Great Place to Work® is the global authority on building, sustaining and recognizing high-trust, high-performing workplace cultures. We have crafted our perspective by learning from great leaders, surveying millions of employees, and examining thousands of the best workplaces around the globe. We serve businesses, non-profits, and government agencies in more than 60 countries, across all six continents. We thrive on sharing the insights we’ve gleaned from our work with companies of all industries and sizes, in order to help organizations around the world, build, sustain and scale their great culture.
Great Place to Work® Institute has conducted pioneering research on the characteristics of great workplaces for over 30 years. We believe all organizations can become great workplaces, and our mission is to help them succeed. Great Place to Work® Institute partners more than 8000 organizations every year around the world to help create and sustain a High-Trust, High-Performance Culture™.
In the Middle East, Great Place to Work® produces the annual lists of the best workplaces in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Qatar. We also produce a regional best workplaces list, which includes Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman. And we produce topical lists such as the best workplaces for millennials, women and nationals. Our Certification Program (link to certification page) allows companies to be automatically considered for all our Best Workplaces list competitions.
A Legacy of Three Decades
Great Place to Work® began with an unexpected discovery. In 1981 a New York editor asked two business journalists – Robert Levering and Milton Moskowitz – to write a book called ‘The 100 Best Companies to Work for in America’. Though the pair were skeptical of finding 100 companies that would qualify, they agreed, starting a journey that would lead to more than 30 years of researching, recognizing, and building great workplaces.
What was the core insight uncovered by the pair’s extensive research? It was that the key to creating a great workplace was not a prescriptive set of employee benefits, programs, and practices, but the building of high-quality relationships in the workplace — relationships characterized by trust, pride, and camaraderie. These relationships weren’t a “soft” activity, but key drivers that help improve an organization’s business performance. The role of trust in the workplace became core not only for that first, pioneering 1984 book, but its 1988 sequel, A Great Place to Work: What makes some employers so good – and most so bad.
These insights led to the founding of Great Place to Work® Institute. Business leaders around the world adopted the Institute’s models and methodology as a valuable way to measure and create great workplaces. In 1997, FORTUNE (in the United States) partnered with the Institute’s research arm to produce the world’s first 100 Best Companies to Work For workplace rankings. Great Place to Work® gradually opened doors in more than 60 countries around the world with more growth slated in the coming years.
Today, Great Place to Work® Institute partners with many of the most successful and innovative businesses around the world to create, study, and recognize great workplaces. During the course of a typical year, Great Place to Work works with more than 8,000 organizations, representing over 10 million employees. These partnerships continually build our unique expertise, including our multi-industry workplace culture benchmarking and best practice databases. Our premiere Best Workplaces lists are published or distributed by market-leading news media around the world, to an audience of more than 25 million readers. The combination of this direct advisory work and media coverage is all core to how we create a better society by helping companies transform their workplaces.