How to Apply to Be Named a Great Place to Work

Carfax, a 2019 Great Places to Work winner, has a work-hard/play-hard culture that includes allowing dogs in the office. Photograph by Dan Chung.

Love the place you spend every 9 to 5? Think it could be one of the 50 best places to work in Washington?

In May, Washingtonian published its 2019 list of the area’s Great Places to Work. The magazine does this feature every other year; the next list will be published in early 2021.

The Great Places to Work contest is open to any company or nonprofit as long as it has an office in the greater Washington area. There is no cost to participate. Companies must have at least ten full-time employees in the Washington area to be considered.

If you would like to have your name added to a mailing list to automatically receive the next Great Places to Work application when it is available, email executive editor Sherri Dalphonse at

The next Great Places to Work application will be released in late summer 2020. Any company that wishes to be considered must fill out an application. While the next application will not be ready until summer 2020, those interested in seeing a sample Great Places to Work application can click here. (This was the 2019 application; the 2021 application will change slightly, but most of the questions should remain the same.)

The Great Places to Work process has two steps: Once the main application is filled out, each company then must distribute a shorter survey to a sampling of its employees. You can also click here to see a sample Great Places to Work employee survey.

Executive Editor

Sherri Dalphonse joined Washingtonian in 1986. She is the editor in charge of such consumer topics as travel, fitness, health, finance, and beauty, as well as the editor who handles such cover stories as Great Places to Work, Best of Washington, Day Trips, Hidden Gems, Bikes and Hikes, Fairs and Festivals, Great Small Towns, and the Washington Bucket List. She lives in Arlington.