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Is your workplace great?

We want to know.

The Business Journal is working on its annual listing of the Best Places to Work in the county.

The list is scheduled to appear in our July 6 edition as part of a Special Report covering employers that make our ranking. It’s among our most-read issues of the year.

We’re in the process of soliciting employers to take part in our selection process, which involves a two-part survey of employers and workers.


Making the list carries many fringe benefits. Your company will be part of a select group of employers recognized for their treatment, recruitment and retention of employees. The list should be a source of pride for employers that can help with employee morale and recruiting.

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Making our list also brings good exposure to clients, customers, bankers, vendors and peers.

We’re considering just about all types of employers in the county: locally based companies, subsidiaries of companies based elsewhere, professional services firms, banks, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, hospitals and universities.


Employers must have at least 15 part- and full-time OC employees and have been in business for at least a year.

They will be ranked by categories of local workforce: small, 15 to 49 employees; medium, 50 to 249; and large, 250 or more.

Visit for details about our list and information on how to enter your company in the ranking.

There’s no cost to enter. There is a nominal fee for any company that opts to use paper-based surveys instead of electronic surveys.

Employers are given two surveys as part of the assessment process.

The employer survey requires information on policies, practices, benefits and demographics, and is filled out by management.

The employee engagement and satisfaction survey questions employees on their employer’s leadership, planning, culture, training, pay and benefits, and other areas.

Employers will be asked to provide email contact information for employees. All gathered information is confidential and won’t be released to any third parties.

The Business Journal’s list will include only basic employment and benefits information about employers. Our stories on the employers will be general profiles.

Specific comments and other details of the surveys won’t be made public. Employers that go through the process but don’t qualify won’t be cited in any way.

Best Companies Group

The Business Journal is working with Harrisburg, Pa.-based Best Companies Group on the development of our list, as we have in past years.

Best Companies is known for producing similar lists for other business journals and magazines across the country, and has a track record we feel is up to our standards.

Survey reports, if desired, are available for purchase from Best Companies Group.

We’ll solicit employers to be surveyed through March 6, and employers and employees will be queried in the following weeks.

A timeline with all of the 2020 Best Places deadlines is available at


For more information, contact Editorial Assistant Emily Molina-Santiago at (949) 664-5070 or by email at, or Research Director Meghan Kliewer at (949) 664-5051 or by email at

You also can get more details from Jackie Miller of Best Companies Group at (717) 323-5237 or