is the relationship between Best Companies Group and BestCompaniesAZ?
Are they the same company?
A BestCompaniesAZ (BCAZ) is an Arizona consulting
firm not affiliated with Best Companies Group (BCG). BCAZ’s
role in the Arizona program is to provide consultation
and educational support to all Arizona
participants to ensure they achieve the maximum benefits
from this program. To maximize the credibility and confidentiality
of the survey process, BCAZ has selected BCG as the survey
and research provider to manage the survey and benchmarking
assessment process and to select the final Arizona list
winners. BCAZ in no way is involved with the assessment
and selection of list winners due to the nature of its
role in providing consulting and education assistance
to participating companies. BCAZ will have access to all
the employee and employer data collected once the list
is released by BCG for the purposes of assisting the participants
with analyzing their results and action planning.
have several companies operating in Arizona under
one parent holding company. Each company has its own
EIN (Employer Identification Number) and
each has its own set of benefits and working environments.
Do I need to register each company?
A Yes. Since each company is its own entity
with its own benefits and working environment, we will
treat each company as a separate employer and send each
location a separate set of surveys, etc. Each subsidiary
company must have at least 25 full and/or part-time permanent
employees to be eligible.
have several offices/facilities in Arizona that operate
using the same EIN and same set of employee benefits
and procedures. Should I register each company separately?
A No. If you are one company with multiple locations
you should submit only one registration for all locations.
We will then conduct a survey of employees that are randomly
selected from the various business units that you operate
in Arizona, up to a total of 400 employees.
Special exception for hotels: We understand that hotels have unique ownership and managment scenarios. Therefore, hotels may enter as individual locations. However, the number of US employees that you will report will be the number of employees who work for the same company your employees do. In most scenarios, the company used to determine the US employee count will be the company whose name appears on the employees' paycheck and from whom the employees derive their employee benefits. If you have question about this, please contact us.
company has employees throughout Arizona. Will I need
to survey all employees throughout the state?
A Yes, you will need to survey all employees
working in the state of Arizona. If you employ
more than 250 employees throughout the state, a random
sample of all employees will be asked to complete a survey.
company has employees working in the state of Arizona
but we do not have a physical office location. Are we
eligible to participate?
A Yes, as long as you have employees working
in the state and are able to provide an in-state mailing
address for your business, you are eligible to participate.
Only employees working in or directly reporting into the
state are eligible to participate in the survey.
company has employees that work for our operations within
Arizona but technically do not reside nor perform the
majority of their duties within Arizona. Are they eligible
to participate in the survey process?
A For remote employees
to be eligible to participate, the individuals must
report directly into the state of Arizona. If the remote
employees report to a remote regional manager, the employees
would not be eligible to take part in the survey process.
However, the regional managers are eligible to participate
if they report directly to the office within the state
If you are uncertain about any employee’s
eligibility to participate in the survey we encourage
you to contact Best Companies Group for a final determination,
as surveying ineligible employees may lead to disqualification
from the competition.
are a personnel placement company with associates who
are technically our employees, but they work for other
companies. Are we still eligible to participate?
A Yes. However only those "in-house" employees
will be counted and surveyed. The employees who are "placed"
with other companies are not counted and will not be surveyed.
There must be a minimum of 25 "in-house" employees to
company employs seasonal, temporary, per diem and independent
contractor employees. Should they be included in the survey?
A No. Seasonal, temporary, per diem, independent
contractors, interns, volunteers or consultants should
not be included in the survey process. We only want to
survey the permanent full and part-time employees.
A No. Participation in the "Top Companies to Work for in Arizona" program is
absolutely free if you choose the online survey process.
If your company should need paper surveys for your employee
base, there is a nominal paper survey fee to cover printing,
shipping and processing. Please see the Assessment
Process page for the paper fees. Additional
(optional) services are available for a fee such as customizing,
language translations and the purchase of the Employee
the paper survey fee, report fee or survey translation fee be submitted with out registration?
A If your company chooses to purchase the Employee Feedback Report, needs survey translation or paper surveys, you may either pay online with a credit card at the time of registration, or you may choose to receive an invoice following your registration.
A If you have 250 or fewer employees in your
company, then the answer is yes. If you employ more than
250 associates throughout the state of Arizona, a random
sample of up to 400 employees will be asked to complete
the survey. Please see the Assessment
Process page for more information.
have more than 250 employees to be surveyed. Who
decides which employees will receive the surveys and how
they are distributed? Do we have to give you a list of
who is being surveyed?
A The random selection will
be conducted by Best Companies Group for the online survey
process. Companies choosing the online survey process
will be asked to upload a list of all employee email addresses
into an online portal. Best Companies Group will
then randomly select the appropriate amount of employees
(based on company size) to receive the survey. Companies
will be asked to upload the employee email addresses via
an online upload portal sent shortly after registration
has closed. Companies choosing the paper survey
process will be required to tell Best Companies Group
how they conducted the random selection of their employee
population. Please see the Timeline for dates surrounding the portal.
A Yes. All employees will be asked to complete
a survey unless the company has more than 250 employees. At
companies employing over 250 associates, a random sample
will be chosen, and even then, managers are not excluded.
long will it take to complete the employer questionnaire
(EQ)? Will it require a lot of research?
