February 24, 2024
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Deadline extended: Take our Central Coast Best Places to Work survey


Update: Our Best Places to Work employee survey was originally scheduled to close on April 1. We have extended the deadline and will close the survey during the day on April 11.

Do you love where you work? Merely like it? Whatever the answer, the Pacific Coast Business Times wants to hear about it.

On May 27, the Business Times will publish its sixth annual Central Coast Best Places to Work special report. The centerpiece of that report will be ranked lists of the best places to work in Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, according to the employees of those workplaces. On June 23, we will honor the top-ranked workplaces with an event at the Santa Barbara Zoo.

The 2022 Best Places to Work survey is online here and will remain open until April 11. It’s a brief survey, consisting mostly of multiple-choice questions. The people who have taken it so far have spent an average of five and a half minutes on it. As of April 7, there were more than 1,000 responses.

After the survey closes on April 11, the staff of the Business Times will rank employers in both large and small workplaces, using three criteria: the average score on the employee survey; the percentage of people in each workplace who took the survey; and recognition by other reputable organizations with Best Places to Work rankings. The raw scores are then adjusted to a 100-point scale.

Last year’s Best Places to Work section is online here. The winner among large employers was CenCal Health in Santa Barbara, with a score of 95 out of 100. The top-ranked small employer was C.I. Partners Direct in Ventura, with a score of 94.

A few ground rules for the survey:

1. Central Coast Best Places To Work is for businesses and nonprofits in Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. Employers do not have to be owned or based in the region, but please only fill out the survey if your job is located in the Tri-Counties. If your job is fully remote, use the location of the company headquarters or the nearest office you would report to for an in-person staff meeting.

2. Employers are encouraged to forward the survey to their employees, but may not offer any incentive to fill it out. That includes entry into a raffle or any other compensation of any kind.

3. The Pacific Coast Business Times reserves the right to exclude surveys that are not complete.

4. The survey does ask for your name and contact information, so that we can confirm that each person only responds once. We also may reach out to you to talk to you in more detail about your workplace, if you’d like to be quoted in the special report. We will not disclose your name or your survey answers to your employer or anyone else, and we will not cite your answers by name without contacting you first.

Thanks, and tell us about your workplace here!