Twenty companies have been recognized for their efforts to create high-quality working environments, and have been named the 2003 "Best Companies to Work for in the Valley of the Sun."
Of the 20 companies, fifteen are large-sized (over 250 employees) and five are medium-sized (50-250 employees). Robert Levering, co-founder of the San Francisco-based Great Place to Work ® Institute Inc., and co-author of Fortune Magazine's annual "100 Best Companies to Work for ® " in America, defines the best workplaces as companies that employ "people who trust the people they work for, have pride in what they do, and enjoy the people they work with."
The top fifteen large-sized companies to work for in the Valley are:
5. Dial Corporation
6. Edward Jones
8. Troon Golf
14. Vanguard Group
The top five medium-sized companies to work for in the Valley are:
The Great Place to Work® Institute is responsible for independently conducting the research for the Valley of the Sun list and solely determining which companies appear on the Best Companies to Work For in the Valley of the Sun list. In order to be considered, a company must have at least 50 full or part-time employees. It must be located in the Metro Phoenix Area (Maricopa and Pinal counties). These companies can be for-profit, non-profit, private, public, subsidiaries or business units, government or state agencies, or charitable organizations. Any company that appears on the list was selected primarily on the basis of their employees' responses to the Great Place to Work® Trust Index© (an employee survey), the company questionnaire (Great Place to Work® Culture Audit©), and accompanying materials submitted by the company for consideration, as well as information gathered from other reputable sources (such as media stories about the company).