Assessment Process

Best Companies Group, Pensions & Investments' survey partner, conducts a simple yet thorough company assessment.  The assessment is a two-part process designed to gather detailed data about each participating company.  In part one, the employer completes a questionnaire and in part two, employees of the company complete an employee survey.

The collected information from the two instruments will be combined to produce a detailed set of data enabling the analysts to determine the strengths and opportunities of the participating companies.  The workplaces are ranked based on this data. Participating companies will have the opportunity to purchase the Employee Feedback Report. No purchase is required to participate in the survey.

Part I – Employer Benefits & Policies Questionnaire (click for sample)

Each company must complete the Employer Benefits & Policies Questionnaire (employer questionnaire also known as the EQ). The employer questionnaire is where important information is captured about company policies, practices and demographics. This portion of the assessment is sent out shortly after the registration deadline and is due after the employee surveys (Part II) are sent. Please refer to the Timeline for more information.

The employer questionnaire is sent to the primary contact electronically and is completed and submitted online to aid in the functionality and ease of the surveying process.

Part II – Employee Engagement & Satisfaction Survey (click for sample)

The Employee Engagement & Satisfaction Survey (employee survey) consists of approximately 78 statements that employees respond to on a five-point agreement scale. The survey also includes two open-ended questions and seven demographic questions. 

The results are analyzed and categorized according to eight Core Focus Areas: leadership and planning; corporate culture and communications; role satisfaction; work environment; relationship with supervisor; training; development and resources; pay and benefits; and overall engagement.

Survey Process

For the online survey, companies will be asked to submit a list of all eligible employee email addresses via an upload portal. (Best Companies Group will perform the random selection for online companies having over 250 employees.) Each employee will receive a unique Web-link via the submitted email to complete the survey. If some employees (up to 30%) do not have company email addresses, Best Companies Group can provide them with access codes to take the survey online. Click here for more information on Access Codes.

Please see our Statement of Confidentiality regarding the security of this sensitive data. All employee data is submitted anonymously.

Number of employees being surveyed

Best Companies Group will survey up to 400 randomly selected employees in a company depending on company size. The chart below lists how many employees will be randomly selected to participate.


Number of Employees in the United States
# Employees Surveyed
20 - 24 (2) All
25 - 99 All
100 - 199
200 - 499
Up to 250 (3)
500 - 2,499
350 (3)
2,500 +
400 (3)

(1) To ensure the credibility of the information, companies with 20-24 employees must have an 80% (or better) response rate to be considered for the list.
(2) Employees are randomly selected.  Best Companies Group offers the option to survey more employees than the random sample calculated in the above chart, and/or include additional employees in the survey process who work in locations outside of the program area. Please contact Best Companies Group for details and pricing.


The two data sets will be combined and analyzed to determine the rankings.The Employee Feedback Reports are available for purchase to gain in-depth insight from the employee survey process. To learn more about the reports please visit the Report Options page.


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