It was a full house Thursday night at the City National Grove of Anaheim, where hundreds of employees and their bosses gathered to fete Orange County’s Top Workplaces.
The 11th annual program honored 140 local companies and organizations.
The large company winner was Experian in Costa Mesa. The midsize winner was Moulton Niguel Water District, followed by the small company winner, SetSchedule of Irvine.
The event’s keynote speaker was Shola Richards, an author known for his kindness and moniker “Brother Teresa,” a nod to the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Roman Catholic nun and missionary.
“If you want to go fast, go alone,” he said. “But if you want to go far, go together.”
The annual program celebrates Orange County companies, organizations, and nonprofits that embrace an inclusive workplace culture that elevates each employee.
Starting in June, the Register nominations from firms and organizations, as long as they had at least 35 employees in the county. Participants could be public, private, nonprofit or governmental.
Survey partner Energage of Philadelphia invited 1,274 employers in the county to take the free employee survey. In all, 196 organizations employing 40,564 people in the county agreed to participate. Of those employees who received questionnaires, 24,187 responded, either on paper or online.
The Top Workplaces 2018 list of winners includes 15 large companies (those with 500 or more employees in the county), 45 medium-sized companies or organizations (100-499 workers) and 80 small businesses (35-99 employees).
Large company winners
1. Experian North America
2. HomeSmart Evergreen Realty
3. New American Funding
4. Optima Tax Relief
5. Panda Restaurant Group
6. Rosendin Electric, Inc.
7. MemorialCare Orange Coast Medical Center
8. BEHRProcess Corp.
9. American Advisors Group
10. Fullerton School District
11. MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center
12. MemorialCare Shared Services
13. Silverado Senior Living
14. Placentia-Yorba Linda USD
15. MemorialCare Medical Group