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Top Companies to Work for in Arizona

July 2, 2013

Creating a stronger economic engine for Arizona by recognizing  successful companies.

by Paula Hubbs Cohen Originally published in the June 23, 2013 AZ Republic Top Companies.

Working in close collaboration, CareerBuilder, Republic Media and BestCompaniesAZ have produced the first annual 2013 CareerBuilder’s Top Companies to Work for in Arizona program. The only statewide program of its kind, this initiative has been designed to identify companies that have achieved top rankings in employer practices as well as employee engagement and satisfaction scores.

“Our goal is to ignite the power of collaboration and to recognize organizations that are creating quality jobs and work environments that make Arizona a better place for our workforce,” said Ryan Mote, director of recruitment advertising for CareerBuilder and Republic Media.
“This program is providing us with new benchmarks for employers relating to their human resources practices and benefits that are attracting and retaining talent in today’s market.”

Background

Approximately six years ago, Republic Media was searching for a partner to help evaluate

top companies in Arizona dedicated to women’s leadership initiatives. Born out of that research was AZ Magazine’s Top 25 Workplaces for Women.

“Since that time, the goal has been to grow the program to a statewide level and broaden the scope to include all companies,” said Cami Kaiser, general manager of Republic Media Custom Publishing and Magazines. “As we evolved to Top Companies to Work for in Arizona, we stayed true to our roots by folding in a category identifying 10 companies that exemplify strong initiatives to grow women leaders in their organization.” See page 19.

Important partnerships

To produce Top Companies to Work for in Arizona, CareerBuilder, which is published by The Arizona Republic, partnered
with BestCompaniesAZ, an Arizona- based consulting firm that specializes in identifying, developing and promoting best companies.

Kaiser noted that BestCompaniesAZ has been at the forefront of these types of programs for more than a decade. “In fact, BestCompaniesAZ introduced the first workplace award program to Phoenix in 2003 in partnership with the Great Place to Work Institute which is Fortune Magazine’s partner,” she said, adding that BestCompaniesAZ was integral to AZ Magazine’s Top 25 Workplaces for Women program. “Our two companies strongly believe that by identifying the companies that strengthen our local economies, we will be an integral force in promoting Arizona as a leading state in top jobs.”

In addition to partnering with BestCompaniesAZ, the program’s research and survey partner is Best Companies Group (BCG), 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.

Economic impact

As the competition for employees begins to intensify in 2013 and companies begin to ramp up hiring, being named one of the Top Companies will serve as a positive employer branding, recruitment and retention tool, said Denise Gredler, Founder and CEO of BestCompaniesAZ, LLC. “With award-winning companies becoming part of a movement to make Arizona a first-choice state in which to work, we are positively impacting our local economy and increasing the opportunities for Arizona employers to attract the high-quality talent that businesses need to succeed and to be a competitive force in the local, national and global marketplace,” Gredler said.

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