Zweig Group Awards

    What happens when I apply for an award?

    When a firm applies for a Zweig Group award you 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 is sent an email with the link(s) to complete the rest of the award application.  Each award has its own set of specific components (see below). A Zweig Group representative is available to answer questions throughout the process.

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    What if my firm applies, but doesn’t end up winning an award?

    We do not publish a list of non-winning firms, so no one will know if you don’t win an award. Firms who apply to Best Firms To Work For still receive the results from their employee survey as well as a benchmarking report that indicates areas for improvement.  We also offer discounts to the Elevate AEC Conference for applicants who apply to any award but don’t win.

    What's the Trifecta Award?

    Firms who enter and place in BFTWF, Hot Firm, and Marketing Excellence Awards automatically receive a coveted Trifecta Award.  Challenge yourself and give it a try!

    What is the best way to register for the Trifecta Award?

     

    This video walks you through the registration steps.

    Best Firms To Work For Award

    What are the benefits of applying to Best Firms To Work For?

    As a part of the registration fee, regardless if your firm wins or not, you receive 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 obtain your firm employee’s responses on the “open response” style questions. No open-response questions are included in the report that comes with registration.

    If you’d like to use the BFTWF as your own custom employee survey, you have the option to add your own questions to the end of the graded portion as well. The employee survey results can be used to evaluate where your firm is succeeding and where you need to improve.  You can use your survey results as a promotional tool and aid in recruiting. For firms who place on the list, this rank and the “Best Firms To Work For” designation is a valuable recruiting resource. Zweig Group also lists winning firm names on our website, sends out a press releases, and promotes through various SoMe channels.

    What are the other BFTWF options?

    Employee surveys are expensive (usually $3,000-$8,000), so we want to help our clients find a more affordable way to ask their employees questions.  Firms are able to add customized questions to the end of their employee survey: 5 questions or less for $400 and up to 10 questions for $600.  While firms will receive the results to their customized questions, these questions do not count towards rankings 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 for $250.  A Zweig Group representative can help you develop questions if you choose to customize the 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, email us to discuss options.

    What is the registration process like for Best Firms To Work For?

    Watch this short tutorial video here. 

    What happens after I register on ZweigGroup.com?

    When a firm applies for an award, a 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 are invited to submit these questions at this time.  Registrants are then invited to fill out a “Corporate Survey.” The BFTWF Corporate Survey is about workplace practices, policies, and benefits and should be completed by a firm leader, HR manager, or equivalent representative. The representative is emailed the “Employee Survey” portion of the awards process which must be completed by May 1.  We recommend firm leaders email this survey link out to all employees inviting them to participate.

    Firms with 50 employees or more, a minimum of 40% of the firm’s staff must complete the Employee survey.  Firms with less than 50 employees, a minimum of 60% of the firm’s staff must complete the employee survey. Zweig Group keeps 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 are graded and combined to determine a final score.  After all surveys have been graded and ranked (late May), every firm receives their report.

    How are BFTWF Award applicants ranked?

    Firms will be ranked industry-wide as well as by firm size and firm discipline.

    The Hot Firm List

    What is the registration process like for The Hot Firm List?

    Watch this short tutorial video here.

    What’s in the Hot Firm Award application?

    All Zweig Group asks is your demographic information, a few questions about how you achieved success, and your growth (revenue numbers).  Placement on the list is entirely based on revenue growth over the previous three-year period. Other data collected is for Zweig Group to analyze 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, a firm representative must fill out a short form on the Zweig Group website and pay the registration fee.  Afterward, applicants are given a link to the short application questionnaire.  Award applicants are asked to provide verification of revenue.

    If you want to know growth over a 3 year period, why will we need our revenue numbers from 2015 and 2018?

    We use your 2014 end of year revenue as your baseline revenue number and then compare the next three years after that, but we will only need your 2018 revenue numbers.

    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. Winners vary from year to year based on a multitude of variables including hot growth markets, new firms entering for the first time, declining revenue, etc.

    Marketing Excellence Award

    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.

    How should I submit my award application?

    Beginning in 2019, all entries are submitted online at submittable.com. There is a short survey to complete that provides us demographic data, an information section, and an area to submit supporting material. Each entry will be evaluated by a panel of senior marketing professions. Winners from each category will be chosen and notified that they won. Winners complete their photographic display panels to be displayed at the 2019 Elevate AEC Conference.

    Is it a lot of work to apply to the Marketing Excellence Awards?

    Beginning in 2019, all entries are submitted online at submittable.com. There is a short survey to complete that provides us demographic data, an information section, and an area to submit supporting material. Each entry will be evaluated by a panel of senior marketing professions. Winners from each category will be chosen and notified that they won. Winners complete their photographic display panels to be displayed at the 2019 Elevate AEC Conference.

    What is the registration process like for The Marketing Excellence Award?

    Beginning in 2019, all entries are submitted online at submittable.com. There is a short survey to complete that provides us demographic data, an information section, and an area to submit supporting material. Each entry will be evaluated by a panel of senior marketing professions. Winners from each category will be chosen and notified that they won. Winners complete their photographic display panels to be displayed at the 2019 Elevate AEC Conference.

    Additional Information

    Refunds: Zweig Group is unable to offer refunds after the Application or Corporate Survey link has been sent to you.

    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.