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A popular employer

“We've long been aware that Orkla is highly regarded by students, and Universum’s survey now shows that we’re popular among professionals too,” says Kristine Berg Meland, who is in charge of employer branding and recruitment at Orkla.

Kristine Berg Meland og Hanne Kvareng

“We are very proud that Orkla is associated with a creative, dynamic job environment, that we’re known to recruit top talent and that a job at Orkla is considered to offer exciting development opportunities,” says Kristine.

The Corporate Centre’s most recent employee, Senior Category Analyst Hanne Kvareng, mentions factors such as reputation, a dynamic job environment and career opportunities when explaining why she wanted to work at Orkla. Several of the Universum survey findings match her impressions of Orkla when she applied for a position here:

“Orkla is a respected Norwegian company with a good reputation that I’ve heard a lot of positive things about. Major changes are taking place here, there’s a lot going on and I think that’s exciting. Orkla’s entire value chain is in-house. That offers you opportunities for building your career in Norway, while also being able to travel abroad to work. Having the whole value chain in-house also means that we are closer to the people making the decisions and have closer contact with management than in other corporations.

Hanne has now worked in Orkla Group Procurement for three weeks and her impression of Orkla has already been confirmed:

“There are major changes in progress and the pace is fast here, perhaps especially in my department since Orkla’s purchasing function is now being centralised. The learning curve at Orkla is steep, which I consider a big advantage. In the early stages of your career, it’s important to be someplace where you learn a lot fast, and that’s what I’m doing at Orkla. Orkla is also a place with good career and development opportunities.”


Orkla is ranked in 12th place when professionals are asked to pick Norway’s best employer. The top three positions are held by Statoil, Google and Aker Solutions.
In the survey, Universum has focused on four drivers of employer attractiveness, and found the three attributes that professionals associate most strongly with Orkla in those areas. The following are Orkla’s three strongest characteristics in each driver (shown in bold):

Employer’s reputation
1. Attractive, exciting products
2. Market success
3. Financial strength

People and culture 
1. Creative and dynamic job environment 
2. Hires only the best talent 
3. Good work-life balance

Salary and possibilities of promotion
1. Good reference for a future career
2. Competitive benefits
3. Possibilities of becoming a manager

Job responsibilities
1. High level of responsibility
2. On-the-job learning and development
3. Challenging tasks
Universum is an international company that specialises in Employer Branding. The Universum Topp 100 list is based on the Universum Professional survey, which in 2014 received replies 8259 professionals working in finance, technology, law, data/IT and the humanities all over Norway. This is the 12th year in a row that working graduates have answered questions regarding their expectations of working life, careers and potential employers.