This is the 13th year The Register has partnered with Philadelphia-based Energage to determine Orange County’s Top Workplaces. The results are based solely on a scientific employee survey process.

Starting in June, The Register welcomed anyone to nominate companies as Top Workplaces. Energage also reached out to companies. Any employer was eligible, as long as it had at least 35 employees in the county. Employers could be public, private, nonprofit, or governmental. There is no cost to enter the Top Workplaces program.

For this year, 151 employers agreed to take the survey. Combined, they employ 54,487 people in Orange County. Of the 28,177 employees who received questionnaires, 18,170 responded, either on paper or online.

For this year’s winners list, 105 Orange County employers earned recognition as Top Workplaces based on employee feedback.

Employers are ranked among groups of similar size to most accurately compare results. Within those size groupings, companies are ranked, and those that score high enough are recognized as Top Workplaces. Energage also determines special award winners based on standout scores on specific survey topics.

If you wonder why a particular company is not on the list, it might be because it chose not to participate in the survey, or because it did not score well enough in the survey process. Sometimes, Energage disqualifies employers based on questionable results detected through statistical tests it runs to ensure organizations are accurately administering the survey.

To participate in the 2021 program, go to


By Kelley Wheeler

Kelley Wheeler is a Metro reporter covering political issues and general assignments. A second-generation journalist, worked with all major news outlet, she holds a vast expeirience. Kelley is a graduate of USC with degrees in journalism and English literature. She is a recipient of Yale’s Poynter Fellowship in Journalism.

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