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Best Companies to Work For Application


Completion of the Best Companies to Work For application gets your company's information to our editors for consideration and judging for ranking as a best place to work. 

To qualify, your company must be headquartered in one of the following counties: Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Green, Iowa, Jefferson, Rock, Sauk.

Municipalities and other government agencies are not eligible.

Note: Points will be assigned by the IB edit team based on internal scoring formula. Results will be slightly weighted towards smaller companies. Check the appropriate boxes or enter data in fields; answers to all categories are required for consideration. 

Winners will be featured in the October 2017 issue of IB.

Applications are due by Aug. 15, 2017. Please email Editorial Director Joe Vanden Plas with any questions at joe@ibmadison.com.

Please fill out the following questionnaire:
Company Name
ZIP Code
Phone Number
Web Site
Chief  Executive
Full Name

# of Full-Time Employees in Wisconsin

# of Part-Time Employees in Wisconsin

# of Full-Time Employees in Dane County

# of Part-Time Employees in Dane County


Health insurance

Offers full-time employee health insurance

Check all that apply:
Deductible in the $0 to $250 range
Deductible in the $251 to $500 range
Deductible in the $501 to $1,000 range
Deductible of $1,000 or more

Of these plans, what is the highest percentage (%) paid by company

Family coverage provided

Offers domestic partner benefits

Offers flex plan for medical spending

Offers health savings accounts

Offers supplemental insurance not covered by major medical

Dental insurance

Dental insurance provided (two annual cleanings)

Coverage includes orthodontics

Percentage (%) paid by company

Coverage for restorative services

Family coverage provided

Vision insurance

Vision insurance provided

% paid by company

Family coverage provided


Formal written plan for willing employees

Plan promotes regular exercise (subsidized health club/gym memberships)

Plan includes health education (lunch and learns, nutritional counseling, etc.)

Company invests in ergonomic office furniture

Company conducts periodic workplace satisfaction surveys

Offers annual flu shots (family coverage)

Offers annual flu shots (100% employee coverage)

List other incentives for healthy behaviors:

Diversity & Inclusion

Has dedicated staff in charge of diversity & inclusion

Has established workforce demographic goals

Recruiting efforts take diversity into account

Has a supplier diversity program to support minority-owned businesses

Has established employee resource groups, which are organized groups of employees open to specific minorities and their allies where they can discuss workplace issues specific to them

Retirement benefits

Provides 401(k) or similar plan

If so, describe employer's matching contribution (choose one):

Vesting (choose one):

Still offers company pension plan

Offers ownership (stock) options

Child care

Flex plan (reimbursement account)


On-site care

Is Family Medical Leave Act coverage both continuous and intermittent?

Must PTO be used before unpaid time is available? Choose one.

Offers at least some paid maternity leave

Offers at least some paid paternity leave

Life insurance

Offers coverage at no cost to employees

Offers coverage with employee contributions

Living wage

  Percentage (%) of employees receiving city living wage ($12.85 for 2017)

Work-life balance

Offers paid time off (vacation, sick days, and personal time combined into one annual allotment)

If offered separately:
Number of annual vacation days offered to new hires:
Number of annual sick days offered to new hires:
Number of annual days for personal time offered to new hires:

Provides job-sharing opportunities

Provides telecommuting opportunities

Flex time offered

If hourly role, is overtime available? Choose one:

If hourly role, is overtime mandatory? Choose one:

Profit sharing

Offers a bonus plan other than retirement plan with employer contribution


Reimburses for mileage accrued in commission of work

Subsidizes mass transit

Is sufficient parking available on-site?

If not, does company subsidize parking costs? Choose one:

Disability insurance

Covers 100% of long-term coverage

Covers 50% of short-term coverage

Community investment

Percentage (%) of annual revenue given to charity-community services in Dane County (cash or in-kind services)

Paid time off to support local charity or nonprofit

Professional Growth

Provides tuition reimbursement for approved courses

Provides outside paid training, including management training, to employees

Conducts annual performance reviews

Provides opportunities for career advancement

Each employee has a written and updated job description with clear expectations


What was the company's annual turnover rate in 2014? Choose one:

Does the company cover relocation expenses? Choose one:


List any additional benefits/perks not referenced above:

I certify that the information submitted is accurate:
Full Name


Phone Number


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