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2006 100 Best Companies


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. 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.

  1. Benefits, attraction & retention: 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 & 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 & learning: opportunities, promotions, employee training, educational support, company communications

 

Benefits survey

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.

 

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.

 



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