To participate, first sign up and take a survey, which asks current employees about everything from benefits and compensation to culture and extra perks. (We can’t even tell you how popular ping-pong tables and kegerators have become.) Then, the Best Companies Group crunches the numbers and ranks employers as a whole group and by size of company. “Every year, we hear from employers that this is a key recruiting tool and from employees that they use this list to find the best jobs,” says Outside articles editor Jonah Ogles.
It’s not just outdoor brands that apply, either. Previous lists have included companies in marketing, construction, education, manufacturing, and health and wellness industries.
Anyone who thinks their job is the best should hurry, though—the deadline to apply is June 15, 2018.