win in these awards. “This win is especially meaningful because it is a reflection of the positive perception which potential hires have of Top Glove,” says Tan Kim Lian, general manager of human resources at Top Glove.

What started off as just one factory and 100 workers in 1991, is now home to 11,000 employees.

Today, Top Glove is the world’s largest rubber glove manufacturer with a capacity of 44 billion gloves per year that is exported to 2,000 customers in 185 countries worldwide.

Headquartered in Malaysia, Top Glove has overseas operations and offices in China, Thailand, Germany and the United States.

“We believe the factors that contributed to our win include our branding initiatives and recruitment drives,” says Tan.

“Top Glove has a very strong presence at career fairs and career days, and we actively conduct student visits at our head office currently located in Klang, Selangor.”

The company, which has ongoing expansion plans, is always scouting for fresh talent. It hires 700 to 800 people on an annual basis, out of which about 200 are fresh graduates.

Well-rounded offerings

The glove manufacturer believes its holistic approach to catering for the needs of its staff played a part in its recognition as a leading graduate employer.

Emphasis is placed on the development of employees and an environment of open communication in the organisation. On the learning front, Tan explains that learning and development modules for individual employees are customised through a learning analysis. New recruits are also placed with “mentors” and “buddies” to ensure they assimilate well to the company’s environment.

Additionally, “we have a participative management style,” says Tan. “Opinions and comments of staff are constantly sought.

On the remuneration front, the company seeks to duly recognise and reward committed, hardworking and capable employees.

“We operate with a strictly meritocratic, performance-based system of assessment under which every employee has an equal chance to scale the corporate ladder,” she says.

Tan lists competitive remuneration packages as privileges of Top Glove staff, with the health of employees also tended to. The company also provides health counselling and subsidies for health-related activities.

In addition, it organises monthly sports tournaments, and annual departmental and company-wide trips. “This is to promote a healthy lifestyle and foster closer ties among our people and their families,” adds Tan.

The RIGHT fit

As for the type of young recruits it seeks, Tan says Top Glove looks for people who are committed and creative. Candidates who possess excellent communication, teamwork skills, have leadership potential and integrity are also sought after.

“Our people play an integral role in spearheading Top Glove to achieve greater success,” says KM Lee, managing director of Top Glove.

“As we continue in our mission to be ‘the world’s leading manufacturer with excellent quality glove products and services that enrich and protect human lives’, we need the best people on board. We believe we have a lot to offer as an employer, and we are grateful for being recognised as the top leading employer in the manufacturing sector this year,” Lee concludes.

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