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 Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 82.9 79.0 3.9 
2 Government Accountability Office 82.5 79.7 2.8 
3 Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 81.9 80.7 1.2 
4 Federal Trade Commission 81.4 78.3 3.1 
5 Securities and Exchange Commission 80.9 76.1 4.8 
6 Peace Corps 80.7 79.7 1.0 
7 Consumer Financial Protection Bureau 76.9 72.2 4.7 
7 Smithsonian Institution 76.9 75.3 1.6 
9 National Science Foundation 74.7 71.3 3.4 
10 General Services Administration 73.7 68.4 5.3 
11 Nuclear Regulatory Commission 71.3 70.2 1.1 
12 U.S. Agency for International Development 69.5 62.7 6.8 
13 National Credit Union Administration 69.0 71.9 -2.9 
14 National Labor Relations Board 67.9 60.5 7.4 
15 Department of Energy 66.6 63.4 3.2 
16 Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 66.5 64.7 1.8 
17 Office of Personnel Management 65.7 66.2 -0.5 
18 Environmental Protection Agency 63.5 64.4 -0.9 
19 Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency 63.1 59.5 3.6 
20 Federal Communications Commission 62.8 61.5 1.3 
21 Department of Housing and Urban Development 62.4 58.2 4.2 
22 National Archives and Records Administration 61.5 57.0 4.5 
23 Department of Education 59.7 59.8 -0.1 
24 Small Business Administration 59.4 52.1 7.3 
25 Broadcasting Board of Governors 51.2 48.4 2.8 
Quartile Key
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