NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center in South Mississippi is the No. 2 best place to work in the country, according to a survey of federal organizations released today by the Enterprise for Innovative Geospatial Solutions.
The Partnership for Public Service surveyed more than 2 million federal employees to rank Stennis as a favorite among the best places to work out of 379 federal organizations.
Overall, the survey shows federal employees throughout the government are decreasingly satisfied with their jobs and workplaces for the third year in a row.
But Stennis’ satisfaction ratings have been on the rise, scoring 84.3, up from 84.2 last year. Only the Commerce Department’s Patent and Trademark Office scored better. Among large agencies, NASA ranked as number 1 overall with a score of 74, up from last year’s 72.8 and bucking the government-wide downward trend.
EIGS is a U.S. Small Business Administration Regional Innovative Cluster funded to support and develop geospatial businesses from Texas to Florida. EIGS was founded at Stennis and is center of geospatial research and commercialization.
So, what does this mean for the area?
This ranking will assist cluster companies in recruiting talent to the area.
“We are honored to be named as a top place to work and live in the U.S.,” said EIGS President Craig Harvey, “We have always known Stennis and the Gulf Coast region as a great place to do business and now everyone will know.”
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.