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 2017 2016 Change (2016‑17)
1 National Aeronautics and Space Administration 80.9 78.6 2.3 
5 Intelligence Community 66.6 67.0 -0.4 
8 Department of State 64.0 66.8 -2.8 
3 Department of Commerce 69.2 67.9 1.3 
12 Social Security Administration 63.0 63.1 -0.1 
14 Department of the Treasury 61.6 58.8 2.8 
11 Department of Justice 63.7 65.7 -2.0 
4 Department of Transportation 67.6 63.4 4.2 
10 Department of the Navy 63.8 60.7 3.1 
2 Department of Health and Human Services 70.4 66.4 4.0 
9 Department of the Interior 63.9 61.0 2.9 
16 Department of the Air Force 60.7 59.3 1.4 
13 Department of the Army 62.4 57.8 4.6 
15 Office of the Secretary of Defense, Joint Staff, Defense Agencies, and Department of Defense Field Activities 61.1 59.8 1.3 
7 Department of Agriculture 65.9 63.1 2.8 
6 Department of Labor 66.2 65.7 0.5 
17 Department of Veterans Affairs 56.1 56.7 -0.6 
18 Department of Homeland Security 52.0 45.8 6.2 
Quartile Key
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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 2017 Best Places to Work index score for the entire Department of Defense is 62.3, a 3.0 point increase from its 2016 index score of 59.3.