To identify the top 100 workplaces, Best Companies Group, an independent workplace excellence research firm, conducted a two-part survey. Part one was an employer questionnaire, which gathered information about benefits, policies, practices and other general information. Part two was a confidential 78-question employee survey used to evaluate local employees’ workplace experience and culture. BCG collected data from the companies in October. The Best Places program was open to all organizations with at least 25 employees, for-profit and not-for-profit.