Agency Rankings by Demographic

Senior Executive Service (SES)

The Best Places to Work rankings include results based on the index scores of demographic groups tracked in the Office of Personnel Management’s Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey.

The index score is calculated using a proprietary weighted formula that looks at responses to three different questions in the federal survey. The more the question predicts intent to remain, the higher the weighting.

  • I recommend my organization as a good place to work. (Q. 40)
  • Considering everything, how satisfied are you with your job? (Q. 69)
  • Considering everything, how satisfied are you with your organization? (Q. 71)

Click on an agency’s name to view its full report. Use the column headings to sort the table.

Rank Agency 2016 2015 Change (2015‑16)
1 National Aeronautics and Space Administration 93.9 96.0 -2.1 
2 Department of Labor 92.8 91.8 1.0 
3 Department of Health and Human Services 91.2 84.2 7.0 
4 Department of the Interior 90.7 88.8 1.9 
5 Department of the Army 90.6 74.0 16.6 
6 Department of the Air Force 89.5 85.7 3.8 
7 Department of Justice 88.9 85.3 3.6 
8 Department of Agriculture 86.4 84.0 2.4 
9 Department of State 86.3 86.3 0.0 
10 Department of the Treasury 85.5 82.6 2.9 
11 Department of Transportation 85.0 87.8 -2.8 
12 Department of Commerce 82.9 84.5 -1.6 
13 Department of Homeland Security 81.8 81.1 0.7 
14 Department of the Navy 81.7 85.9 -4.2 
15 Office of the Secretary of Defense, Joint Staff, Defense Agencies, and Department of Defense Field Activities 80.6 68.5 12.1 
16 Social Security Administration 79.7 74.9 4.8 
17 Department of Veterans Affairs 73.1 64.5 8.6 
Intelligence Community 0.0 

Not all agencies have data for demographic groups, due to small sample sizes. Explain this.

Quartile Key
Lower Quartile (0–25%) Below Median (25–50%) Above Median (50–75%) Upper Quartile (75–100%)

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