About Best Places to Work


Designed to help a broad audience of government leaders, employees and job seekers, the 2014 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government® rankings include the views of more than 392,700 civil servants on a wide range of workplace topics. More than 389 federal organizations are ranked according to overall employee satisfaction and commitment, as well as on 10 additional workplace issues such as strategic management, teamwork, leadership and work–life balance.

Employee satisfaction and commitment are two necessary ingredients in developing high-performing organizations and attracting top talent. The Best Places to Work rankings are an important tool for ensuring that employee satisfaction is a top priority for government managers and leaders. The rankings provide a mechanism to hold agency leaders accountable for the health of their organizations; serve as an early warning sign for agencies in trouble; offer a roadmap for improvement; and give job seekers insights into how federal employees view their agencies.

The Partnership for Public Service uses data from the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey as well as from surveys administered by 11 additional agencies plus the intelligence community to create the Best Places to Work rankings.

The rankings provide 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.

Since the first rankings were released in 2003, they have helped create much-needed institutional incentives to focus on key workforce issues, and have provided managers and leaders with a way to measure and improve employee satisfaction and commitment.

The rankings also address one of the biggest barriers to federal employment: a lack of cross-governmental information for prospective employees. The Best Places to Work rankings 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 Partnership for Public Service thanks Robert M. Tobias, director of key executive leadership programs at American University, for helping to 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 nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that believes good government starts with good people. By strengthening the civil service, and the systems that are supposed to support them, we help government serve the needs of all Americans.

What We Do

The Partnership teams up with federal agencies and other stakeholders to make our government more effective and efficient. We pursue this goal by:

  • Providing assistance to federal agencies to improve their management and operations, and to strengthen their leadership capacity;
  • Conducting outreach to college campuses and job seekers to promote public service;
  • Identifying and celebrating government’s successes so they can be replicated across the federal landscape;
  • Advocating for needed legislative and regulatory reforms to strengthen the civil service;
  • Generating research on, and effective responses to, the workforce challenges facing our federal government; and
  • Enhancing public understanding of the valuable work civil servants perform.

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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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 Media Relations Director.

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