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Top Company Cultures | 2018

Apply Now for the 2018 Top Company Cultures List

Entrepreneur and Energage (formerly WorkplaceDynamics) are looking for companies that strive to be their best by encouraging employees to take their career to the next level, foster innovation, surpass expectations and get results.

For those companies that instill a high-performance culture in their workplace, the Top Company Cultures list wants to celebrate you.

Apply to be considered for our 2018 Top Company Cultures list, which will be featured in Entrepreneur magazine and on, the largest entrepreneur community of its kind.

Last day to apply to the list was April 20.

How it Works

  • Create or sign into your Entrepreneur account
  • Submit the preliminary application
  • Use the Energage survey to collect employee feedback
  • Receive your Energage Survey Snapshot
  • Check Entrepreneur this fall to see if your company made the list

It is Easy and Free


The survey consists of 24 statements, along with a few open-ended questions. It takes about 5-8 minutes


No fee to participate, no matter how many employees you have


Receive a Survey Snapshot to see the health of your organization


Top results are featured on and in Entrepreneur magazine


  • Company must have at least 35 employees (employees are defined by those who work more than 16 hours)
  • Company must be founder led (at least 10% ownership of company)
  • Company must be headquartered in the U.S. (only U.S.-based employees will be surveyed)
  • Company must be founded before Feb. 2016
  • Franchises should only count and survey their corporate employees
  • Company email addresses only (i.e.
  • Sorry, no nonprofits

Complimentary Overview of Results

Receive a free overview of your results. Called the Survey Snapshot, the report provides a summary of your organization’s health, including highlights of your high-performance culture, your overall score and insights into improvements. Companies that receive the highest Energage score will be featured in the Top Company Cultures list to be published on and in Entrepreneur magazine. You will also have the opportunity to upgrade to receive a deeper dive into your results.


What are the benefits of participating in the Top Company Cultures list?

Your company will be recognized in an issue of of Entrepreneur magazine and on Also, becoming a Top Company Culture company is a great way to attract and retain the best talent. And by receiving candid feedback from your employees you can assess what you are doing right, along with opportunities to improve. Your company can use the Top Company Cultures logo on company materials and websites to help spread the word about your work environment and brag about your amazing culture.

Who should begin the application for the Top Company Cultures list?

If your company meets the minimum criteria and is accepted, we just need one point of contact, often a human resources employee or whoever manages company culture, to apply and act as an administrator for the survey. A trained account representative from Energage will be assigned to guide you through the process, and will set you up with a login and password to access their secure site where you will be able to carry out the following requirements:

  • Agree to the participation terms.
  • Provide us with the number of paper surveys you require (if any) and the email addresses of employees. All information collected is kept confidential and NEVER shared or sold - see participation terms.
  • We recommend that you send us a list of departments.
  • We recommend that prior to the start of the survey you circulate a communication to employees to let them know about the program. (We provide a template for this)
  • If you require paper surveys, we will send the paper surveys to one point of contact. We ask you to distribute these to the required employees.
  • We recommend that you complete a short Company Questionnaire to help with your company profile for the publication and website should you be named to the list.

Employee Eligibility Guidelines

Workers invited to take the survey should:

  • Be compensated for their work
  • Be exclusive to that workplace
  • Spend more than 16 hours per week at the workplace if part-time
  • Need a work email (no Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, etc.)

Please contact Energage at if you have any questions about who should or should not be invited to take the survey.

Who qualifies for participation?

Your company must been founded before Feb. 1, 2016 and have at least 35 employees to participate. Your company must also be headquartered in the United States and founder led, meaning one of the original founders must have at least a 10% stake in the company. If you are a franchise, only count and survey your corporate employees. Nonprofits are excluded from the ranking. Not all participating companies will be included in the ranking. Energage will determine the ranking based on employee responses to the survey.

How much does it cost to participate?

It is free to participate, regardless of the number of employees.

Companies also have the opportunity to get a more in-depth look at their survey results by upgrading to a package. This is optional.

Lastly, companies that make the Top Company Cultures list may want to take advantage of advertising opportunities on or in Entrepreneur magazine. This is optional.

In previous years, the Top Company Cultures list only required 25 employees. Why did the minimum increase to 35?

We have a new research partner in 2018, Energage. Energage surveys thousands of companies annually and has extensive benchmarking data from their 24 question survey using 35 as the minimum employee count.

What if I have questions?

We are here to help! Please send an email with any question to

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How long will it take me to apply?

The application and setup is straightforward and should take no longer than 10 minutes. The application consists of a few basic questions about your company (industry, size, etc.), and the setup involves registering for the ranking and configuring your employee survey. We will be in touch throughout the process to keep you updated on any remaining steps.

Can I cancel my application?

You can cancel your application at any point in the process. Please contact us at to do so. Remember, we will not send the survey to employees until you confirm your survey.

Can I edit my application once I submit?

The main point of contact can edit the application from your participant dashboard up until a week before the selected survey start date.

Is the survey anonymous?

Yes, Energage takes confidentiality extremely seriously. Without confidentiality, this survey would not provide the candid feedback which makes the results so valuable. We only show survey results that are the aggregate of at least 5 employees. For certain results views we require 10 responders (to display the department associated with a comment) and 30 responders (to show a heatmap). Your company’s survey results are not shared with any third party.

How long is the survey?

The survey is 24 multiple choice questions, along with open-ended questions. It should take between 5-8 minutes to complete.

Can I see the survey before it gets sent to employees?

You will be able to preview the survey before it is sent to employees in your participant dashboard once you submit your application. This is where you will configure the survey to fit your company's needs.

Can I customize the survey for my company?

To maintain the ability to compare scores fairly across all participating companies, the 24 questions of the survey cannot be edited or removed. However, you have the opportunity to include custom and demographic questions if you upgrade your company's experience.

How do employees take the survey?

We provide access to an online survey. Employees will receive the survey through email. They can complete their survey on a desktop, tablet or mobile device. Each survey has a unique survey code which makes the process more robust as each employee only has access to one survey code and can therefore only complete the survey once.

What do you do with employee email addresses?

We respect employee inboxes and privacy. Employees are not required to register for an account of any kind, and we will only send them the survey and reminder emails.

Where do survey emails come from?

The survey emails come from Please clear this email with your IT department to ensure that survey emails do not get blocked by spam filters.

Does the survey work on any browser?

The survey works on Internet Explorer 9 and above, and the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox and Safari.

Is there a minimum response rate required?

A 35 percent response rate is required to be considered for Top Company Cultures designation. For organizations with less than 85 employees, 30 survey responses are required.

What is the deadline?

We will be accepting applications until April 20. This deadline is just for the initial application process, meaning you still have a few months to have your employees take the actual survey. The survey window closes on May 11.

When will the list be published?

The Top Company Cultures list will be published this fall on and in Entrepreneur magazine.

How is the survey data used?

The survey will be used to determine the Top Company Cultures list, which will be published on and in Entrepreneur magazine. It will also be used for related content and benchmarking. Your employee information is confidential. Energage also publishes this on our site. Here is an example.

If our company is not named to the Top Company Cultures list, will our company name ever appear anywhere stating that we participated?

No, we keep the names of participants confidential, between Energage and Entrepreneur Media.

How is the ranking determined?

The Top Company Cultures list will be determined by employee responses to the Energage Survey. The Energage Survey measures qualities common to a high-performance company.

Companies with the highest overall average scores (in comparison to like-size companies) are named Top Company Cultures. The overall average score includes responses to all statements on the survey and all statements on the survey are weighted equally.

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