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)

OPM withheld information from the Partnership until early December, 2017 on numerous small agencies and subcomponents. This made it impossible to include these organizations in the rankings released on December 6. The Partnership has since analyzed the new data provided by OPM and revised the rankings to include 210 additional small agencies and subcomponents.

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 Mediation and Conciliation Service 86.9 82.3 4.6 
2 U.S. International Trade Commission 80.9 78.9 2.0 
3 Farm Credit Administration 80.5 71.8 8.7 
3 National Endowment for the Arts 80.5 85.9 -5.4 
5 Overseas Private Investment Corporation 79.8 84.7 -4.9 
6 National Transportation Safety Board 77.5 73.2 4.3 
7 Office of Management and Budget 75.4 82.7 -7.3 
8 Millennium Challenge Corporation 73.8 60.0 13.8 
9 Office of Special Counsel 73.5 66.7 6.8 
9 Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 73.5 67.9 5.6 
11 Corporation for National and Community Service 72.9 63.6 9.3 
12 Federal Labor Relations Authority 72.6 80.2 -7.6 
13 Consumer Product Safety Commission 71.9 64.6 7.3 
14 National Endowment for the Humanities 71.4 77.1 -5.7 
15 Railroad Retirement Board 69.3 67.8 1.5 
16 Merit Systems Protection Board 68.5 69.3 -0.8 
17 Federal Maritime Commission 67.5 59.3 8.2 
18 Surface Transportation Board 66.3 64.9 1.4 
19 Federal Housing Finance Agency 64.5 61.3 3.2 
20 National Gallery of Art 62.9 60.9 2.0 
21 Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 60.9 58.5 2.4 
22 International Boundary and Water Commission 60.4 64.7 -4.3 
23 Commodity Futures Trading Commission 58.6 56.4 2.2 
24 Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 55.0 67.4 -12.4 
25 Export-Import Bank of the United States 54.9 58.2 -3.3 
26 Selective Service System 44.3 55.0 -10.7 
27 Federal Election Commission 39.8 28.4 11.4 
28 Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board 38.6 53.6 -15.0 
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