Company participation in the 100 Best survey is voluntary and free of charge. Participating companies must employ at least 15 Oregon workers. Companies are categorized as small if they employ less than 250 people; large companies are those with 250 or more employees. This year, more than 29,000 employees (about 1.6% of those employed in Oregon) rated their satisfaction with employers in 50 workplace qualities — 10 in each of the following categories.
Benefits, attraction & retention: health coverage, fitness program, retirement plan, salary and bonuses, employee retention
Work environment: scheduling, diversity, family balance, teamwork, fun, technology, charity/community work, policies and procedures
Decision-making & trust: collaboration, trust and openness, cooperation across divisions, organizational pride, ethical standards
Performance management: performance feedback and goals, employee accountability, rewards and incentives
Career development & learning: opportunities, promotions, employee training, educational support, company communications
Company representatives answered 47 questions covering a comprehensive set of benefits including health and wellness plans, time off, family-friendly policies, work scheduling, incentives, retirement plans and corporate culture.
The employee survey counts for 5/6 of a participating company’s score. For each company, the average employee rating is calculated in each of the five categories on a scale of 0-100. The benefits survey is also scored on a 100-point scale, accounting for the remaining 1/6 of the overall score.
- Introduction to 2006 list
- 2006 Best Large Companies
- 2006 Best Small Companies
- 2006 category winners
- 2006 alphabetical company index