2017 Honorees:

click each Top Place to Work category Employer to view video presentation of their award

   Large Employer:   Absher Construction       Mid-size Employer:   KMB architects

Non-profit Employer:   Better Business Bureau Northwest

Appreciation category:   The Doty Group

Equity category:   Auburn Volkswagen

Gratification category:   Panagiotu Pension Advisors, Inc.

Integrity & Solidarity category:   Puyallup Valley Dental Care Clinic

Finalists:  Columbia Bank   Evergreen Eye Center   SPS Habitat for Humanity

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Nominees are evaluated in five categories: 

  • Appreciation
    Employees are consulted on relevant decisions
    Professional development is supported
    Personal lives are respected

  • Equity 
    Rewards are distributed with fairness
    Promotions and hiring are based on ability and qualifications
    There is a process for appeals   Discrimination is intolerable

  • Gratification
    Employees are proud of: personal contributions, team contributions, organization's products and reputation.

  • Integrity
    Company vision is communicated and consistent with employee responsibilities
    Employees are provided with resources and tools needed to be successful and complete tasks
    Communication is open and accessible

  • Solidarity 
    Fosters a socially welcoming work culture
    Sense of team or family
    Ability to be genuine and authentic as individuals

Top honors are given to companies that exhibit high rankings in all five judging categories:

  • Overall  Small- or Mid-sized Private Employer   &   Large Private Employer

  • Non-profit category


  • Organization must be headquartered in the South Sound (Pierce, Thurston, Mason or Lewis Counties, or South King County)

  • Organization must be at least five years old

  • Organization must complete the application process

  • 30% of the nominee's South Sound workforce must submit an employee opinion survey evaluating their workplace culture


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