The Washington Post has announced the rankings of the top 200 best places to work in the Washington D.C. area, according to its seventh annual Top Workplaces survey. This year’s honorees include technology companies, hospitality organizations, real estate firms and home improvement companies. More than 3,500 area companies were invited to participate and 406 were surveyed.

This year marked a record number of employees participating in the survey, and as a result, The Post expanded this year’s list of winners from 150 to 200 and added a fourth category--largest--to accommodate the increase of winners from organizations with 999 and more employees. The highlighted category sizes include small, midsize, large and largest.

Due to covid-19, The Washington Post has moved its annual celebration held at The Post’s Washington, D.C. headquarters to a highly produced virtual ceremony hosted by Washington Post anchor Libby Casey. The ceremony included a special keynote address by Executive Editor Marty Baron, and the awards were announced by Top Workplaces Editor Dion Haynes and Managing Editor Tracy Grant.

Highlights from the 2020 Top Workplaces Magazine:

  • Cover story writer Leigh Giangreco offers a window into the challenges employees are facing as they work from home during the pandemic. She spoke with employees about how the pandemic altered the contours of their personal and professional lives and how they balance work and personal duties to create a healthy work-life balance.
  • Four leaders from the region’s top workplaces, Jo Ann Jenkins, chief executive of AARP, Steven Gunby, president and chief executive the business advisory firm FTI Consulting, Kathy Cannon, partner at law firm Kelley Drye & Warren and Alex Kinnier, co-founder of GetUpside, a start-up that connects brick-and-mortar businesses with consumers seeking to save money, spoke with leadership reporter Jena McGregor about their careers and how they’re leading their organizations through unparalleled uncertainty: what they’ve done to remain flexible, how they’ve talked to workers about race, and what changes they see lasting in a future that seems harder than ever to predict. They also shared what they’ve learned about leadership in these difficult times, with listening skills and empathy resonating as a common theme.
  • Business columnist Karla Miller looks at what lies ahead in a post-pandemic environment as employers make decisions on the less visible changes the pandemic has wrought. As employees have been forced into uncomfortable, new working situations, they have been given an opening to reconsider how they think about themselves as workers, the value they place on different kinds of work and the kinds of working conditions they’re willing to accept going forward.