For the seventh consecutive year, the Austin American-Statesman is helping to answer the question: What makes a workplace a great place to work?
And this time, we’re getting the answers from some newbies.
As we have done the past six years, the American-Statesman’s 2016 Top Workplaces of Greater Austin project identifies the best places to work in the Austin metro area.
In years past, we’ve drawn from the wisdom of some of the companies that seem to make the list every year — companies like Cirrus Logic, Spiceworks, Yodle and JB Goodwin Realtors, who have all made the rankings for the seventh year in a row.
This year, we wanted to highlight what we’re calling the “Notable Newcomers” to the rankings — the 26 Austin-area employers who achieved Top Workplaces status for the first time in 2016.
Those include job search firm Indeed.com, where strong analytics meet on-site perks like a juice bar, a coffee bar, a salad bar and a gym.
They include is Lifesize, a videoconferencing technology company that calls itself a “re-startup,” because it made a commitment to transforming the company culture “and rebuilding from the ground up.”
And then there is BP3 Global, a software company that not only made the list for the first time this year, but leaped into the No. 1 spot among small employers, thanks to its culture of flexibility and collaboration
Thanks to survey data from their employees, all these newcomers have earned their way into the American-Statesman’s 2016 Top Workplaces of Greater Austin project.
After surveys of more than 27,000 workers at 161 area companies, the American-Statesman’s 2016 Top Workplaces of Greater Austin project narrowed the field to 100 employers worthy of earning Top Workplace designation.
The surveyed companies employ more than 45,000 people in the Austin area.
The surveys and selection process were handled by WorkplaceDynamics LLP, an Exton, Pa.-based company that has expertise in employee engagement surveys.
WorkplaceDynamics has conducted top workplace projects since 2007 and has partnered with newspapers around the country. The company designed and conducted the anonymous surveys. It then analyzed the results and came up with the list of the top Austin area employers.
The Statesman solicited nominations for the process, but did not select the 100 companies who made the list — and doesn’t the know which companies were nominated but did not make the top rankings. That was by design, to encourage companies to participate without risking embarrassment if they didn’t make the list of ranked companies.
The surveys asked workers to rate their employers on issues such as leadership and direction, ethics and values and how well employees are treated.
Based on the survey results, workers are looking for more than just a paycheck. They value such traits as schedule flexibility, open communication with management, the opportunity for training and career advancement and the opportunity to make an impact on their company and on the people it serves.
— Overall, 1,179 Austin area companies (all with at least 50 employees) were nominated by employees, customers or themselves. Of those companies 161 agreed to let WorkplaceDynamics survey their employees.
— At least 35 percent of a company’s workers had to complete the anonymous surveys for the results to be valid.
— Employees were asked to rate their companies on qualities such as leadership, direction, workplace environment and pay.
— WorkplaceDynamics then ranked the companies according to survey results within the small, mid-sized and larger company groups, based on their number of employees. Large companies are those with more than 500 Austin employees; mid-sized companies with between 150 and 499 area employees; and small companies with 50 to 149 employees in the Austin area.
Newcomers to Top Workplaces in 2016
Large companies (500 or more Austin-area employees)
Indeed.com — ranked No. 5 among large companies
Legalzoom — ranked No. 14 among large companies
Midsized companies (150 to 499 Austin-area employees)
Lifesize — ranked No. 17 among midsized companies
Ticom Geomatics — ranked No. 30 among midsized companies
Small companies (50 to 149 Austin-area employees)
BP3 Global — ranked No. 1 among small companies
ABC, Inc — ranked No. 4 among small companies
Vyopta — ranked No. 9 among small companies
SeniorAdvisor.com — ranked No. 10 among small companies
Neighbors Emergency Center — ranked No. 12 among small companies
TrendKite — ranked No. 13 among small companies
Parsley Energy — ranked No. 16 among small companies
ESO ranked No. 17 among small companies
The Zebra — ranked No. 19 among small companies
Modernize — ranked No. 29 among small companies
George P. Johnson — ranked No. 30 among small companies
Fresenius Health Partners — ranked No. 32 among small companies
Novotus — ranked No. 35 among small companies
Cornerstone Home Lending — ranked No. 39 among small companies
Innovative Funding Services — ranked No. 41 among small companies
Resignation Media — ranked No. 43 among small companies
Arrive Logistics — ranked No. 46 among small companies
Mattersight — ranked No. 47 among small companies
Kony — ranked No. 50 among small companies
Athenahealth — ranked No. 51 among small companies
Austin Emergency Center — ranked No. 52 among small companies
Microchip Technology — ranked No. 54 among small companies