A The employer questionnaire may take between
8-10 hours to complete, depending upon how easy it is
to retrieve your company's information regarding policies,
practices and demographics. Some research may be
necessary. The EQ is completed and submitted online.
A list of questions can be found on the Survey & Report
Samples page. You may begin gathering the information
requested on the EQ prior to the survey start date. That
way when the actual invitation is sent, you can simply
enter the requested information online
A Best Companies Group will send your company
a box of paper surveys and postage-paid return envelopes
that must be distributed to employees. Employees complete
the survey, place it in the envelope, seal it and then
drop the completed surveys in the US mail. Completed surveys
are mailed back to our processing facility by each employee.
if not all of the employees complete and return the
surveys? Is there a minimum response rate?
A We are looking for a response rate of
approximately 40% or greater. Therefore, it is not absolutely
necessary that all who receive a survey fill it out.
While companies who have not reached 40% may still be
considered, response rates are taken into account during
the analysis process. The higher the response rate the
more representative it will be of your company as a
whole and the more valuable your company’s data
will be at the end of the process.
A To conduct the online survey process, companies
submit a list of employee email addresses. Best Companies
Group will perform the random selection of survey recipients
for companies having over 250 employees. Employees are
then directly sent an individual survey invitation via email containing
unique access information from Best Companies Group. The
invitation directs employees to a unique Web page where
they can submit their confidential responses. We can only
send email invitations to company email accounts.
all of our employees have email addresses. Can we still
utilize the online survey?
A Yes! You can still use the online survey
provided that at least 70% of your employees have company
email. If you have some employees without email addresses,
they will still be included in the survey. We can provide
access codes for those employees, if they represent
30% or less of your employee population. Click to learn
more about Access Codes.
In order to maintain the integrity of the survey
process, if fewer than 70% of your employees have company
email addresses, you will have to utilize the paper
am concerned about the confidentiality of the survey
A We will make every effort to maintain
the anonymity of the employees completing the survey
as well as protect the summarized data of all participating
companies. Please note, that in order to maintain respondent
anonymity, we do not report any response data for fewer than five (5) individuals in any one demographic category
on the Employee Demographic Report. Please see our Statement
of Confidentiality for more information.
BestCompaniesAZ (BCAZ) is an Arizona consulting firm
not affiliated with Best Companies Group. BCAZ will
have access to all employee and employer data collected
by BCG for the purposes of assisting the participants
with their results. BestCompaniesAZ is in no way involved
with the assessment and selection of "azcentral.com's Top Companies to Work for in Arizona."
the job role and department demographics on the employee
survey be customized to more closely align with our
A Yes, for a fee, the job role and department
demographic categories can be customized. Please call
Best Companies Group for more information or select the
"Customization" option on the registration form and you
will be contacted with more information.What is this?
information is included in the Employee Feedback Report
and when will we receive it? What is the benefit of
purchasing this report?
A Purchasing the Employee Feedback Report will
allow you to gain valuable insight into what your employees
are thinking. The Employee Feedback Report will
contain large spreadsheets detailing and summarizing your
employees' responses (in percentage format) to the 78
survey questions as well as the employee comments. It
will also include detailed instructions on how to interpret
the results. The reports will be emailed to each company
shortly after the companies are notified whether or not
they have made the list. State
benchmarking is also included so companies can compare
themselves to "azcentral.com's Top Companies to Work
for in Arizona" list-making and non-list-making organizations. The
benchmarking portion will be sent after the rankings
A The benchmark
report will represent the average responses for each of
the seventy-eight (78) statements for all the state's
list-makers and non-list-makers. This information will
allow your company to compare itself to "azcentral.com's Top Companies to Work for in Arizona."
do I order my company's Employee Feedback Report?
A An Employee Feedback Report can only be ordered
once you have registered to participate in "azcentral.com's Top Companies to Work for in Arizona." To
register, click the registration button in the upper right
hand corner of the webpage,
and fill out the registration form. If you have already
registered, please call Best Companies Group toll-free
at (877) 455-2159 or visit the Order
Your Reports link.
will we find out if our company made the list and where
A You will receive a notification letter informing
your company whether or not you made the list. If you
make the list, you will find out where you rank in a special
issue of The Arizona Republic. See the Timeline for more details.
portion of our employees do not speak English. Do you
offer employee surveys in alternate languages?
A We offer employee surveys in a variety of
languages. Additional languages are available at $205
per survey translation. If you need alternate language
surveys, please select the "Languages" button on the registration
form and you will receive additional information.
will my company be notified throughout the survey process?
Will I receive regular updates?
A Yes, you will receive periodic updates regarding
the survey timeline via email. However, we do recommend
that your company place the dates that we send to you
in your calendars. Best Companies Group primarily works
through email. It is important that you read all instructions
and details sent to you from Best Companies Group.
A Starting at just $295, the Pulse12 is a mid-year,
abbreviated version of the standard Employee Engagement
and Satisfaction Survey used during the “Top Companies to Work for in Arizona” program. It
is a valuable and cost effective way to measure change
that may occur after the “Best” employee survey
concludes to ensure that you’re focusing your resources
on the right areas.
Best Companies Group have any other programs or conduct
any other surveys or services?
A Yes. Best Companies Group is identifying and
recognizing great workplaces on national, state, regional
and industry stages. For a complete list of programs or
to learn more about our additional services, please visit