Rancho Cordova is first-ever and only government agency on list

Great Place to Work has again named the City of Rancho Cordova as one of the best 25 small workplaces in the United States on its annual Best Small & Medium Workplaces list that was published in the September 18 FORTUNE magazine.

Ranked #21, this is the third consecutive year that the Rancho Cordova City government has received this prestigious honor. Competing against hundreds of companies across the country, Rancho Cordova participated in a rigorous selection process which included an employee survey and an in-depth questionnaire about benefits programs and company practices. Great Place to Work evaluated each application with a methodology based on credibility, respect, fairness, pride, and camaraderie.

“It’s a tremendous honor for our wonderful City to be nationally recognized as a great place to work, because it truly is. Serving the City Council and citizens of Rancho Cordova in collaboration with our many public and private partners facilitates a creative and innovative internal environment, which constantly energizes City staff to perform and produce results,” said Brian Nakamura, Rancho Cordova’s City Manager.

Rancho Cordova learned of its “3-peat” honor at the Great Place to Work Small and Medium Workplace Business conference in Washington, D.C. where Joe Chinn, the City’s Assistant City Manager, and Stacey Peterson, the City’s Chief People Officer, were asked to be presenters on “A Culture That Pays Doesn’t Have to Break the Bank” to share positive people practices that empower employees to innovate and work as a team toward better outcomes.

Great Place to Work has found that employees believe they work for great organizations when they consistently trust the people they work for, have pride in what they do, and enjoy the people they work with.

“The work of these companies is quite impressive,” said China Gorman, CEO of Great Place to Work. “They provide an example that others can look to, to see what kind of outstanding workplace is possible – regardless of size, industry, or other circumstances.”

“The City of Rancho Cordova strives for a workplace culture that produces high productivity and effective collaboration amongst staff and our community partners to make a broader impact in the City. Our positive results attract exceptional talent, produce high staff morale, and most importantly, has the team energized to meet the City Council’s and community’s expectations,” said Peterson.

The City of Rancho Cordova is a relatively young city, having incorporated in 2003. It has 69 City employees and approximately 90 contract staff members. The City Council and employees are proud that prudent management and efficient government have achieved a year-end budget surplus for the 11th year in a row. Located 12 miles east of the California State Capitol building, Rancho Cordova offers ethnic diversity for national and international businesses and more than 17 higher education institutions that supply a highly professional work force.

“We are delighted to be on this prestigious list for the third time,” said Rancho Cordova Mayor Dan Skoglund. “It reinforces that we are creating a great organization to better serve our citizens. We see the City team regularly go above and beyond in their work.”

Great Place to Work is the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. Through proprietary assessment tools, advisory services, and employer branding programs, including Best Companies lists and workplace reviews, Great Place to Work provides the benchmarks, framework, and expertise needed to create, sustain, and recognize outstanding workplace cultures. In the United States, Great Place to Work produces the annual FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For list and the Great Place to Work Best Small & Medium Workplaces list. For information about global operations at Great Place to Work, visit www.greatplacetowork.net.