Home 2012 Best Small & Medium Workplaces City of Rancho Cordova

City of Rancho Cordova

#12 - Best Small Workplaces

INDUSTRY: Social Services and Government Agencies
LOCATION: California

The first local government agency to appear on this list, the City of Rancho Cordova serves 66,000 residents and brings a revolutionary, "corporate" approach to government by encouraging and rewarding entrepreneurial thinking. To best determine fit, job candidates are evaluated for leadership competencies and some job finalists are taken on a "ride-along" with current staff to assess their interest and passion for the community before extending an offer. The Office of New Ideas vets suggestions from employees, and then empowers them to implement selected ideas. With a symbolic portion of a municipal bond being awarded as a "stock" certificate for exceptional work, employees take "ownership" of their city. The City integrates about 60 regular employees with nearly 100 contractors through collaborative partnerships which allow seamless service to the community.  The City of Rancho Cordova is working to provide leadership development, wellness, recognition, and community involvement programs that make this workplace small but mighty.


The City of Rancho Cordova issues "stock" certificates, backed by a municipal bond purchased when the City Hall was built, to give employees a "sense of ownership" for their contributions to the city.

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City employees gather for a group photo. The City of Rancho Cordova offers an "Office of New Ideas" twice per month to "mine the minds" of all employees and community partners.