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June 23, 2017

Washington's happiest employees work at these companies

Puget Sound Business Journal

Ryan Lambert

Ask most business leaders and they'll tell you that success starts with smart hiring and engaged employees.

For the last 11 years, the Business Journal's list of Washington's Best Workplaces has attempted to quantify that sentiment.

Employees from hundreds of companies throughout Washington state are surveyed each year to find out what makes their office special. The results of those surveys are a how-to guide for workplace culture.

Columbia Bank and Kidder Mathews are the only two companies to land on the list every year since we started publishing it. To see the other 78 companies that made the cut this year, click through the slideshow.

The Business Journal gathered nominations from Washington companies vying for a coveted spot on the 2017 list. The nominees were then surveyed through our partners at Quantum Workplaces, who tallied the results.

Companies that qualified for the list needed to meet survey participation requirements based on the size of their workforces. Those requirements are:

Fewer than 50 employees: 85 percent participation

  • 51 - 150 employees: 70 percent participation
  • 151 - 500 employees: 50 percent participation
  • 501 - 1,000 employees: 30 percent participation
  • 1,001 -3,000 employees: 15 percent participation
  • 3,001 - 5,000 employees: 8 percent participation
  • More than 5,000 employees: 5 percent participation

Companies that appear on the Aug. 4 list are sorted into four categories based on their number of full-time employees: more than 250 workers, 100 to 249 workers, 50 to 99 workers and 10 to 49 workers.

This year's list will also ranks the top 20 companies in their respective size categories using the scores Quantum calculated.

The final ranking will be revealed at our Aug. 3 Washington's Best Workplaces event at Safeco Field.

For the full story, go to Puget Sound Business Journal.

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