Also: Best Places to work facts and figures and the employee survey
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Companies selected as Best Places to Work in the North Bay were analyzed by the editorial staff of the Business Journal on the basis of several criteria, including the employer application, the survey ratings by employees, the number of responses, size of the company, the breakdown of responses from management and non-management as well as written comments by employees.
In all, 121 companies were nominated, from which 55 winners emerged from Sonoma, Marin and Napa counties.
Winners and are grouped by size so that employee scores are comparable. The winners are then listed within their size categories by employee score.
Nominations for Best Places to Work in the North Bay were sought starting in April. Anyone within a company can nominate their business by completing a simple form. A minimum of 20 employees was required.
Nominated companies were then contacted by the Business Journal and invited to submit a company application and to ask employees to complete a brief online survey.
The survey was set up through Zoomerang, a widely used online polling service. Companies had about four weeks in late June and early July to complete the application and survey, for which a minimum number of responses was required, depending on company size.
After an analysis of the employer application and online responses, the winners were selected and formally announced Aug. 12.
---Brad Bollinger, Business Journal Editor in Chief
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Call for nominations: April 13
Deadline for nominations: May 16
Employee and company survey period: Early June to July
Winners selected, notified: Early August
Winners reception: September 30
Burr Pilger Mayer (formerly Andersen & Company)
Charter Oak Bank
First Community Bank
Heffernan Insurance Brokers
Redwood Credit Union
Valley Tire & Brake
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Responses (approx.): 4,500 5,000 3,800 3,400
Total nominations: 121 104 132 90
Winners: 55 57 43 24
Winner geographic distribution
Sonoma: 39 43 30 18
Marin: 12 11 11 4
Napa: 5 3 2 2
20 to 50: 25 26 21 12
51 to 100: 12 14 9 5
101 to 500: 17 15 9 5
More than 500: 1 2 4 2
Four-time winners: 10 na na na
Three-time winners: 14 13 na na