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April 19, 2019

These are the Best Places to Work in the Bay Area

By 
Julia Cooper

Meet the Best Places to Work in the Bay Area for 2019. This annual ranking produced by the San Francisco Business Times and Silicon Valley Business Journal shines the spotlight on 130 local companies whose employees rate them as exceptional.

What makes the Best Places to Work award so distinguished is that each company’s employees exclusively determine the winners. Thousands of Bay Area workers were asked to complete an assessment that measures their company on such values as trust in leadership, collaborative culture, personal engagement and satisfaction of individual needs through great benefits and perks.

Our research partner Quantum Workplace reviews the questionnaires and generates scores for each company. The rankings are numeric based on Quantum’s scoring process. We break out the companies in five different employer size categories, based on the number of Bay Area employees: Largest (More than 1,000 Bay Area employees), Large (250-999), Midsize (100-249), Small (50-99) and Smallest (25-49).

The list includes companies that have employees in 12 counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano and Sonoma. This year’s winners survived a nomination pool of 480 applicants. Altogether, the 130 companies count 58,000 workers throughout the region. Forty new companies debut in this year’s ranking.

Honorees were celebrated at an awards event Thursday night at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square.

Congratulations to this years Best Places to Work winners!

No. 8, Midsize Companies: Periscope Data

Score: 93.47

Business type: Analytics platform

Top Bay Area executive: Harry Glaser, CEO

Examples of programs or actions implemented to make company a Best Place to Work for employees: We're always listening to employees and implementing their feedback to improve our culture. Surveys of our employees have led to changes that have made us more transparent, restructured our company meetings, shifted the way we reward our workers, and driven more cross-team collaboration.

Pictured: Periscope Data gets together regularly outside the office for trivia nights, company off-site trips and team-building events like this Angel Island trip in the summer of 2018.

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