Top 5 companies to work for in Edinburgh

Quartermile Offices in Edinburgh by Esther Duernberger

These companies are not only world leaders in their industries but they also count on some of the best working spaces in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh is one of the leading international cities for business in the world. Banking has been, for example, one of Edinburgh’s economy engines for the last 300 years, but there are a wide variety of leading companies in other sectors like travelling, culture or technology.

Curiously, Edinburgh’s headquartered highest rated company according to employees is Office Suites UK’s old friends Skyscanner.

Skyscanner was formed in 2003 by Gareth Williams, Barry Smith and Bonamy Grimes. They started their activity in one of Office Suite UK’s offices in Leith to become, 15 years later, in one of the highest paced growing startups in the world.

Skyscanner is well known for their world class travel search engine, supported by their unique proprietary technology that connects people directly to everything the travel industry has to offer.

Here’s some quotes from Skyscanner’s employees about the company itself:

“It feels like you are part of something different – we are building a world class web economy organisation outside Silicon Valley. Genuine autonomy to develop ideas, build teams and your own role without top heavy management.” – Skyscanner employee, Edinburgh offices

“Excellent flexibility, staff benefits, working environment and participation share plan.” – Skyscanner Principal Engineer at Edinburgh’s headquarters.

“Skyscanner is a fantastic place to work. Aside from the many benefits like gym discounts, bonus, yoga, mindfulness classes, health and pension there are many reasons to work here! Our teams (squads) work closely on hard problems in an autonomous environment.”

Picture of Cirrus Logic Offices in Edinburgh by Paul Santoleri
Picture of Cirrus Logic Offices in Edinburgh by Paul Santoleri

Cirrus Logic has been in some of the top lists of companies to work for in the UK during the last few years.. They claim to be “Defining the audio experience of today and tomorrow.”

With one of the best working environments and office spaces in Edinburgh, right in front of people’s favourite public park The Meadows, Cirrus Logic’s employees opinions have taken the company until the second position of our list of top corporations to work for in Edinburgh:

“Since I joined cirrus I felt my contribution was really valued. Cirrus promotes and encourages personal and career development,” one of their electric engineers mentioned.

“We have our music jam room, a gym, an onsite cafe, and Foosball tables and a library. When we moved into the new offices in Edinburgh, it was almost as if we had shed our old skin.”

“Most of the people I work with, I would call friends. There is a feeling of community. These are people I can count on both in and out of work,” another employee said.

Baillie Gifford is a world-leading investment management firm. It was founded in Edinburgh in 1908 and still has its headquarters in the city, and manages a huge amount of money – nearly £200 billion – each year. Their employees have given them an excellent rating.

One of the company’s developers has said: “Excellent pay and benefits. Always plenty to do without too much stress. They encourage a work-life balance.”

Or “Generous bonus, pleasant offices, super polite culture, successful at what they do so very secure, generous training provision.”

The Edinburgh University Campus
The Edinburgh University Campus by Esther Duernberger

The University of Edinburgh. This venerable university was founded in 1582, although working conditions for staff have presumably changed quite a lot in the last 436 years (we don’t think office spaces were trend in Edinburgh by then…) The higher learning institution employs over 4000 academic staff and over 5000 admin staff: 4.5 out of 5 of them give a high rate to the institution as one of the best places to work in Edinburgh:

Top comments: “Great employer and excellent University! In addition to exemplary facilities and world-leading academic staff there are never ending social and culture events arranged by the university.”

Former student/worker Jean B. said: “I spent five years studying at The University of Edinburgh for both my undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, and the experience was wonderful. I have to say that as a student, Scotland is one of the cheapest options in Europe, but that was not the only reason, The University of Edinburgh is also a highly rewarded university as they have an excellent track record in many different departments.”

The Royal Bank of Scotland: RBS doesn’t really need much of an introduction. The major bank has its headquarters in Edinburgh, and around 6500 employees work at the Gogarburn centre in a variety of roles. Over 3000 staff have reviewed RBS on Glassdoor, and the majority of Edinburgh-based reviews are around the 3.8/5 mark, putting it just below the University.

Top comments “Great learning opportunities. Many ways to meet new people. Work from home availability. Pushed to move into a more suitable position and supported in doing so. Clear aims for the business.”

“RBS has been a great place of work. From colleagues to management. They always encourage people to progress with skills.”

Article sources: Charles Pearson and Myra O’Connor (Office Suites UK Founders),,