Agency Rankings by Mission

National Security

The Best Places to Work rankings include results based on the index scores of 69 federal organizations grouped into five mission areas. The purpose is to examine agencies that have similar responsibilities, and employ workers with comparable occupations, to see if there are commonalities or discrepancies in employee engagement.


Ensuring the security of our nation is perhaps the most critical role of the federal government. Keeping the country safe and secure from foreign threats requires a multifaceted approach involving our armed forces, the intelligence community as well as the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State. This category only includes organizations at the department-wide level.


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 the links below to view an agency’s full report. Click on the column headings to sort by rank, agency name, score or change.

Rank Agency 2016 2015 Change (2015‑16)
1 Intelligence Community 67.0 67.1 -0.1 
2 Department of State 66.8 66.3 0.5 
3 Department of the Navy 60.7 59.4 1.3 
4 Office of the Secretary of Defense, Joint Staff, Defense Agencies and Department of Defense Field Activities 59.8 58.4 1.4 
5 Department of the Air Force 59.3 60.0 -0.7 
6 Department of the Army 57.8 57.0 0.8 
7 Department of Homeland Security 45.8 43.1 2.7 

Each agency belongs to only one mission group on the list. Inclusion in one of the mission groups is dependent on the agency’s participation in the overall Best Places to Work rankings.

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

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