Forbes magazines has rated the Palm Beach County School District as the nation’s 70th-best employer in a ranking of what it considers the 500 best large workplaces in the United States.
The list, originally published in March, is based on anonymous surveys of more than 30,000 employees in organizations with at least 5,000 employees. It pegged the county’s school district as the second-best public school system to work at in the nation, behind Maryland’s Montgomery County Public Schools.
With nearly 22,000 employees, the school district is Palm Beach County’s largest employer and one of the 12 largest public school systems in the country.
Topping the Forbes list was Marathon Petroleum, followed by Google and Costco Wholesale.
The top-ranked Florida employer was Publix Supermarkets, which placed 17th.
The Montgomery County, Md., public school system rated 31st.
In an article accompanying the list, Forbes explained that it created the ranking in collaboration with an online statistics company and used a simple methodology — asking employees how much they liked where they worked:
“Working with online statistics provider Statista, Forbes asked more than 30,000 U.S. workers employed by companies with more than 5,000 staff members to determine, on a scale of zero to 10, how likely they were to recommend their employer to someone else. Further, how did they feel about the other employers in their industry?”
It may be best to take the rankings with a grain of salt. Forbes published few other details about its methodology or the extent to which it tried to survey employees at all large school districts. If only 30,000 employees were surveyed nationwide, it is likely that many companies and government agencies did not have an opportunity to be rated.
It was not clear how many school district employees were surveyed, how they rated the district, or what their rationale in doing so was.
It was also not apparent how many employees of other large school districts were surveyed or to what extent Forbes attempted to determine whether the surveyed employeess feelings reflected the sentiments of the entire workforce.