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Welcome to The Washingtonian magazine's Great Places to Work survey. As one of our participants, your company or organization may be identified as a top employer in the Washington area.

The Washingtonian's Great Places to Work article, to be published in November 2013, will select employers that offer the most generous pay and benefits, that offer interesting and challenging work, and that take care of and empower employees.

If you would like your workplace to be considered, please fill out this online survey by 11:59 pm, April 12.

You do not have to fill out this application at one sitting—although we encourage you to do so. (We suggest downloading the survey, through one of the links below, filling it out offline, then entering the information in the online survey in one sitting—this method has resulted in the fewest problems.) If you do choose to quit the program in the middle of filling out the survey, you will automatically be returned to the spot where you left off when you click on the link again. All your work will be saved, and answers will not be submitted until you hit "DONE" on the last page. You do, however, need to use the same computer to pick up where you left off, and you need to allow a cookie to be placed on your computer—otherwise, when you return to the survey, pages will be blank. If you are halfway through a page, please click the "NEXT" button at the bottom of that page to save any answers you have completed; otherwise, the last saved page will be the previous one.

This survey contains five sections: background information, benefits offered, company culture, company growth, and working in Washington. Text boxes allow for unlimited text, and you can skip a question for later and still move through the survey.

The only information you must fill out before moving on to the next page is the contact information below. If, after filling out your contact information, your organization decides to not submit this application, please skip to the last page and check the answer "we have chosen to not participate."

If you would like to preview the survey before entering your information online, click here to download a PDF version or here to download a Microsoft Word version. But you still need to complete and submit the online version.

If you have any technical questions while filling out this survey, please contact Paul Chernoff at or 202-296-3600 x3504. If you have any questions about the Great Places to Work article, contact Sherri Dalphonse at or 202-296-3600 x3508.

Once we have reviewed this application, the next step will be for The Washingtonian to survey a sampling of your employees. Within two weeks of receiving your completed questionnaire, we will email information on disseminating a different online survey we have designed for employees.

We do not share answers from the employee survey with employers, because we promise anonymity to employees. We will share some baseline data about how your employee responses compared to similar organizations, and winners will receive a fuller analysis. We also offer to all participants a detailed report, for a fee, prepared by an outside consultant. It's voluntary whether to purchase the longer report. When the article is done in the fall, we can provide details of the report process.

Thank you for your time and interest.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION (all information required)