Why Participate

Program benefits and the nomination process

The Best Bay Area Employers program shines a spotlight on local employers who provide strong, healthy workplaces in the communities we serve. Bay Area News Group, in partnership with Data Joe, LLC, offers a free assessment through a quick, statistically valid and anonymous employee survey. 

The Best Employers program recruits employers, assists them through the survey process, and creates the list of top-ranking companies. Participation in the program is free. 

Consider the Benefits

We can all agree our people are our biggest asset. Becoming a Best Bay Area Employer is a great way to reach, attract and retain the best talent.
✓   Get free visibility  and intelligence  
Each participating organization receives a complimentary, professionally packaged report that can be used to gauge their results against similar sized employers. The results from the Best Bay Area Employers survey will provide valuable insights into what’s working, and what needs attention.  
✓   Stand out from the crowd  
Develop pride within your organization and give your colleagues something to celebrate! Furthermore, give your employer high praise for creating a top quality work environment. 
✓   Bolster recruiting and retention efforts   
Employees want to work for employers with a healthy and engaged work culture. As a Best Bay Area Employer your company will stand out among your competition.  
✓   Highlight your best employer designation   
Use the Best Bay Area Employers logo on company materials and websites to help showcase and recognize your organization as one who provides employees with quality work environments. Your customers, employee candidates and business partners will take notice.  
✓   Gain media exposure 
Your company will be recognized in the annual Best Bay Area Employers special edition published by Bay Area News Group in The Mercury News and East Bay Times and receive an online profile on BestBayAreaEmployers.com. 
✓   Party and toast the winners   
Everyone loves a good party and we put on the best. All employees and company leaders of the winning businesses will be invited to an in-person event in June at Levi's Stadium honoring your designation as a Best Bay Area Employer.

How It Works

Your company worked hard to create the workplace environment your employees appreciate and top candidates seek out. Get rewarded for your efforts. And best of all, participation is free.

Nominations are open for the 2023 Bay Area News Group Best Bay Area Employer awards. Any organization with 5 or more employees in the Bay Area is eligible for consideration, whether public, private, nonprofit, government, even schools. Any type of employer is welcome to enter, as long as it has employees in Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, Solano and San Mateo counties.

Bay Area employers are evaluated by their employees using a simple, yet, comprehensive survey. Companies will be surveyed anytime from August 2022 through February 2023. Data Joe, LLC is our research partner for the project.

There is no cost to enter the program. Winning companies will be grouped by size (small, medium, large, extra large) and featured in a special edition of The Mercury News and East Bay Times. They will also be honored at a special event.

This is the 13th year of running a company recognition program and the first year under the Best Employers brand with our new research partner, Data Joe, LLC. 

Nominate your organization for a Best Bay Area Employer award

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