Forbes Best-In-State Employers 2021

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America’s Best in State Employers have been identified based on an independent survey from a vast sample of ~ 80,000 U.S.-employees working for companies employing at least 500 in their U.S. operations.

The employees have not been consulted via their employers but anonymously through several online panels. By doing so, the employee could openly state his/her opinion, avoiding any influence from their employer.

Each employee has been asked in which state and which firm or institution he or she works for, in an open ended question with an autofill option. Where appropriate, subsidiaries of larger entities have been combined for evaluation. The survey has been conducted on companies from all industry sectors employing more than 500 employees in the U.S.. The recommended employers have been grouped into one of the 25 industry sectors.

The evaluation was made on a state by state basis and is based on two distinct criteria:

1. Direct recommendations: Employees were asked to rate their willingness to recommend their own employers to friends and family. The responses were analysed on a scale from 0 to 10, where 0 means "I wouldn’t recommend my employer under any circumstances" and 10 means "I would definitely recommend my employer".

2. Indirect recommendations: Participants were also prompted to evaluate other employers in their region and respective industries that stand out either positively or negatively.

Furthermore the employees were asked 31 questions about work related topics: Employees were asked to give their opinions on a series of statements surrounding work related topics of e.g. working conditions, salary, potential for development and company image regarding their current employer. The rate of agreement/disagreement regarding the statements was measured on a 5 point Likert scale.

In total the survey took an average of 8-12 minutes to complete and the field period ran in multiple waves from October 2020 to June 2021.

The detailed methodology can be found here.



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