The Great Place to Work® certificate ranked A1 among the best employers in Europe based on an independent survey of nearly 2300,<> employees in Bulgaria

A1 won the prestigious Great Place to Work® award as a great place to work by the eponymous international independent organization. Certification is based on the results of an employee survey on 23 key topics. Nearly 2023,2300 A1 employees in Bulgaria took part in the October 1 survey, and surveys were conducted in parallel in another five of the companies in A<> Group.

A1 Bulgaria took the lead with the best results of all companies in the group and deservedly won a certificate for a great place to work, which ranks among the best employers in Europe. Great Place to Work® is a globally established organization exploring corporate culture, employee experience and leadership competencies that contribute to talent retention and increased innovation.

Miglena Uzunova-Tsekova, Senior Human Resources Director at A1 Bulgaria, commented: "I am proud of the award that officially places A1 Bulgaria among the best employers in Europe. The assessment of the positive and motivating work environment we receive from the people in the organization is the result of our purposeful efforts. For us, the opinion of each employee is of great importance, and recognition motivates us to continue to improve and build on what we have achieved in the future. I believe that the corporate culture in the company will continue to be at a high level and the confidence of our current and potential employees that A1 Bulgaria is a great place to work will grow even more."

83% of survey participants fully confirmed that A1 is a great place to work, and 81% were positive responses on average in all 23 categories included in the survey. According to the results, the indicators that have achieved the highest level of evaluation by the employees of A1 Bulgaria are the areas of fairness (88% approval), communication (87%) and team (86%). The three areas that were the main focus of the survey as one of the company's guiding principles score extremely high: leadership team behavior (85%), innovation (82%) and engagement (81%).

A1 Bulgaria provides its more than 3600,<> employees with a positive working environment and overall well-being. People in the organization have opportunities for flexible working hours and a number of social benefits, including free access to company services, a sports center and a kindergarten on the campus in Sofia. The company develops rewarding performance programs, retention programs, loyalty programs, and also builds a culture of continuous learning and competence upgrade.

Employees have access to a variety of internal and external trainings, including to enhance management and leadership skills. They are part of the opportunities through which A1 promotes career development, including by changing the professional sphere. Among them are initiatives such as Meet Network and Services, IT Boot Camp, part of the StepUP program. In the past year, over 30% of the new positions opened were occupied by A1 employees who are making a career step in the company.

About Great Place to Work Certification™

Great Place to Work® Certification™ is the most significant recognition in the field of employer branding. Certification is based entirely on employee opinions about the workplace, with a focus on the degree of consistency in terms of trust in the organization. Great Place to Work Certification is internationally recognized by employers and employees and is a global measure to identify the exceptional employee experience. Every year, over 10,000 companies in 60 countries apply for certification as Great Place to Work.

About Great Place to Work®

Great Place to Work® is a global organization that studies corporate culture. Since its inception in 1992, it has interviewed over 100 million employees worldwide and uses in-depth analytics that trust is the key factor in making a company a great place to work. The employee survey platform enables organizational leaders to receive real-time feedback, reporting, and analytics to make data-driven decisions. The organization's operations are driven by the mission of building a better world by helping companies become better places to work. More information can be found at: greatplacetowork.com

A1, part of A1 Group, is a leading provider of digital services and telecommunications solutions in Bulgaria. The company provides mobile and fixed services, high-speed internet, interactive, digital, satellite and mobile TV, four own sports channels under the brand MAX Sport, payment services, ICT, cloud and IoT business solutions. In 2022 A1 Bulgaria reported revenues of EUR 640.4 million. the comparable EBITDA is EUR 254.4 million. euro.

A1 Group is a leading telecommunications provider in Central and Eastern Europe with more than EUR 26 million. Customers. A1 Group operates in seven countries: Austria, Bulgaria, Belarus, Croatia, Slovenia, North Macedonia and Serbia, and the Group's revenue for 2022 exceeds EUR 5 billion. The A1 Group's portfolio includes voice telephony, high-speed internet and multimedia services, as well as high-tech, data and online payment solutions. The Group has a stable shareholder in América Móvil, one of the largest telecommunications providers in the world.

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