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The Word on DoG Street is that some folks are asking about Colonial Williamsburg being named to Forbes’ magazine’s list of America’s Best Mid-Size Employers of 2017. It’s true, and we’re thrilled at the honor.
Working with the research firm Statista, Forbes conducted anonymous survey interviews of 30,000 people working for organizations with 1,000 or more U.S. employees. The study sought to assess employee satisfaction, specifically whether an organization made its team members feel “happy, inspired and well-compensated.” To do that, the analysis gave the most weight to how strongly an employee would recommend working for his or her company to others.
Forbes divided employers in two groups – those with fewer than 5,000 employees and those with more. Colonial Williamsburg falls into the smaller category and placed 69th among 301 mid-sized organizations. We were second among travel and leisure institutions in our size category and beat out well-known names such as Bain & Co., Caribou Coffee and The Biltmore.
Since the list’s unveiling, we’ve heard questions about the survey’s methodology, and even speculation that organizations compensate Forbes in order to be ranked. Not the case, says Forbes Leadership Editor Frederick E. Allen.
“Nobody pays anyone anything to be considered for or ranked in Forbes’ America’s Best Employers and America’s Best Midsize Employers lists,” Allen says. “We partner with the research firm Statista to anonymously survey tens of thousands of corporate employees through anonymous online panels, without any input at all from employers. We feel that this is the most fair, impartial, and unbiased way to determine who America’s employees themselves consider to be America’s best employers.”
Survey respondents were also asked how factors such as compensation, diversity, pride, atmosphere and opportunities for advancement factored in their sentiments.
Forbes reinforces what we all know: CW is a great place to work and a unique national treasure.