All Zweig Group Awards:
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What happens when I apply for an award? When a firm applies for a Zweig Group award, a firm representative must fill out a short form on the appropriate page on the Zweig Group website and pay the registration fee. After the registration fee is paid, the registrant will be automatically redirected to a form or online survey that will comprise the rest of the award application. Each award has its own set of specific components (see below), and will be able to regularly converse with a representative from Zweig Group throughout the process. We promise you will be regularly reminded of deadlines.
What if my firm applies, but doesn’t end up winning an award? This happens to a lot of firms. We never publish a list of non-winning firms and no one else will know that you didn’t make it. Firms who apply to Best Firms To Work For still get the awesome bonus perks of applying such as the results of their employee survey & a bench-marking report –that way they can see the areas where they need to improve. We usually offer significant discounts to the Hot Firm and A/E Industry Awards Conference for applicants who apply to any award but don’t win.
What’s the Trifecta Award? Firms who place well in BFTWF, Hot Firm, and Marketing Excellence Awards will automatically receive a coveted Trifecta Award. Challenge yourself and give it a try!
Best Firms To Work For
Check out the BFTWF application guide here:
BFTWF: How long does the early bird discount last? Does this change the due-dates of the other application pieces? The early-bird discount is good through February 27th. The deadlines for the corporate survey and employee surveys are static, the same for all applicants (March 25th, May 12th), and do not change based on when you apply.
How do I choose my BFTWF category? Firms must enter at least one (but no more than three) categories in the Best Firms To Work For Awards (Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering, Environmental, Landscape Architecture/Architecture, and Multidiscipline). At least 40% of 2015 fiscal year gross revenue must have been derived from your selected discipline category on a full-time basis. If you have any questions about your category selection, just email us.
What are the benefits of applying to Best Firms To Work For? Where to begin?! As a part of the registration fee, regardless of if your firm is a winner or not, they will get a report containing your firm’s responses to the employee survey (numerical ranking questions only) as well as a report from all employees in all other firms in your category to use as a benchmarking tool. For just $250 more, you can get your employees responses on the “open response” style questions. If you’d like to use the BFTWF as your own custom employee survey, you have the option of adding on your own questions to the end of the graded portion as well. The employee survey results can be used by management to evaluate where your firm is succeeding and where you need to improve. You can use your survey results as a promotional tool and to aid in recruiting. For firms who place on the list, this rank and the “Best Firms To Work For” designation is wonderful for recruiting as well as getting new jobs. Zweig Group also puts the names of firms who win on our website, sends out press releases, and will do everything we can to ensure that your firm gets plenty of positive press and attention.
What are the other BFTWF options? Employee surveys are expensive (usually $3,000-$8,000), so we wanted to help our clients find a more affordable way to ask their employees some personalized questions. Firms are now allowed to add additional questions on to the end of their employee survey: 5 questions or less are $400, up to 10 questions is an additional $750. While firms will see these results, these questions will not count towards their ranking in the awards program. If a firm asks open-response style questions (EX What has been your favorite project and why?) they must also purchase the open response report ($250). A Zweig Group representative will work with you to add the questions you want to your employee survey.
If you’d like to add more than 10 questions, or want a custom report at the end of the survey with more detailed demographic breakdowns and comparisons, just email us.
What happens after I register on ZweigGroup.com?
When a firm applies for this award, the firm representative must fill out a short form on the Zweig Group website, select which categories he/she wants to enter, and pay the registration fee. If the registrant wants to add custom questions to end of the employee survey, they will be invited to submit these questions at this time. Registrants are then invited to fill out a “Corporate Survey.” The BFTWF Corporate Survey is a survey about workplace practices, policies, & benefits, and can be filled out by any firm leader, HR manager, or equivalent representative.
Upon completion of this survey, the firm representative is then emailed a custom link for the “Employee Survey” portion of the awards process, which must be completed by May 12. We recommend firm leaders email this survey link out to all employees inviting them to participate. For firms with 50 employees or more, a minimum of 40% of the firm’s staff must complete the Employee survey. For firms with less than 50 employees, a minimum of 60% of the firm’s staff must complete the employee survey. Someone from Zweig Group will keep you updated on your firm’s participation level to ensure that you meet the requirements by the deadline.
Once these two surveys are completed, they will be graded and combined to determine a final score. After all firms participating in the awards process have been graded and ranked (late June), every firm will receive their reports.
How are BFTWF Award applicants ranked? Firms are ranked according to their category (Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering, Environmental, Landscape Architecture/Architecture, Multidiscipline & Surveying), based on a combination score comprised of 25% corporate survey and 75% employee surveys.
How long does the early bird discount last? Does this change the due-dates of the other application pieces? The early-bird discount is good through February 27th. No matter when you pay the registration fee, you have until June 1, 2016 to fill out the very short award application.
What’s on the Hot Firm Award application? All Zweig Group asks is your demographic information, a few questions about how you grew and achieved success, and your growth (revenue numbers). Placement on the list is entirely based on revenue growth over the previous three-year period. The other stuff is just so we can look at correlations and find cool and interesting statistics to share with you.
What happens after I register on ZweigGroup.com? When a firm applies for this award, the firm representative must fill out a short form on the Zweig Group website and pay the registration fee. Afterwards, applicants are given a link to the short application questionnaire. Award applicants who are in contention will be notified after June 1 and asked to provide verification of revenue.
My firm has won a Hot Firm Award before but didn’t place last year, despite having a personal best growth rate, is this award rigged? No. Have you ever run a race and achieved a personal best time, but still not placed well? Hot Firm is just like that. Some firms who have been on the list for a long time make big moves and decide to grow a lot, and sometimes new firms enter the list.
Is it a lot of work to apply to the Marketing Excellence Awards? No! Just do a short write up, attach it to your campaign pieces, and stick it in the mail.
How should I submit my award application? Most firms use a binder or affix the different components of the marketing campaign into a notebook style document. You’re welcome to use your creativity as long as everything is stuck together.
Can I use the same marketing campaign and enter different categories in the ME Awards? No. But you’re welcome to submit multiple campaigns in multiple categories.
Why do you need two copies of my marketing campaign pieces? If your firm places in the top 3 we will bring your award submission to the Hot Firm and A/E Industry Awards Conference where hundreds of people will look at it and vote on their favorite for the “People’s Choice Awards.” We really want to have one copy of your award safely back at the office, just in case something gets lost.
For examples of past winning campaigns, click here:
Refund Policy: Zweig Group is unable to offer refunds after the Application or Corporate Survey link has been sent to you.
Please Note: Awards program participation is limited to business leaders from architecture, engineering, planning, environmental, construction, and allied professional service firms, or by invitation only. Business software or business systems providers, law firms, insurance and financial firms, and other consultants with a powerful message for award participants may participate as exhibitors or sponsors.