About Best Places to Work

Employee satisfaction and commitment are two necessary ingredients in developing high-performing organizations and attracting top talent.

Since the first Best Places to Work in the Federal Government® rankings were released in 2003, they have provided managers and leaders with a way to measure and improve employee satisfaction and commitment and are an important tool for ensuring that employee satisfaction is a top priority. They provide a mechanism to hold agency leaders accountable for the health of their organizations; serve as an early warning sign for agencies in trouble; and offer a roadmap for improvement.

The rankings also address one of the biggest barriers to federal employment: a lack of cross-governmental information for prospective employees. They provide job seekers unprecedented insight into opportunities for public service by highlighting the federal government’s high-performing agencies and by promoting federal organizations that often go unheralded.

The 2015 Best Places to Work rankings include the views of more than 433,300 civil servants from 391 federal organizations on a wide range of workplace topics. This includes the views of more than 421,700 employees who complete the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey and employees from nine agencies such as the Peace Corps, Smithsonian and the intelligence community who complete surveys with comparable questions.

Participating federal organizations are ranked according to overall employee satisfaction and commitment, as well as on 10 additional categories such as leadership, strategic management, innovation and work–life balance. The organizations are also ranked using data from demographic and occupational groupings.

In addition to the rankings, this website provides an overview of each agency and subcomponent, trend data and expert analysis of what the results mean. Users can conduct side-by-side comparisons of how agencies or their subcomponents rank in various categories, how they compare with other agencies and determine whether they have improved or regressed over time.

For the first time, we have also grouped 75 federal organizations by six mission areas: public health, law enforcement, national security, energy and environment, financial regulation and oversight. The data show a wide range of scores among agencies with similar workforces and responsibilities.

The Partnership for Public Service thanks Robert M. Tobias, director of key executive leadership programs at American University, for helping develop the Best Places to Work rankings, and OPM for its rigorous administration of this powerful employee survey.

About the Partnership

The Partnership for Public Service is a unique nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to achieving a more effective and innovative government for our country. Not bigger or smaller government, just smarter. And, by teaming with federal agencies and other stakeholders to improve the leadership capacity of our federal agencies and the systems that support them, we help government be responsive to the evolving needs of the American people.

We pursue this goal by:

  • Providing assistance to federal agencies to improve their management and operations, and to strengthen their leadership capacity;
  • Promoting accountability by generating research on, and effective responses to, the workforce challenges facing our federal government;
  • Advocating for needed legislative and regulatory reforms to strengthen and make government more effective;
  • Identifying and celebrating government’s successes so they can be replicated across government; and
  • Conducting outreach to college campuses and job seekers to promote public service.

Learn How You Can Get Involved

List of Participating Agencies Frequently Asked Questions Methodology

Media Inquiries

If you are member of the media and would like more information about this program, please call the Partnership for Public Service at (202) 775-9111 and ask to speak to our Communications Director.

Best Places to Work Brochure

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Award Badge

If you represent an agency or subcomponent that participates in the Best Places to Work rankings, you can download our official award badge for use on your website. Please link the award badge back to bestplacestowork.org so your site visitors can learn more about your organization and the rankings.

If you have questions about the use of the award badge, please contact us.

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