Frequently Asked Questions

The Top Workplaces National Programs – including USA, industry, and culture excellence awards – is open to all organizations with 150 or more employees in the United States. To qualify, companies must achieve a response rate to the Workplace Survey 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.

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.

Just as with our regional program, lists will be determined based 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 the National Top Workplaces Methodology.

A list of winners for each award will be:

  • Announced in a news release distributed nationwide
  • Featured in promoted social media posts on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Facebook
  • Listed on

Each of the 50+ media outlets that participate in the Top Workplaces regional program, including The Washington Post, Dallas Morning News, Chicago Tribune, and more, will receive advance access to the list of winners for a chance to publish the lists in print and online.

In addition, a nationwide wide news release will be published the day the USA list is published. Here is the January 2021 media release.

We surveyed more than 1,100 and recognized approximately 600, across Top Workplaces USA, Industry and Culture Excellence awards.

What is unique and makes Top Workplaces a coveted award is that is comprised of an elite community of organizations that have exceeded key facets of workplace culture—based on 14 years of research—to earn the Top Workplaces award.

The awards are based solely on employee feedback and whether or not an organization meets the threshold—not participation numbers.

Each Top Workplaces USA winner will receive a high-level survey briefing, plus a USA Media Kit that includes templates and tools to help promote their award. Recognition also includes a profile on that is optimized for sharing on social, career sites, and more.

Financial Services, Technology, Healthcare, Nonprofit, and Manufacturing were awarded in January 2021. 

Organizations that met our  Top Workplaces criteria were recognized. The top five companies are ranked, and all other winning organizations are listed by size band and in alphabetical order. Here is the participation for each industry:

  • Financial Services: over 750 eligible
  • Technology: over 450 eligible
  • Healthcare: nearly 500 eligible
  • Non-Profit: nearly 200 eligible
  • Manufacturing: nearly 250 eligible

Culture Excellence awards announced in January 2021 included:

Clued-In Leaders: 

[Senior managers understand] what is really happening at [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].

Yes! Completing the Workplace Survey puts you in the running for all Top Workplaces programs within 12 months, including national, regional, industry, culture excellence awards.

Here is the National Top Workplaces award schedule.

For Regional program information and requirements, go here.

Because our program uses the same standard survey for all of our Top Workplaces programs, we’re not able to remove any statements.

Because the National Top Workplaces program looks at US-based employees, those who are based internationally are not considered. However, you can include them in your survey. 

The size bands are based on total U.S. employees:

  • 2,500+
  • 1,000-2,499
  • 500-999
  • 150-499

Any qualified organization can participate in Top Workplaces Industry awards. The badges for these programs are part of the Employer Branding solution and can be unlocked with a subscription.

The April 2021 National Top Workplaces Culture Excellence Awards will be announced at noon ET on Wednesday, April 28th. Register here for the online, virtual reveal!