Best Places to Work in Idaho™


What are Local Programs (or contests)?

Starting in 2023 the Best Places to Work in Idaho is adding four local employer ranking programs.

There will be no changes to The Best Places to Work in Idaho statewide program. The flagship program is and will continue to be the largest and most respected statewide employer ranking program.

Local programs are separate employer ranking lists for distinct locales, or geographic areas across the state.

Each program, statewide and each local, will have separate employer ranking lists and each list will published on our website at

The best parts are:

  • More chances to win
  • More local promotion, excitement, and awareness
  • The first local program is FREE
  • The employer still uploads only one employee list
  • No extra work or time requirements for employees because it’s all based on a single survey

That's right, one employee list, one survey, and more recognition opportunities in employer ranking programs around the state.

We are expecting at least 40 participating employers in each of the following local programs.

  • Best Places to Work in Idaho – North
    The area around and including Sandpoint, Coeur d'Alene, Moscow, and Lewiston
  • Best Places to Work in Idaho - Southwest (Treasure Valley)
    The area around and including Boise, Meridian, Nampa, Caldwell, Kuna, Eagle, and Emmett, as well as Mountain Home and McCall
  • Best Places to Work in Idaho - South (Magic Valley)
    The area around and including Twin Falls, Burley, Jerome, and Hailey
  • Best Places to Work in Idaho – East
    The area around and including Rexburg, Idaho Falls, Blackfoot, and Pocatello

The statewide contest will still have a Top Ten in each of the 5 size categories. We expect each local contest to have Top Five winners in each of at least 4 size categories along with Honorable Mention designations for other deserving employers.

Honoree badges will be available for each program, statewide and local. Employers can decide how, when, and where to use them in their marketing and recruiting materials.

In each local program, qualified employers are ranked using only the feedback of employees in that locale. It's very possible an employer's local ranking is different from their state ranking.

Advantages of Adding Local Programs

  1. More opportunities for employers to win, be recognized, and build positive brand awareness.
  2. More impact on future employees in your local communities, where most employers find most employees.
  3. More impact on current employees by building a positive image and excitement locally.
  4. More Winner List Web traffic because of multiple mentions on our website.
  5. Easier for great employees to find great employers in specific areas of the state.

Employer Qualification Criteria

Every employer with 10 or more employees in the state of Idaho automatically qualifies for the state program. Most will also automatically qualify for one local program, so long as at least 10 employees reside or report to a single locale.

As with the statewide program, to qualify for a second, third, or fourth local program an employer must employ at least 10 employees in a locale to qualify.

Local Size Category

An employer's local program size category is determined by the number of employees located in that program area. Most employers participating in more than one local program will compete in a different size category locally than they will at the state level.


The first local program in which an employer participates is free. For each additional local program there is a flat $200 fee regardless of an employer's number of local employees.