How the Best Companies Were Selected
The "Best Book Publishing Companies to Work For" is a project conducted by Book Business in conjunction with the Best Companies Group, an independent research firm that specializes in finding and recognizing great places to work. The study was free and open to all public and privately held organizations, either for-profit or nonprofit. To be eligible, companies had to be book publishing companies that have been in business for at least one year and are based in the United States, with a minimum of 15 employees.
The Best Companies Group managed the online-registration process, conducted the surveys, evaluated the data and determined the final list of 10 companies. Part one of the assessment (75 percent of each company's score) involved a confidential, 66-question employee-satisfaction survey, examining the employees' workplace experience and company culture. Part two (25 percent of the score) included an employer questionnaire about each company's benefits, corporate policies and other general information.
Each participating company received a free report highlighting data points that reflect the employees' experience at their workplace in eight categories of engagement: Leadership and Planning, Corporate Culture and Communications, Role Satisfaction, Work Environment, Relationship with Supervisor, Training and Development, Pay and Benefits, and Overall Engagement.
To participate in the "2009 Best Book Publishing Companies to Work For," go to www.BestBookCompanies.com, where you can also find more information about the study and view sample questionnaires.