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The 100 Best Workplaces for Diversity 2017

Fortune’s annual list of companies in the U.S. doing the most to create inclusive cultures for minorities, LGBT employees, and women.

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The Best Workplaces in Diversity offer the very best workplace experiences according to the diverse employees who work there. To determine the list, Great Place to Work got feedback from 442,624 employees on more than 50 survey questions anonymously rating their employers.

For the purposes of this list, “diverse” employees were anyone who identified as a racial/ethnic minority, female, LGBTQ, disabled, or who was born in 1964 or earlier. We compared the experiences these employees reported to that of their colleagues, focusing on areas that the data revealed the most differentiation in their daily workplace experience. We also considered the degree of representation in the organization.

Rankings were driven by diverse employees’ feedback. To be considered, companies had to meet the Great Place to Work-Certified standard, have at least 50 employees, and their survey results needed at least a 95% confidence level, and a 5% margin of error or better.

To learn more about Great Place to Work Certification and be considered for Best Workplaces lists published by FORTUNE, visit GreatPlacetoWork.com.

Fortune’s annual list of companies in the U.S. doing the most to create inclusive cultures for minorities, LGBT employees, and women.

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Employees say:


“I love how ideas are celebrated and instated. It does not matter what position you are in, or how long you have worked here, people listen. A great, collaborative environment.”


“I believe the new-hire onboarding process is amazing. CWS really takes the time to ensure that all of their employees are equipped with the tools they need to be successful. The company has more of a community feel to it, where everyone works together to encourage their peers to do well and help when needed.”


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Company Info

HQ Location Austin
Industry Construction & Real Estate
Employees 707
Year Founded 1969
# Work Sites 92
Web Address http://www.cwsapartments.com
Revenue (Most Recent Year) -


Minorities 53%
Minority Executives 10%
Minority front-line managers 25%
Minority mid-level managers 8%
Women 46%
Women Executives 33%
Women front-line managers 79%
Women mid-level managers 59%
Boomers or older 19%

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