The Philadelphia Business Journal is pleased to present the winners of our 7th annual Best Places to Work contest.
Winners are listed in alphabetical order at bottom.
The Best Places to Work program ranks the top employers in the Delaware Valley according to scores given to the companies by their own workers.
Over the course of the summer, the Business Journal received hundreds of nominations from readers. Employees of nominated companies were then asked to complete an online questionnaire administered by Quantum Market Research, an independent surveying firm based in Wichita, Kan.
Employees were asked to rank their company on several dozen questions relating to team effectiveness, trust with coworkers, alignment with goals, trust in senior leaders, and people practices in addition to respect, recognition and benefits.
To advance in the contest, a statistically significant number of employees, based on company size, must complete the survey. For example, a company with less than 50 employees must have a response rate of at least 85 percent to qualify.
The Business Journal then sorted the 56 top-scoring winners into small, medium, large, extra-large and headquartered-elsewhere categories. Companies that have placed top in their size category more than once receive Hall of Fame status, marking them as the best of the best.
“The Best Places to Work contest is based on how workers score their companies in an anonymous online survey administered by an independent third party, so there are no outside judges or subjective criteria, and companies are benchmarked against their size peers,” said Sonja Sherwood, special reports editor for the Philadelphia Business Journal. “If you don’t have the loyalty of your employees, not only can’t you win, you can’t even qualify to compete.”
The Business Journal and its event sponsors, the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission and Sb1 Federal Credit Union, will reveal the top-scoring winners during a private cocktail and networking event on Oct. 14. The winning companies will also be profiled in a special print supplement on Oct. 15.
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