100 winners and spotlight award recipients announced for the 2017 azcentral.com's 'Top Companies to Work for in Arizona' program

PHOENIX, AZ – July 11, 2017 – This year’s 5th annual azcentral.com Top Companies to Work for in Arizona award recipients were recognized at a ceremony recently held at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort, led by sponsors of the annual program — Republic Media, parent company to The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com; presenting sponsor Arizona Commerce Authority; consulting partner BestCompaniesAZ; and research partner Best Companies Group. The 100 honorees were recognized for their accomplishments in creating outstanding workplace cultures for their employees.

The 100 companies that made the list were selected based on an extensive evaluation of employer practices and high marks in satisfaction from employees surveyed at each participating company. “Our goal with the ‘Top Companies’ program is to help develop Arizona as a leader in creating quality, successful employers, thus positively impacting our local economy and attracting the top talent all businesses need to succeed,” said Heather Kivatinos, recruitment sales manager at Republic Media.

“With this being the 5th anniversary of the “Top Companies” program, we are quite impressed to see these Arizona employers continue to hold the bar high for Arizona with an impressive employee engagement score of approximately 92 percent favorable, which is more than double the national average engagement score”, says Denise Gredler, founder & CEO, BestCompaniesAZ, and consulting partner for the program.

The top-ranking companies that took the No. 1 spot within their respective categories were:
– U.S. Employees 25-99 – Equity Methods
– U.S. Employees 100 to 999 – Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
– U.S. Employees 1,000 or more – Protiviti

Spotlight winners honored this year were:
– Diversity Initiatives – USAA
– Women’s Initiatives – Charles Schwab
– Spirit Award – Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

The full list of the 100 Top Companies is published on azcentral.com and BestCompaniesAZ.com.

Registration is open now for the upcoming 2018 Top Companies to Work for in Arizona competition. Register now to receive important notifications and to get started early in preparing your company for next year.

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About BestCompaniesAZ – Arizona’s Employer Branding Partner
BestCompaniesAZ specializes in helping corporate clients develop, strengthen and market their unique employer brands through a variety of events, awards and communications programs. Specialized services include employee opinion surveys, benchmarking, employment branding, recruitment strategies, award consultation and promotional services. BestCompaniesAZ is proud to be chosen as the Consulting Partner for the Top Companies program, serving five consecutive years, and Founding Partner for Arizona Most Admired Companies. For more information, visit BestCompaniesAZ.com or call 480-545-5151.

About Republic Media
Republic Media is a consultative media company that provides you with the means to deliver your message to the right audience in the most effective way. From online to print to direct mail, Republic Media encompasses an array of products including The Arizona Republic, azcentral.com, and La Voz. Since 1890, The Arizona Republic continues to be Arizona’s most trusted and most read newspaper. Learn more about Republic Media at http://www.republicmedia.com.

About Best Companies Group
Best Companies Group (BCG) is a national research firm that specializes in identifying great places to work. Using state-of-the art surveys and technology, BCG conducts programs on national, statewide, regional, and industry stages. BCG is not affiliated with BestCompaniesAZ, LLC.

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