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Poll Results: What Are the Most Attractive Attributes of Prospective Companies?


In the January/February E3 Web Poll, we wanted to find out what our readers felt was most important in deciding to take a position at a new company. Here are the results.

Fifteen people participated in the poll. In our first question, we asked respondents to rank the factors and/or job perks that factored into a new-job decision on a scale of 1 (most important) to 7 (least important). Respondents did not have to rank all seven factors. Here are the factors, with the number of No. 1 selections and most popular ranking for each:

  • New, more challenging position was ranked No. 1 and No. 4 by four respondents each.
  • Higher salary was the top priority for three people, and five ranked it No. 3.
  • Location was ranked No. 1 by two respondents. Nos. 3 and 6 received three picks each.
  • The option to work remotely/flexible schedule was the most popular No. 1 selection, by five people.
  • Personal/professional development programs received one No. 1 selection and was ranked No. 6 by seven respondents.
  • Mentoring programs/opportunities got no first choices and was the runaway No. 7 preference, by eight people.
  • Excellent benefits was most important to two respondents, and six ranked it No. 2.

The following three factors had their highest numbers of votes between Nos. 1 and 3 — meaning they were most important to respondents: excellent benefits, the option to work remotely/flexible schedules and higher salary.

These three factors had their highest number of votes between Nos. 5 and 7 — meaning they were the least important to respondents: mentoring programs/opportunities, personal/professional development programs and location. (Note: We considered the No. 4 rank to mean “no preference” and did not factor it into our determination of the most and least important factors to survey respondents.)

In our second question, we wanted to know if respondents left a position or company for a lack of one of the seven factors mentioned above. Eleven respondents (78.6 percent) answered “yes” and three respondents (21.4 percent) said no. One person skipped this question.

We then wanted to know which factors led respondents to answer “yes” to that question. Respondents could choose more than one factor. Here’s how it broke down for the eleven respondents:

  • Lack of opportunities for advancement/new challenges: 100 percent
  • Insufficient pay increases: 54.6 percent
  • Insufficient personal/professional development programs: 54.6 percent
  • Rigid schedule and/or lack of remote working options: 45.4 percent
  • Office location: 27.2 percent
  • Lack of mentoring programs: 27.2 percent
  • Insufficient benefits: None.


Finally, we asked respondents to share comments regarding other factors that influence the decision to consider working for a new employer. Among them:

  • “Corporate culture. It’s important that the company is ethical and that they treat employees honestly and fairly, and with respect.”
  • “Work-life balance and expected work schedule. Culture. Routine feedback on performance. Employers that truly value their team members rather than just seeing us as bodies to fill roles. These are reasons I have left my previous two companies and why I am very selective about companies that I’ll work for next.”
  • “Work-life balance is critical.”
  • “Sustainability goals and financial stability of a company.”
  • “A professional atmosphere.”


We invite you to participate in the March/April 2017 Web Poll, and look for the results in the May/June issue of E3.


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