100 Best Companies To Work For 2021

A focus on core values spurs top-level employee engagement
 
 
  • A focus on core values spurs top-level employee engagement

Seattle staffing firm CFO Selections had no voluntary turnover during the past year. Neither did Total Benefit Solutions, Sublime Media, Schlemlein Fick & Franklin, Rec Room, Northwestern Mutual Inland Northwest, FlowPlay, ImageSource or Commerce IQ.  It’s no surprise, then, that each of those organizations appears on Seattle Business magazine’s 32nd annual listing of Washington state’s 100 Best Companies To Work For.

Zero turnover is particularly impressive given that the world is in the midst of what’s been dubbed “The Great Resignation” or “The Big Quit” as workers reevaluate their careers and lives in the face of the global pandemic. A Microsoft survey of more than 30,000 workers found that a staggering 41% were considering quitting or changing careers. The U.S. Department of Labor says 4 million people left their jobs in July.

According to MIT Sloan Management Review, successful companies “rely on a set of core values” when communicating with employees. That’s certainly reflected in the corporate culture at StrataCore Inc., the top-scoring company on the list of 100, regardless of size. On the Best Companies nomination form, a StrataCore executive laid out the company’s philosophy: “1. Be Exceptional. 2. Solve Problems. 3. Team First. 4. Advocate Fiercely, and 5. Deliver Results. These are not mere words, but guide what we do every day. Over the past 18 years, we’ve learned that when our team lives and breathes our values, the rest falls into place."

Seattle Business magazine enlisted Pennsylvania-based Best Companies Group to conduct this year’s survey. Businesses nominate themselves and employees respond to a comprehensive survey. Responses remain anonymous and companies are scored across numerous categories, including communication, training, benefits, career development and recognition.

The scores earned by companies across all categories are combined to reach an average score. Companies are ranked across three groups. Click the links below to read more.

SMALL COMPANIES: 15-49 Washington employees.

MIDSIZE COMPANIES: 50-150 Washington employees.

LARGE COMPANIES: 150-plus Washington employees.

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