2018 Program Timeline


Now - March 16, 2018

Program promotion and awareness campaign.

March 16, 2018

Participation registration deadline.  A welcome email with attached instructions will be sent to the primary contact within the next business day.  The primary contact will be emailed an invoice (for paper surveys, alternate languages - if applicable - and purchased reports only) within 15 days.  Payment is due within 30 days.

Registered companies choosing to withdraw from the process (by contacting a Best Companies Group representative) may do so by this date without incurring a withdrawal fee.

March 21, 2018

A Web link for the Email Upload Portal is emailed to the primary contact to upload employee email address for survey distribution.  The deadline to upload the file containing the email addresses is March 23, 2018. Companies that need access codes will also request them via this portal (online option only).

Deadline to submit the Employee Eligibility Checklist (paper option only).

Deadline to submit all employee survey customization requests (optional).
Deadline to submit alternate language requests (if applicable).
Deadline to request surveying additional employees (beyond the random sample or outside of Orange County).

March 23, 2018

A Web link for the Best Companies Group (BCG) Employer Benefits & Policies Questionnaire (EQ) will be emailed to the primary contact at each of the registered companies.

March 23, 2018

Deadline to submit your company’s list of employee email addresses to BCG via the Email Upload Portal.  This is also the deadline to request any access codes for employees without an email address (online option only).

March 30, 2018

Paper version of the BCG employee survey and postage-paid return envelopes are mailed UPS to the primary contact at participating companies for distribution (paper option only).

April 6, 2018

Completed Employer Questionnaire (EQ) is due. The EQ must be completed in order to be considered for the list.

April 13, 2018

Online employee survey invitations are sent via email (online option only).                      

April 18, 2018 Deadline for all paper employee surveys (paper option only).    
April 27, 2018

Deadline for all online employee surveys (online option only).

June 2018

Best Companies Group prepares and issues congratulatory or non-winner emails to all participants.

July 2018

The BCG Employee Feedback Reports (if purchased) are sent electronically to participating companies. The second part of the Employee Feedback Report, the benchmark reports, are sent out after the July publication date.

July 23, 2018

Publication date for the "Best Places to Work in Orange County."


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