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MARCH 2009: THE 2009 100 BEST COMPANIES TO WORK FOR IN OREGON



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100 BEST METHODOLOGY


Employee survey


Company participation in the 100 Best survey is voluntary and free of charge. Participating companies must employ at least 15 Oregon workers at the time of taking the survey. Companies are categorized as small if they have 15-49 employees worldwide; medium if they employ 50-249; and large companies are those with a total of 250 or more. For the 2009 survey nearly 30,000 Oregon workers rated their satisfaction with a record 372 employers in 50 workplace qualities — 10 in each of the following categories:

1. Benefits and compensation:

health coverage, fitness program, retirement plan, salary and bonuses, employee retention.
2. Work environment: scheduling, diversity, family balance, teamwork, fun, technology, charity/community work, policies and procedures.
3. Decision-making and trust: collaboration, trust and openness, cooperation across divisions, organizational pride, ethical standards.
4. Performance management: performance feedback and goals, employee accountability, rewards and incentives.
5. Career development and learning: opportunities, promotions, employee training, educational support, company communications.

Employer benefits survey


Company representatives answered more than 50 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.

Scoring


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, resulting in a total possible score of 600.

How to enter the 100 Best:


1. Eligibility:

Any private or public company, nonprofit or government agency with at least 15 Oregon-based employees is eligible to enter the survey. The company itself may be headquartered outside the state.
2. Survey period: The process for 2010’s list will begin in early August and end in mid-October 2009. There is no charge to participate, and organizations that do not make the list will remain anonymous. All participants that complete the process can obtain survey results.
3. Submitting your workplace: Send an e-mail with the name, title, phone number and e-mail address of the person who will act as the 100 Best contact to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . We will e-mail all contacts at the start of the process.
4. Mark your calendar: The survey sign-up link will also be posted to www.oregon100best.com by early August.


 

100BestBrand2.jpg THE LIST INTRODUCTION
THE TOP 33 LARGE COMPANIES
THE TOP 34 MEDIUM COMPANIES
THE TOP 33 SMALL COMPANIES
 

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