Final days to nominate an Orange County firm as a Top Workplace – Orange County Register

If your boss is the bomb, your opinion matters and you walk into work with a skip in your step, we need to know about it.

The Register is winding down its nomination period for Top Workplaces in Orange County.

For 10 years, the county business community has celebrated this program, which surveys local employees on what makes their company A-Number One.

What we’ve learned in the past is that the obvious reasons (you’d think) aren’t always what matters most.

It’s not just about perks like ping pong tables and free lunches.

It’s not just about good raises and company stock options.

It’s a lot about upward mobility (promotions), close connections to management (conversations) and feeling like an integral part of the company (you matter). Removing layers between the c-suites and employees doesn’t always come easy. And being available and accountable is a challenge for some.

In the past, the Top Workplaces winners have all exuded confidence and a willingness to share the spotlight with their associates.

Top workplaces have hailed from industries such as financial services, manufacturing, real estate, hospitality, healthcare, big data, innovative technology, education and a lot more.

Here’s what three local CEOs and presidents said about their successes as a top workplace :

Last year, the top large company in Orange County was New American Funding, a mortgage lender based in Tustin with more than 800 local employees. The people made the difference.

“I think, really, the secret sauce for our company is the diversity that we have here at NAF,” said Patty Arvielo, company president.

The top mid-size company in 2016 was Illuminate Education, an Irvine educational technology firm with 180 employees in the county.

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