2019 Engaging Growth Benchmark

Confidence in leadership is the top driver of engagement for these fast-growing and highly engaged companies.


The Engaging Growth benchmark is made up of companies from a range of industries that are high on growth (they're hiring fast) but also high on Engagement and retention - something that can be hard for fast-growing companies. They're showing they can attract AND retain and they are often the main competition for your best people. We identify these companies using their previous 6 months of hiring data, Mattermark growth criteria and our own Engagement and retention data.

Anatomy of the benchmark:

Response rate:

  • 80% average response rate across all companies
  • Bottom quartile (25th percentile) was 72% participation
  • Top quartile (75th percentile) was 91% participation

Sub industries:

  • Computer Software
  • Internet

Distribution by sub-region:

  • North America: 83%
  • Europe: 8%
  • Oceania: 8%

Glassdoor ratings:

We have connected the employee feedback data with ratings for each company included in the benchmark to provide the below insights.

  • 4.2/5 stars average overall company rating
  • 94% average CEO approval
  • 80% average recommend to friend

Key Insights and Data for the People Geeks!

How engaged are employees in Engaging Growth?

Insight: Employees in Engaging Growth tend to be more engaged than employees in other regions. Higher engagement scores across Engaging Growth are primarily a function of greater intention to remain at the organization over the longer-term.


Engaging Growth employee engagement scores by percentile

If you are interested in the spread of employee engagement ratings, below are the engagement scores by percentile.

Bottom quartile (25th percentile) 77%
Median (50th percentile) 81%
Top quartile (75th percentile) 84%

What has the biggest impact on employee engagement in Engaging Growth?

Insight: Learning and development and leadership communicating a motivating vision have the largest impact on employee engagement. We also find that the scores on these topics are generally more favorable in our Engaging Growth Benchmark compared globally.


Questions included and excluded:

Engagement Questions Excluded: The following questions did not have enough responses to be included in this generation this year.

  • I have been provided an opportunity to see and discuss recent employee survey results
  • My manager, or someone else, has communicated some clear actions based on recent employee survey results
  • I have seen positive changes taking place based on recent employee survey results

Learn more

Gain a deeper understanding of what makes our benchmarks special and learn more about how we calculate our Custom benchmarks here.

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