Irvine, Calif.-based Wright Ford Young & Co. was recently named one of the “Best Places to Work in Orange County” for 2011 by the Orange County Business Journal.

The annual list, created by the Orange County Business Journal and the Best Companies Group, is compiled through a two-part survey about employer policies, practices and demographics that measures the overall employee experience.

The firm placed fourth in the small firm size category.

“We all take a great deal of pride in this recognition and accomplishment, especially since this award is primarily based on employee feedback,” said Bob Wright, managing partner of Wright Ford Young & Co. “We believe employee satisfaction and retention has an impact on the quality of service we deliver to our clients. Being recognized as one of the best places to work in Orange County is a concrete indication that our strategy is working.”

Winners were chosen based on the eight core areas of:

•    Leadership and planning
•    Corporate culture and communications
•    Role satisfaction
•    Work environment
•    Relationship with supervisor
•    Training and development
•    Pay and benefits
•    Overall engagement

Sixty companies compose this year’s Best Places to Work in Orange County list, split into three groups: small-sized companies (15-59 employees), medium-sized companies (50-249 employees) and large-size companies (more than 250 employees).

More information about the list is available at