AWE has been named as one of the top 25 Best Big Companies to work for, according to the Sunday Times Best Companies Awards 2019.

The Best Big Companies award is open to companies with 3,000 plus full-time employees; with those achieving the highest Best Companies Index (BCI) scores featuring in the top 25.

AWE's chief executive officer, Iain Coucher, said: “We have put a great deal of time and effort into driving leadership development and general engagement throughout the company.

"We are really seeing the benefits of this work and our ongoing focus on employee engagement. We have seen significant improvements, not only in survey sentiment but in the level of response – 77 per cent in our most recent survey.

“Building an effective and high performing organisation requires a huge investment in time and resource.

"It takes time, but quietly, steadily and systematically we are seeing change happen. We want people to feel engaged because then they are connected – to each other and to the business.

“It means that people understand how they are contributing, the part they play in successes and achievements and this builds stronger working cultures. It engenders pride, excellence and trust – all fundamental to our way of working. We have a unique and responsible mission to fulfil and having an engaged workforce is key in its delivery.”

AWE has sites at Aldermaston and Burghfield.

Jonathan Austin, chief executive officer and Founder of Best Companies, said: “I would like to congratulate AWE on its achievement. Best Companies have been producing the Accreditation Standard since 2006 to acknowledge excellence in the workplace. Organisations like AWE have continued to focus on their employees and have been rewarded with an engaged workforce who tell us that this is a best company to work for.”