What is the Best Places to Work in Manufacturing program?

The Best Places to Work in Manufacturing program is a survey competition to determine which participants are the best employers. The process is managed by Best Companies Group (BCG) and winners are published by the South Carolina Manufacturing Conference and Expo.

What is Best Companies Group (BCG)?

Best Companies Group is an independent research firm specializing in identifying and recognizing great places to work. BCG manages programs worldwide, including the US, Canada, and the UK.

Why Participate?

By participating, you can find out if you are one of the industry’s best employers! It can also result in significant organizational benefits such as

  • Heightened Company Pride: If your company appears on the list, it could improve employee morale and retention

  • Public Relations and Marketing Advantage: Organizations can use the distinction to enhance recruiting efforts, increase the value of general marketing and improve reputations.

  • The BCG EnGuage Dashboard: Access to your organization’s data on our interactive online dashboard. Included as part of your participation in the program.

Who Can Participate?

  • Be a publicly or privately held business
  • Eligible applicants must be companies actively engaged in the manufacturing
    industry, possess an operational manufacturing function within their business
    structure, or be vendors/brands that provide essential services, technologies, or
    products to the manufacturing sector, seeking to be recognized through this
  • Be a for-profit, not-for-profit business or government entity
  • Have a minimum of 10 full-time or part-time employees working in the United States/Canada
  • Must be in business a minimum of one year

What Does It Cost?

# of Employees

Employees Surveyed

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Up to 250*








*Employees are randomly selected

Assessment Description

The process includes two surveys to gather detailed data about each participating company. BCG conducts the surveys, analyzes the data and determines the winners and rankings.

  • Part I – Employer Questionnaire (EQ): The employer (main company contact) will complete this survey, detailing company policies, practices, benefits and demographics. The employer will be asked to complete the EQ online.

  • Part II – Employee Engagement & Satisfaction Survey (EESS): The employee survey is an in-depth set of statements (77) that employees will be asked to respond to on a 1-5 Likert scale of “Strongly Disagree” to “Strongly Agree”. This section of the survey will also include two (2) open-ended questions, and seven (7) demographic questions. Email and internet technology need to be available for use by employees.

Announcing & Recognizing the Winners!

The contact at each company is notified of their status prior to the release of the winner rankings. Non-winning organizations are not publicly revealed.

For more information or to register, please visit or contact the Business Partner, Madelyne Barroso, at