Apply Now for the 2016 Top
Company Cultures List

Entrepreneur and CultureIQ are looking for companies that strive to be their very best by encouraging employees to take their career to the next level, fostering innovation, surpassing expectations and getting results.

For those companies that instill a high-performance culture in their workplace, the Top Company Culture list celebrates you. Apply to be considered for our 2016 Top Company Cultures list, which will be featured on, the largest entrepreneur community of its kind.

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How It Works

Create, or sign in to, your Entrepreneur account

Use the CultureIQ survey to collect employee feedback

Receive your free CultureIQ Overview Report

Check to see if your company is featured

Easy and Free

The survey includes 21 multiple-choice questions and takes 3-5 minutes to complete.

There is no fee to participate for an unlimited number of employees

Top results are published and featured on


  • At least 25 employees
  • Founded before Jan. 1, 2015
  • Headquartered in the United States (only U.S.-based employees will be surveyed)
  • Primary contact must use the company's email address to sign up
  • Franchises should only count and survey their corporate employees

Complimentary Overview of Results

Receive a free overview of your results with scores for the 10 qualities of high-performance cultures and the overall CultureIQ score. Companies that receive the highest CultureIQ scores will be featured in the Top Company Cultures list to be published on You also have the opportunity to upgrade to receive your detailed survey results.

Complimentary Overview Report


Who should begin the application for the Top Company Cultures list?

For the Top Company Cultures list, we just need one point of contact, often a human resources employee or whoever manages company culture, to apply and act as an administrator for the survey. Your primary contact must use the company’s email address to sign up. This person must have permission to provide employee email addresses and access survey data. To protect your data, we reserve the right to disqualify companies if they do not provide an internal contact.

Someone (such as a PR representative) can complete the registration form on behalf of the internal contact, but all future steps must be completed by the internal contact.

If your company meets the criteria, all U.S. employees will have the opportunity to participate in the survey that measures your company's culture.

Who qualifies for participation?

Your company must been incorporated before Jan. 1, 2015 and have at least 25 U.S. employees to participate. Your company must also be headquartered in the United States (if you are a global company, we will only survey your U.S. employees).

Not all participating companies will be included in the ranking. Entrepreneur and CultureIQ® will determine the ranking based on employee responses to the survey.

My company is a franchise, who should I survey?

Franchises should only count and survey their corporate U.S. employees.

What if I have questions?

We are here to help! Please email and someone will be in touch with you shortly.

How much does it cost?

Participation in the Top Company Cultures list is completely free! All participants who qualify receive a complimentary overview of your scores, which includes your employee Net Promoter Score, overall CultureIQ score, and strength scores for the 10 culture qualities.

Companies do have the option to upgrade their experience to unlock additional features, but in no way will this affect your ranking. Email if you have questions about the upgrade options.

How long will it take me to apply?

The application and setup is straightforward and should take no longer than 10 minutes. The application consists of a few basic questions about your company (industry, size, etc.), and the setup involves registering for the ranking and configuring your employee survey. We will be in touch throughout the process to keep you updated on any remaining steps.

Can I cancel my application?

You can cancel your application at any point in the process. Please contact us here to do so. Remember, we will not send the survey to employees until you confirm your survey.

Can I edit my application once I submit?

The main point of contact can edit the application from your participant dashboard up until noon of the selected survey start date.

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Is the survey anonymous?

It sure is! We take anonymity very seriously, and we never share identifying information about individual employees. Please read our anonymity policy for more information.

How long is the survey?

The survey is 21 multiple choice questions and one open response question, and it should take between three to five minutes to complete. Each question has an optional comment box. There is also the opportunity to add optional demographic questions.

Can I see the survey before it gets sent to employees?

You will be able to preview the survey before it is sent to employees in your participant dashboard once you complete the registration process. Your participant dashboard is where you will configure the survey to fit your company’s needs.

Can I customize the survey for my company?

In order to compare scores fairly across all participating companies, the 21 questions of the survey cannot be edited or removed. You have the opportunity to include optional demographic questions in your survey.

How do employees take the survey?

Employees will receive the survey through email coming from Please add this email to your safe sender list to prevent it from ending up in spam folders. They can complete their survey on a desktop, tablet or mobile device.

The link provided to each employee in the survey emails is a unique link that can only be used once. This ensures that employees cannot take the survey twice.

What do you do with employee email addresses?

Employee email addresses are only used to deliver the survey and track response rates. We respect employee inboxes and privacy. Employees are not required to register for an account of any kind, and we will only send them the survey and reminder emails.

Where do survey emails come from?

The survey emails come from Please clear this email with your IT department to ensure that survey emails do not get blocked by spam filters.

Does the survey work on any browser?

The survey works on Internet Explorer 9 and above, and the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox and Safari.


What is the deadline?

We will be accepting applications until the start of the final survey window, Sept. 5, 2016 at 12pm.

When will the list be published?

The Top Company Cultures list will be published mid-December on and in the print magazine. You will be notified if your company makes the list prior to publication.

How do you measure culture?

We measure 10 qualities that are common to high-performance organizations. We define a high-performance organization as one that achieves better financial and non-financial results than those of its peers over a long period of time. Non-financial results include employee engagement, retention, and talent acquisition. For more information, read about our methodology here.

How is the survey data used?

The survey will be used to determine the Top Company Cultures list, which will be published on It will also be used for related content and benchmarking. Your employee information is confidential.

How is the ranking determined?

The Top Company Cultures list will be determined by employee responses to the CultureIQ® Survey. The CultureIQ Survey measures qualities common to a high-performance company.

If my company doesn’t qualify for the list, do I still get insight about my company's culture?

Yes, even if your company does not qualify for the Top Company Cultures list you will still receive your overall CultureIQ score, your employee Net Promoter Score, and the 10 quality scores. You will have the option to upgrade to receive a more detailed report, employee comments, and optional access to the CultureIQ culture engagement platform.

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