Best Places to Work 2018


The Best Places to Work in Los Angeles: A Look at the Winners


The way others perceive your company can be critical to attracting, engaging, and retaining top employees. A strong message that clearly communicates why an organization is an employer of choice and a place filled with a thriving staff can set you apart from your competition and help attract like-minded employees. That’s why many successful companies actively develop an employer brand to highlight their reputation as a great place to work.
The 12th annual “Best Places to Work in Los Angeles” luncheon and awards celebration was hosted by the Los Angeles Business Journal at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza on Wednesday, August 15th. The event saluted companies that, according to the people who work for them, are the most successful in business and in nurturing their own.
Each company profiled here has its own special methods of elevating morale and team spirit to new heights. In some cases, that means having a robust and generous employee benefits package; in others it may mean the company hosts fun team building events and exercises, or contributes proactively to each employee’s overall well-being, be that through wellness programs, generous time off protocols, workplace amenities, charitable endeavors, engaged and accessible management or any number of other elements that lead to improved employee quality-of-life. But one thing that is common among all of them is a commitment to the concept that employees’ well being directly impacts a company’s well being—in the eyes of the public, its business partners, customers and shareholders.
Many studies have been done on company morale and one thing that comes to light often is that the type of work environment provided directly impacts employees’ personal and professional life. When looking for a company to work for, it’s not all about salary and vacation time anymore. People want to know about the culture, the opportunities for upward mobility, and the education and training made available to employees. People want to know which companies are the best places to work and what makes them great. And we are here to point them in the right direction!
This year, the Los Angeles Business Journal once again partnered with Best Companies Group to identify the top 100 companies that were honored. Best Companies Group was also responsible for the survey and analysis process for the Best Places to Work in Los Angeles Program. Their description of “How We Did It,” outlining the analytical process utilized is detailed in this special supplement.
Across the pages that follow is a snapshot view of the Best Places to Work in Los Angeles, broken down by size of company – Large (250 or more employees), Medium (50 to 249 employees) and Small (15 to 49 employees).

How We Did It!
The Best Places to Work in Los Angeles is an annual celebration of elite employers who have proven that they know what it takes to create environments where people love to come to work. Identifying and recognizing these outstanding workplaces is a joint effort of The Los Angeles Business Journal and Best Companies Group.
The Best Places to Work in Los Angeles program was open to all publicly or privately held companies with at least 15 employees working in LA County. The workplace assessment and survey process was managed by Best Companies Group (BCG), Harrisburg, PA. BCG, an independent workplace excellence research firm, managed the registration process, conducted the surveys, evaluated the data and ultimately chose the firms good enough to make the list. BCG manages 39 similar programs in other cities, states and industries, as well as managing programs in Canada, Morocco and the UK.
Part one of the assessment (threequarters of each company’s score) involved a confidential 81 question Employee Engagement & Satisfaction Survey (EESS) which was used to evaluate the employees’ workplace experience and company culture. Part two of the assessment (one-quarter of each company’s score) consisted of The BCG Employer Questionnaire (EQ), used to collect information about each company’s benefits, policies, practices and other general information. The two combined sets of data allowed the experts at BCG to conduct an in-depth analysis of the strengths and opportunities that exist in each company. BCG’s workplace assessment experts determined who was good enough to make the list and where they ranked.
While the survey process and evaluation was free, many participating companies opted to purchase the full BCG Employee Feedback Report which include a comprehensive summary of the employee feedback. The report also included the employee written comments and the Los Angeles Benchmark Reports. This report will help each company understand their workforce better and equip them with the information to make their workplace even better.
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Here are the winners with their rankings...
The Best Large Companies to Work for in Los Angeles
The Best Medium-Sized Companies to Work for in Los Angeles
The Best Small Companies to Work for in Los Angeles

Also In This Supplement:
Four Tips to Creating a Great Work Environment
Communicate Effectively with Your Staff
What Today’s Employees Want
Making Culture Count - Building a Unified Team in an Acquisition
People Helping People - The Embodiment of a Great Place to Work
HR Professionals Indicate Recognition Programs Have Positive Impact on Retention and Recruitment