100 Best Companies to Work For Methodology (2022)


Great Place to Work determines the list of the 100 best companies to work for using its proprietary For All methodology to assess and certify thousands of organizations in the largest ongoing annual workforce study in the United States, based on more than 870,000 employee survey responses and data from companies representing more than 6.1 million employees this year alone.

The survey allows employees to share confidential quantitative and qualitative feedback on their organization’s culture by responding to 60 statements on a five-point scale and answering two open-ended questions. Together, these statements describe an excellent employee experience, defined by high levels of trust, respect, credibility, fairness, pride and camaraderie. Additionally, companies provide organizational data such as size, location, industry, demographics, roles, and levels.

Great Place to Work measures differences in survey responses across demographic groups and roles within each organization to assess both the quality and consistency of the employee experience. The statements are weighted according to their relevance in describing the most important aspects of a fair workplace.

Each company also answers six essay questions that provide insight into how and why the organization is ideal for everyone. Responses are rigorously assessed and cross-referenced against Great Place to Work search criteria. The survey data analysis and trial evaluation results are then factored into a combined score to compare and rank the companies that create the most positive experience for all employees. Many companies survey every employee, far exceeding the minimum threshold of 5,000. While survey responses provide important context for rankings, only survey data can earn placement in the list.

To be considered for the list, companies must be Great Place to Work-Certified™, have at least 1,000 US employees, and not be a government agency. Great Place to Work requires statistically significant investigation results, reviews anomalies in responses, timeliness, and financial performance, and investigates any employee reports that indicate the company is not following strict investigation rules to to validate the integrity of the results and conclusions. Data is also normalized to fairly compare companies of all sizes and industries.

To learn more about becoming Great Place to Work Certified™ or to apply for this or other Best Workplaces lists, visit greatplacetowork.com.

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Contributors from Fortune:
Research: Scott DeCarlo
Reporting: Alicia Adamczyk, Maria Aspan, Meredith Balkus, Lydia Bélanger, Chloe Berger, Eric Danton, Sheryl Estrada, Erika Fry, Emma Hinchliffe, Aman Kidwai, Rachel King, Beth Kowitt, Colin Lodewick, Chris Morris, Kenneth Partridge, Anne Sraders, Jane Thier and Phil Wahba

Great Place to Work Contributors:
CEO Michael C. Bush, Roula Amire, Zachary D’Amato, Sarah Lewis-Kulin, Travis Minetti, Kim Peters and Otto Zell


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