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Identifying Best Places to Work: US and Globally


Great Place to Work®’s research and Best Companies recognition programs take place in 45 countries on six continents and represent over 10 million employees’ voices, forming the largest and most respected employee survey worldwide.

Our unparalleled insight into successful workplace cultures helped us develop unique organizational change and leadership development training programs for companies on the path to increasing employee engagement and productivity, decreasing turnover rates to improve overall market and financial performance.

The data gathered through these employee surveys, which are based on the Great Place to Work® Model provides a clear picture of the present state of your company culture, benchmarked against our Best Companies. We translate that information into actionable feedback that you can use to improve employee engagement and transform your culture into a high-trust workplace.

Evaluating the Best Places to Work

Great Place to Work® Best Companies to Work For lists in the US and abroad represent the most definitive employer-of-choice and workplace culture quality recognition a company can receive. Our methodology is tested, rigorous and objective, setting the standard for defining the best companies in business, academia and government. Findings for US-based companies are published annually as the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work for® and Best Small and Medium Workplaces lists. Our more than 40 international best workplaces lists are featured in prestigious media channels such as Handesblatt and Le Figaro Economie.

Companies nominated for Best Companies to Work For lists must go through an application process and are selected and ranked predominantly on the basis of employees’ response to our Trust Index© Survey (2/3s of the score) which measures employee perception of the workplace. The Culture Audit©, completed by management and evaluated by an independent Great Place to Work team, accounts for approximately 1/3 of the total score. Companies receiving high scores on these assessments appear on our lists; the highest scores enjoy the highest rankings on our lists.

A Model for Best Practices

The basis for identifying the best places to work is our Great Place to Work® Model which is derived from our definition of a great workplace as one where employees trust the people they work for, have pride in the work they do, and enjoy the people they work with. Our Model further defines how relationships between employees and managers play out in five dimensions: Credibility, Respect, Fairness, Pride and Camaraderie.

Companies featured on our Best Companies lists have the highest levels of trust, strongest evidence of employee engagement and demonstrate the best applied management practices and programs as defined by The Great Place to Work and Giftwork® models.

Our fulcrum position and experience in workplace culture excellence, helps us bring together communities of like-minded companies and individuals through our conferences and networks that provide opportunities to exchange learning and best practices. Our ongoing research and unparalleled database of the world’s best places to work help us share stories and insights about these companies and the practices that make them great through our publications and online resources.

Benefits of Trust and Engagement in the Workforce

Committed and engaged employees who trust their management perform 20% better and are 87% less likely to leave an organization, resulting in easier employee and management recruitment, decreased training costs and incalculable value in retained tenure equity. In addition, analysts indicate that the financial performance of publicly-traded companies on our 100 Best Company List consistently outperform major stock indices by 300% and have half the voluntary turnover rates of their competitors.

Great Place to Work® programs have been employed by some of the most innovative and respected companies in the world. We partner with large and small organizations in the private, public and non-profit sectors. Our clients employ diverse workforces that include staff that is non-unionized and unionized, professional and entry-level, permanent and temporary. These organizations may work from either single or multiple locations, and may operate in just one country or across borders. We’ve worked with organizations in all major industries, including healthcare, manufacturing, transportation, consumer product goods, professional services, technology, food service, hospitality, as well as the government, education and non-profit sectors.

For more information about our experience and how we can support your organization in the journey to rank among the Best Companies, please contact us.