These are the Bay Area’s Top Workplaces of 2022

About 48 million people quit their jobs last year in search of better working conditions and pay in what experts have dubbed the Great Resignation. With nearly 4.4 million more people resigning in April, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the trend doesn’t appear to be slowing down.

But while millions of workers are rejecting jobs that don’t meet their standards, others have stayed put, praising their organizations for their meaningful work, responsive leadership and work-life balance that is actually balanced.

Those are among the traits that employees lauded at the winning companies in The San Francisco Chronicle’s Top Workplaces in the Bay Area competition. The contest honors the best workplaces in the Bay Area, as recognized by their employees. This is the 13th year Energage has surveyed Bay Area employees and its first year working with The San Francisco Chronicle.

“We are delighted to be part of the Top Workplaces program, which many other top publishers around the country deploy as a way to highlight companies that are doing things the right way in their communities,” said Chronicle Editor in Chief Emilio Garcia-Ruiz. “With the pandemic having completely altered the working life of most people, this is an especially important time to examine how employees feel about how they are being treated by their employers.”

Together with Energage, a Pennsylvania research company that has surveyed 2 million employees in 59 markets in the past year, The Chronicle polled 21,575 workers from 210 organizations across the region and tallied the results to name and rank the Top Workplaces in the Greater Bay Area.

This year, 126 companies — organized into small, midsize and large based on their number of regional employees — scored high enough to land on the Top Workplaces list.

Leading the list for large organizations are residential real estate company Sereno, biotech company 23andMe and investment management giant Charles Schwab & Co. Inc.

Among midsize workplaces, Dudum Real Estate Group, Legacy Real Estate & Associates and infrastructure software company Pensando Systems ranked as the top three.

Software developer and consultant Rune Labs, expense management app Expensify and grocery retail tech company Afresh won in the small-companies category.

Employees of participating organizations completed a 24-question survey about their compensation, opportunities for growth and company culture that asked how much they agreed or disagreed with statements such as “My pay is fair for the work I do” and “New ideas are encouraged at this company.”

Sixty-three of the 126 Top Workplaces made the list for the first time in 2022.

Energage also gave special awards for companies that received the highest employee ratings in certain topic areas. Midsize company BKF Engineers, headquartered in Redwood City, was recognized for having a good benefits package compared with similar companies in the industry. Lex Machina, a small company that provides legal analytic services, was recognized for best work-life balance. Del Grande Dealer Group, a large automotive company headquartered in San Jose, was distinguished for having the best career training. Andy Mastorakis of Fremont Bank, Prem Jain of Pensando Systems and Sarah Rowell of Kantola Training Solutions were honored for good leadership.

While millions of workers have left companies that don’t meet their needs, employees at the Bay Area’s Top Workplaces shared why they’re happily staying.

“Management genuinely cares about each employee.”

“I am able to learn and grow at my own pace.”

“I get to do what I love and make an impact!”

Top 3 large companies

Owen Halliday (front left) leads the weekly meeting of the Los Altos office of Christie’s International Real Estate Sereno. The brokerage firm has 17 offices serving Silicon Valley, the Peninsula, Santa Cruz, the East Bay, Lake Tahoe and the Sierra foothills.

Laura Morton/Special to The Chronicle



Top 3 mid-size companies

Real estate agent Dara Buzzard talks with a colleague at Dudum Real Estate Group in Danville.  The independently owned brokerage has four offices in the East Bay and one at Lake Tahoe.  “There were daily Zoom meetings within our company because there was so much changing,” Dudum agent Angie Clay said.

Real estate agent Dara Buzzard talks with a colleague at Dudum Real Estate Group in Danville. The independently owned brokerage has four offices in the East Bay and one at Lake Tahoe. “There were daily Zoom meetings within our company because there was so much changing,” Dudum agent Angie Clay said.

Laura Morton/Special to The Chronicle



Top 3 small companies

Brian Pepin is co-founder and CEO of Rune Labs, a software and data platform for neuroscience therapeutics.

Brian Pepin is co-founder and CEO of Rune Labs, a software and data platform for neuroscience therapeutics.

Laura Morton/Special to The Chronicle




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