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Esko: An Equal Opportunity Employer

SI Team
Thursday, October 3, 2013
SI Team
The industry today has realized that human resource is the most important asset and every company is trying to retain talent by appreciating good performance, providing appraisals, ensuring career growth and balancing work and life. Esko, headquartered in Belgium with office in Bangalore, is one good example. Esko was the result of a merger between Barco Graphics and Purup Eskofot in 2002. The merged company was called Esko-Graphics but was renamed Esko in 2006. In August 2007 Esko announced that it was 'combining operations' with Artwork Systems Group NV (AWS), its chief competitor in the packaging pre-press market. Later in 2011, the company was acquired by Danaher, a Fortune 200, NYSE-listed, science and technology leader that designs, manufactures and markets innovative products and services to professional, medical, industrial and commercial customers.

Esko employs around 1200 people worldwide. Its direct sales and service organization covers Europe, the Americas and the Asia Pacific region, completed by a network of distribution partners in more than 50 countries. It provides complete contentment to its employees through compensations, awards, healthcare benefits and similar programs. The company intends to provide and maintain a competitive, affordable and performance based Total Compensation Package worldwide. Compensation is reflective of the job's market value, associate’s current performance and future potential. Esko recognizes and rewards employees who demonstrate outstanding achievements through awards like Outstanding Performance of the Year, Sales Achievement Award, Spot Award and Service Awards. Healthcare benefits like Mediclaim Insurance, Personal Accident and Life Insurance are other benefits provided by Esko to the employees which play a crucial role in keeping the attrition rate low as compared to other players in the market.

Known as an equal opportunity employer, the company ensures fairness in its employment process, selecting and placing candidates with the best overall fit for the position in terms of skills, knowledge, experience and synergy with their organizational culture and values. Unlike other companies who just provide a work-life balance, Esko believes in a total approach to human resource development and is fostering a constant and proactive learning culture where company or employee initiated self-development is encouraged.

To ensure a cent-percent employee satisfaction, Esko as a part of Danaher conducts engagement surveys every year with an objective to convey to the employees that "Your voice matters". The results are cascaded down to businesses, action plans are prepared based on the feedback and work towards continuous improvement. This is really what segregates Esko from other employers within the industry.
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