Agency Rankings by Demographic

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 77.9 75.9 2.0 
2 Intelligence Community 65.6 64.9 0.7 
3 Department of Commerce 63.2 62.0 1.2 
4 Department of Health and Human Services 62.9 60.9 2.0 
5 Department of Agriculture 60.9 58.4 2.5 
6 Department of State 60.8 60.6 0.2 
6 Department of Transportation 60.8 59.8 1.0 
8 Department of Justice 60.7 61.4 -0.7 
9 Office of the Secretary of Defense, Joint Staff, Defense Agencies, and Department of Defense Field Activities 60.2 59.4 0.8 
10 Department of the Air Force 59.7 60.0 -0.3 
10 Social Security Administration 59.7 61.4 -1.7 
12 Department of Labor 59.5 56.0 3.5 
12 Department of the Interior 59.5 57.0 2.5 
14 Department of the Navy 58.5 58.2 0.3 
15 Department of the Army 57.9 57.5 0.4 
16 Department of Veterans Affairs 57.4 56.5 0.9 
17 Department of the Treasury 56.8 54.8 2.0 
18 Department of Homeland Security 49.7 47.1 2.6 

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

Quartile Key
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