Best Places to Work


The contest that honors superior organizations where voices are heard, cultures are thriving, and employees are engaged



Why We’re the Best

We’re not the only employer of choice contest, but we are the best.
Here’s why:


More than 10,000 organizations trust us to survey their employees each year.


Our contest has been honoring top places to work for more than a decade.


We currently have 48 contests, and this number continues to grow each year.


Winners are based on employee voice (awards can't be bought, only earned).

Data First From Day One

While many awards programs remain subjective, ours has been scientific since day one. In fact, we were the first to utilize a full-blown employee engagement survey as the sole scoring mechanism. This is still the case today. Our survey was developed by some of the most brilliant minds in survey research methodology and organizational psychology, and we update it regularly to make sure it stays relevant.


The Best Places to Work program began in 2004 as a pilot program in Wichita, Kansas. At the time, a national employer of choice program existed, but there weren’t any regional contests. We quickly saw a need for regional contests honoring top places to work. We knew that within communities, local contests would have a much bigger impact than national ones.


That same year, Quantum Workplace partnered with American City Business Journals, expanding the Best Places to Work program into 30 markets.


Today, Quantum Workplace has 43 regional programs and five industry-wide programs. Through these 48 programs, we gather more than 440,000 employee voices from nearly 10,000 organizations each year.


The quick version of a sophisticated process

The Best Places to Work survey measures key areas that make up an organization’s culture. These range from compensation and benefits to trust in senior leadership. The survey also measures the level of engagement exhibited by employees, known as employee engagement.


Each question on the Best Places to Work survey is associated with a response option; each response option is associated with a numerical value. We use these numerical values to profile your employees and calculate an overall score, which is used to determine each organization's rank.

Respected Employee Confidentiality

We collect honest, unfiltered feedback while respecting employee privacy. Data suppression rules strike the balance between never showing an individual employee’s response and being able to slice aggregate data by demographics.


View Our Official Privacy Policy

Meet the Team

Meet the team that’s working 24/7 to make sure awesome workplaces are recognized and celebrated. (Okay, maybe not 24/7 – we do have to sleep).

Cassie Neary

Cassie has been expertly managing the Best Places to Work program for over 10 years. That’s more than 10,000 survey launches, closes, and events each year!

Fran Cooper

Fran makes the Best Places to Work process seamless for both our partners and participants. If you have a question about the Best Places to Work program, she has the answer!

Molly Boukal

Molly handles all of the custom survey requests.  If you are interested in getting the most data out of their Best Places to Work survey, Molly can lead the way.

Kristin Wheeler

Kristin is our go-to for Best Places to Work participant support.  Any time you have questions or technical issues -- she's your contact!

About Quantum Workplace

One solution. Continuous employee feedback.

Quantum Workplace powers the technology behind the Best Places to Work contest. We also have an entire suite of products designed to transform the employee experience


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Is your organization one of the top places to work in your city or industry? Nominate it for the Best Places to Work contest today!


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