Best Places to Work Agency Rankings

The overall rankings are determined by the Best Places to Work index score, which measures employee engagement.

The index score is not a combined average of an agency’s category scores. It is calculated using a proprietary weighted formula that looks at responses to three different questions in the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s Federal Employee Viewpoint 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 National Aeronautics and Space Administration 78.6 76.1 2.5 
2 Department of Commerce 67.9 66.2 1.7 
3 Intelligence Community 67.0 67.1 -0.1 
4 Department of State 66.8 66.3 0.5 
5 Department of Health and Human Services 66.4 63.9 2.5 
6 Department of Justice 65.7 66.3 -0.6 
6 Department of Labor 65.7 63.1 2.6 
8 Department of Transportation 63.4 63.1 0.3 
9 Department of Agriculture 63.1 59.4 3.7 
9 Social Security Administration 63.1 66.0 -2.9 
11 Department of the Interior 61.0 59.2 1.8 
12 Department of the Navy 60.7 59.4 1.3 
13 Office of the Secretary of Defense, Joint Staff, Defense Agencies, and Department of Defense Field Activities 59.8 58.4 1.4 
14 Department of the Air Force 59.3 60.0 -0.7 
15 Department of the Treasury 58.8 57.5 1.3 
16 Department of the Army 57.8 57.0 0.8 
17 Department of Veterans Affairs 56.7 55.1 1.6 
18 Department of Homeland Security 45.8 43.1 2.7 
Quartile Key
Lower Quartile (0–25%) Below Median (25–50%) Above Median (50–75%) Upper Quartile (75–100%)

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Department of the Air Force; Department of the Army; Department of the Navy; and Office of the Secretary of Defense, Joint Staff, Defense Agencies, and Department of Defense Field Activities are part of the Department of Defense. The 2016 Best Places to Work index score for the entire Department of Defense is 59.3, a 0.7-point increase from its 2015 index score of 58.6.