Best Places to Work

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March 20, 2008

Best Places to Work

We took a look at the last Fortune Best Places to Work For company winners this year to see which criteria seems to matter most after employee ratings. As you know, the employee ratings carry two-thirds of the final score in winning a place among the top 100 employers-of-choice. We thought it would be interesting to examine what matters most in that remaining one-third of the scoring process. Here is what we found:

  • 40 companies on the list had 50% or more women employees
  • 29 companies on the list had on-site child care
  • 18 companies had fully paid sabbaticals
  • 15 companies had unusual perks
  •   6 companies had 50% or more minority employees

Gone are the dot.com days when unusual perks seemed to dominate the reasons why some companies were more highly rated over another. I would assume that there is a correlation beween many of these companies having female employees and on-site child care but can not guarantee that to be the case.

 

Being a Best Place to Work is one of the most coveted scorecards among the many that have proliferated over the years. I almost think that it has surpassed Most Admired Companies in the clamor it receives from companies. Reputations are built on these accolades and will remain so for years to come.

 

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Leslie Gaines-Ross
Leslie Gaines-Ross
lesliegainesross@gmail.com

As Weber Shandwick’s Chief Reputation Strategist, I focus on the ever changing world of reputation. For the past 25 years, I have relentlessly observed, researched and commented on the rise and fall of reputations.

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