STENNIS — The Enterprise for Innovative Geospatial Solutions (EIGS) announced today a recent survey named NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center (SSC) the fourth best place to work in the country for Agency Subcomponents. The Partnership for Public Service (PPS) surveyed over 392,700 civil servants on a wide range of workplace topics to rank Stennis as a favorite among the best places to work out of 315 federal agencies.
While the survey shows federal employees throughout the government are decreasingly satisfied with the jobs and workplaces for the fourth year in a row, SSC’s satisfaction ratings have been on the rise. SSC scored 83.2 and among large agencies NASA is No. 1 overall. It scored 74.6, up from last year’s 0.6 and jumping the government-wide downward trend. PPS also ranked Stennis as the overall number two place to work in the country last year.
EIGS is a US Small Business Administration (SBA) Regional Innovative Cluster funded to support and develop geospatial businesses from Texas to Florida. The State of Mississippi and NASA founded EIGS at Stennis in 1998 to foster a geospatial technology industry in the region around Stennis. This ranking will continue to assist cluster companies in recruiting talent to the area.
The “Best Places to Work in the Federal Government” rankings offer the most comprehensive assessment of how federal employees view their jobs and workplaces. They provide insight into issues that range from leadership and pay to innovation and work–life balance. The rankings alert leaders to signs of trouble and provide a roadmap to help improve organizational performance.
PPS calculated the workplace environment scores by averaging the percentage of positive responses to questions in 10 categories, including effective leadership, employee skills–mission match, pay and work–life balance. PPS then performed a regression analysis to determine the categories with the most influence on the “Best Places to Work” satisfaction and commitment score.
The EIGS geospatial industry cluster represents a variety of companies from small operations to companies with thousands of employees. There are start-ups and well-established companies – the majority of the companies have been in business for an average of 15 years. Some companies are headquartered in Mississippi while others are branch operations of larger national corporations. With business operations all over the country, the cluster also has a global reach. EIGS membership is open to companies in the geospatial technology and/or remote sensing industry. EIGS provides its members with business support, counseling, and classes for businesses that provide services using GIS and allied technologies.
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