All across the state — and nation — businesses are struggling to attract and retain employees. But those companies may be able to learn something from the companies that will be spotlighted here in the days to follow. The 100 Best Places to Live and Work in Arizona earned the most support in voting for the 2022 edition of Ranking Arizona, the state’s biggest business opinion poll.

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“We really do put people first,” says Cathy Graham, executive vice president at Desert Financial Credit Union, one of the Best Places to Work in Arizona. “The employment environment is really tough right now with the Great Resignation. So we try to be really purposeful and clear about the organization: where we’re going, what we’re striving for, what success looks like and then connecting the dots. People want to feel like part of something bigger than just the role that they fill every day.”

Enjoy learning more about the 100 Best Places to Live and Work in Arizona. Today, the spotlight is on Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

DEDICATION TO DIVERSITY: “Diversity, equity and inclusion as a formal program is relatively new, but it’s always been something that’s really important to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona,” says Greg Wells, chief people officer at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona. “As a whole, our workforce is very diverse — 44% of our employees are minorities, and 70% are female. Our CEO Pam Kehaly is female and more than 70% of our C-Suite are women. But, with the George Floyd tragedy a few years ago, our CEO challenged us as an organization to do better. So we started at the top with our board of directors, from the top-down, coming out with a statement which we call our diversity credo. Discrimination is real and a problem and we need to make sure there’s no place for it in our organization; we see diversity as a business imperative and it’s consistent with our mission to inspire health. Then, our executive leadership C-Suite team came out with a diversity pledge basically focusing on what we’re going to do in the next five years: increase diversity in the talent pool and in leadership development.”

POINTS OF PRIDE: “Caring is one of our values as an organization,” Wells says. “We care about the community — our employees serve on a number of boards — and every employee has a goal to help bend the opioid and suicide curve. We pay our employees to volunteer at organizations that help bend that curve and improve mental health, substance use disorder and diabetes. Working for an organization that cares so intensely and steps up for our members, that cares so much for our community and is involved in making the community and Arizona a better place is a pleasure to work for. The first thing our CEO ever said to me: ‘Customer engagement will never exceed employee engagement.’ That’s a powerful thing and it’s so true. Employee engagement is a great thing to do because it’s also the right thing to do, but it’s also a business practice. Having a CEO that believes in that and having a people-based culture is a privilege.”

100 Best Places to Live and Work in Arizona

Here are the 100 Best Places to Live and Work in Arizona for 2022, based on public voting for the 2022 edition of Ranking Arizona, the state’s biggest and most comprehensive business opinion poll. Companies and cities are listed in alphabetical order.

ABI Multifamily

ANDERSON Advertising & Public Relations

Adolfson & Peterson Construction

Aker Ink PR & Marketing

Alliance Residential Company

Arizona Central Credit Union

Arizona Complete Health

Arizona Federal Credit Union

Aurora Behavioral Health System

Avison Young

BMO Harris Bank

Banner Health

Bel-Aire Mechanical

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Arizona Properties

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

Blue Signal Search

Burch & Cracchiolo


CHASSE Building Team

CORE Construction

Cachet Homes

Canyon State Electric

Cawley Architects

City of Chandler

City of Flagstaff

City of Glendale

City of Mesa

City of Peoria

City of Phoenix

City of Scottsdale

City of Tempe

City to City Commercial



DP Electric

dpa architects

DPR Construction

Delta Dental of Arizona

Desert Financial Credit Union

Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center

Dignity Health in Arizona

Great Impact

Gust Rosenfeld

HDA Architects

Haydon Building Corp


Homeowners Financial Group


IMPACT Technology Recruiting

Ideation Design Group

Jennings, Strouss & Salmon

Johansen Interiors

K2 Electric


Kidder Mathews



LGE Design Build

Land Advisors Organization


LevRose Commercial Real Estate/TCN Worldwide

Marcus & Millichap

Mark-Taylor Companies

Mark-Taylor Residential

Mayo Clinic

McCarthy Building Companies

Menlo Group Commercial Real Estate


National Bank of Arizona

OneAZ Credit Union

P.B. Bell

Pacific Premier Bank

Precision Air & Plumbing

ReThinc Advertising

Republic Bank of Arizona

Rocket Mortgage (formerly Quicken Loans)

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty

Ryan Companies US

SDB Contracting Services

Speedie & Associates

Sunstate Equipment


Team Select Home Care

The Brokery

The CORE Institute

Town of Gilbert

Town of Queen Creek

Tri Pointe Homes

TruWest Credit Union


VIP Mortgage

VIP Mortgage Inc.

ViaWest Group

WaFd Bank Arizona

Wallace, Plese + Dreher

Walton Global

Weitz Company

Western Alliance Bank

Willmeng Construction

Wood, Patel & Associates