Frequently Asked Questions

Top Workplaces Participation

As a Top Workplaces participant, you have a comprehensive, single dashboard view of every award your organization is eligible to win. This includes Top Workplaces Regional, National, Culture Excellence, and Industry awards. And don’t forget, by completing one engagement survey, your company may participate in all qualified employer recognition opportunities in the coming 12 months. 

The dashboard also enables you to plan resource allocation, inform strategic plans, and align timing with other initiatives, such as award announcements, recruitment and sales campaigns, company meetings, and more. 

If you’re already a Top Workplaces participant, log in to your account to see which programs and awards you qualify for. If you haven’t registered yet, go here to get started

The Top Workplaces national programs, which include USA, Industry, and Culture Excellence awards – are open to all companies with 150 or more employees in the United States. To qualify, companies must achieve a Workplace Survey response rate of 35% or higher.

Currently, the award is open to all industries except those that are primarily regional, such as local real estate agents/brokers, local hotels, and K-12 educational institutions.

No! Completing a single Workplace Survey puts you in the running for all eligible Top Workplaces programs within the coming 12 months. This includes all national, regional, Industry, and Culture Excellence awards.

However, you can choose to refresh your survey data at any time. 

Here is the Top Workplaces national awards schedule.

Go here for the Top Workplaces regional program information.

Because the Top Workplaces national program looks at US-based employees, those who are based internationally are not considered.

You may, however, include them in your Workplace Survey

The company size bands for Top Workplaces national awards are based on total U.S. employees as follows:

  • 150-499 employees
  • 500-999 employees
  • 1000-2499 employees
  • 2500+ employees

Over the past year, Energage has invited almost 42,000 organizations to compete for our national awards, which include Top Workplaces USA, Industry, and quarterly Culture Excellence awards. 

Please note: The national awards are in addition to the Top Workplaces regional awards we offer through more than 55 media partners.

On average, fewer than 3% of eligible organizations earn a Top Workplaces designation, making these achievements clear differentiators among peers. Here is a breakdown of the percentage of invited organizations over the past year according to size band:

150-499: 54%

500-999: 15%

1000-2499: 13%

2500+: 18%

Top Workplaces USA Award

The Top Workplaces USA is award part of the Top Workplaces national program, which also includes Industry and Culture Excellence recognition.

Each Top Workplaces USA winner receives a high-level survey briefing. Recognition also includes a profile on that is optimized for sharing on social, career sites, and more.

For more information about using Top Workplaces national awards badges and Employer Branding tools, go here. 

Top Workplaces National Industry Awards

The January 2021 Top Workplaces national industry awards include the following: 

  • Financial Services
  • Technology
  • Healthcare
  • Non-Profit
  • Manufacturing

Organizations that meet our Top Workplaces national criteria are recognized. The top five companies are ranked, and all other winning organizations are listed alphabetically within each company size band.

Top Workplaces National Culture Excellence Awards

Top Workplaces National Culture Excellence awards are based on responses to Workplace Survey statement(s). Some awards – such as DE&I Practices and Remote Work – include additional considerations (see below):

Clued-In Leaders:

“Senior managers understand what is really happening in this company.”

Top Leaders:

“I have confidence in the leader of this company.”


“I feel well-informed about important decisions at this company.”


“New ideas are encouraged at this company.”


“I feel genuinely appreciated at this company.”


“I believe this company is going in the right direction.”


“This company operates by strong values.”

Empowering Employees:

“This company enables me to work at my full potential.”

“This company motivates me to give my very best at work.”

“My manager helps me learn and grow.”


“My pay is fair for the work I do.”

Employee Value Prop:

“This job meets the expectations I had when I started.”

Formal Training:

“I get the formal training I want for my career.”

Top Managers:

“My manager helps me learn and grow.”

“My manager cares about my concerns.”

Work-Life Flexibility:

“I have the flexibility I need to balance my work and personal life.”

DE&I Practices:

The DE&I Practices award is based on a combination of questionnaire scores in addition to meeting or exceeding the overall Top Workplaces national benchmark.

Remote Work:

Overall survey scores for the responders who identify as remote workers.

Professional Development:

  • “My manager helps me learn and grow.”
  • “This company enables me to work at my full potential.”
  • “I get the formal training I want for my career.”

Employee Well-Being:

  • “I feel genuinely appreciated at this company.”
  • I believe this company is going in the right direction.”
  • I have the flexibility I need to balance my work and personal life.”

Any qualified organization can participate in Top Workplaces national awards. The badges for these programs are included with a  subscription to Employer Branding.

The Workplace Survey and Methodology

Because Top Workplaces uses the same standard employee engagement survey for all programs, we cannot remove any survey statements. 

Yes! Completing the Workplace Survey puts you in the running for all Top Workplaces programs within 12 months, including National, Regional, Industry, and Culture Excellence awards.

Here is the Top Workplaces National awards schedule.

Top Workplaces Regional program information can be found here.

All lists are based solely on employee feedback. There are no subjective elements to the process, making Top Workplaces the most credible, authentic employer recognition program.

Top Workplaces are determined on quantitative employee feedback and the statements and demographic information that we collect within Workplace Survey. Because we have collected data from more than 23 million surveys at over 70,000 organizations, the Energage benchmark is the most accurate benchmark available.

Go here for more information about Top Workplaces Methodology.

You can also learn more about what makes a Top Workplace from Dr. Greg Barnett, Energage Chief People Scientist:

Watch What Makes a Top Workplace

Join us for the 2022 Top Workplaces USA national award celebration on Tuesday, February 1st. We’ve got an exciting lineup for the virtual event!