Find out what drives your organization's top performers.

The NorthCoast 99 award doesn’t just recognize great Northeast Ohio workplaces. It recognizes great places to work for top talent — people that drive results, provide competitive advantages, and allow businesses to innovate and grow. Winning companies are determined based on how their policies and practices align with criteria that increases the probability of attracting and retaining top-performers.

Benchmark your HR policies and practices with local companies.

Every Northeast Ohio organization that applies receives a complimentary Company Results Report, featuring their application responses and how they compare to other NorthCoast 99 organizations. This report also provides a blueprint for possible workplace initiatives and validates current organizational practices.

Be branded as a great Northeast Ohio employer.

Being a NorthCoast 99 winner showcases your organization as a great Northeast Ohio workplace. It also helps drive top talent your way. Winners proudly display their badge on marketing collateral, and in advertising and recruiting material to promote their organization as a top employer. In addition, NorthCoast 99 winners are promoted throughout the year by ERC.

Attend the best business event of the year.

The annual NorthCoast 99 awards event gathers nearly 1,000 of the region's top business professionals for a fun and lively night of networking unlike any other in the Cleveland area. In addition to honoring our winners, the annual event features internationally-known keynote speakers and entertainment from some of the most unique acts around!

What do applicants receive?

2021 NorthCoast 99 Company Results Report

This complimentary benchmark report was prepared exclusively for every NorthCoast 99 applicant organization and emailed on August 18, 2021. The Company Results Report allows you to compare your results with those of the other applicants and 99 winners.

The report is broken down by the five sections of the application to help you understand how your organization stacks up against other employers in Northeast Ohio in each topic area. Our hope is that this data will help your organization continue to evolve.

If you'd like another copy of your organization's Company Results Report, please complete the form below.

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2021 NorthCoast 99 Winner Practices Report

About the Report: This year's research highlights best practices, workplace trends, and real-world examples from the NorthCoast 99 winning organizations in the following areas: Organizational Strategy, Policies & Benefits; Talent Attraction, Acquisition & Onboarding; Employee Well-Being; Employee Engagement & Talent Development; Total Rewards; and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.

Pricing: $199 for non-applicant organizations (Complimentary for all 2021 NC99 applicants!)

Please Note: If your organization was a 2021 NorthCoast 99 applicant, this report was emailed to your designated Main Contact and HR Leader on October 1, 2021.

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2021 NorthCoast 99 Employee Survey Report

Place an order to purchase your organization's 2021 Employee Survey Report (formerly, Top-Performer Summary Report)! This customized publication provides valuable insights into the unfiltered opinions and level of engagement of your organization's top employees, each of whom participated in a 67-question survey as part of your 2021 NorthCoast 99 application. Find out what kept your top performers engaged during this unprecedented time!

Please allow 3-4 weeks after your order is placed for electronic delivery of your custom report. Highlights from this year's report include:

  • Top performers’ preferences on which of 10 job attributes are most important to them. 
  • Data visualizations of statistics for all 65 multiple-choice questions, to provide enhanced report usability.
  • Answers from top performers on why they stay and what would cause them to leave.

Purchase Your 2021 Report

How are winners selected?

Applicant organizations are evaluated based on their responses to questions about policies and practices for attracting and retaining top performers. Also considered are the responses from employees who complete surveys about their workplace, including a survey that measures the preferences of top-performing individuals.

Applicants are judged on:

  • Organizational Strategy, Policies & Benefits
  • Talent Attraction, Acquisition & Onboarding 
  • Employee Well-Being
  • Employee Engagement & Talent Development
  • Total Rewards
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Each organization that submits a completed application receives an overall score. Overall scores are ranked in order from highest to lowest, and the top 99 organizations are designated as the NorthCoast 99 winners. ERC does not publish a ranked listing of winners.

The NorthCoast 99 application will help you discover what drives top performers and how you can attract and retain them within your organization.


who is eligible?

To be eligible for the award, your organization must have been in existence for a minimum of three years and have at least 15 full-time equivalent employees in Northeast Ohio.

Only employers located in Northeast Ohio are eligible for the award. For the purpose of this award, Northeast Ohio is defined as the 22-county region including:

  • Ashland
  • Ashtabula
  • Carroll
  • Columbiana
  • Crawford
  • Cuyahoga
  • Erie
  • Geauga
  • Harrison
  • Holmes
  • Huron
  • Lake
  • Lorain
  • Mahoning
  • Medina
  • Portage
  • Richland
  • Stark
  • Summit
  • Trumbull
  • Tuscarawas
  • Wayne