The Business Journal’s Best Places to Work lists are the result of months of surveying workers and management at local employers.

The final list of 60 represents those that scored highest on a proprietary ranking done for the Business Journal by Harrisburg, Pa.-based Best Companies Group.

The ranking is based on an employer questionnaire that details policies, practices and benefits, and an employee engagement and satisfaction survey.

Just about all types of employers in the county were eligible: locally based companies, subsidiaries of companies based elsewhere, professional services firms, banks, government agencies, nonprofits, hospitals and universities.

Employers had to have had at least 15 workers and have been in business for at least a year.

Three-fourths of each company’s score comes from a confidential survey of employees that evaluates their workplace experience.

The remaining quarter of each company’s score consisted of an employer survey that collected information about its benefits and practices.

Each company then had the opportunity to receive an Employee Feedback Report and benchmarking data that allow it to compare itself with both list-making companies and overall program participation.

The list of the Best Places to Work in Orange County is broken down into three categories based on total employment in the U.S.: small- (15-49 employees), medium- (50-249 employees) and large- (250-plus employees) sized companies.

The companies featured in this Special Report represent entries from each category.

Contact Research Director Emily Weisburg at for information on how to apply for next year’s list.

Download the 2011 OC's BEST PLACES TO WORK list (pdf)