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Search registration statements, periodic reports, and other forms companies are required by law to file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Public vs. Private Companies
Public Companies issue stock and trade on one of the stock exchanges. They are required to register and file reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Public companies will have a ticker symbol that is used as a substitute for the company's name on the exchange on which shares in the company trade.
Ex. The North Face ticker symbol is VFC.
Private Companies do not have to register and file reports with the SEC and do not trade stocks. It will be harder to find financial and other information about private companies.
Ex. Burton is a private company.
A Subsidiary company is one that is owned by another company. Financial information on a subsidiary is sometimes not available and it is necessary to read the reports of the parent company.
To pick the 100 Best Companies to Work For, Fortune partners with the Great Place to Work Institute to conduct the most extensive employee survey in corporate America. Two-thirds of a company's score is based on the results of the institute's Trust Index survey, which is sent to a random sample of employees from each company. The survey asks questions related to their attitudes about management's credibility, job satisfaction, and camaraderie. The other third is based on responses to the institute's Culture Audit, which includes detailed questions about pay and benefit programs and a series of open-ended questions about hiring practices, methods of internal communication, training, recognition programs, and diversity efforts.
A list of some larger or more obvious sources for rankings. Some are industry specific (such as those published by major associations or publishers focused in certain industries); others are more general.
Inc. magazine's list of fastest-growing private companies in America based on percentage revenue growth over the previous four-year period. The top ten percent of companies comprise the Inc. 500. Lists available from 2007 to present.