To arrive at our annual ranking of the Best Places to Work in New York City Crain's partnered with Best Companies Group, an independent research firm that dispatched surveys to more than 26,800 employees in New York City. To be eligible, businesses had to employ 25 or more workers within the five boroughs. Scores from employees, who answered a confidential 87-question poll, were combined with scores from a 92-question survey for employers. Questions focused on everything from telecommuting policies to opportunities for advancement. Results from the employee surveys made up 75% of the total score, and from the employer questionnaire, 25%. Although they hail from diverse fields—including technology, law, construction and real estate—the 100 winners have at least one thing in common: a profound commitment to their workers' happiness. And many are sparing no expense to achieve that goal, treating their employees to a cornucopia of benefits and perks, including generous health care coverage, telecommuting options, tuition assistance and a daily menu of healthy snacks. They're also providing lots of opportunities to de-stress at the office—fitness classes, massages and arcade games—and off-site, with such perks as unlimited vacation.
Beyond those niceties, these companies have gone the distance in creating an atmosphere of collegiality, collaboration and caring, whether assigning a mentor to ease each new hire's transition into the fold, offering paid time off for volunteer work, empowering employees to turn their ideas into projects or hosting company getaways in scenic destinations. Unless otherwise noted, all figures are as of July 2015. Health care premiums represent the portion of the individual employee's premiums paid by the company. Average salaries are those of exempt workers. The abbreviation n/d indicates information that the company did not disclose.