Cognella® Honored as a 2017 Top Workplace by The San Diego Union-Tribune

Cognella® Honored as a 2017 Top Workplace by The San Diego Union-Tribune

Cognella is 1 of 51 San Diego-based companies recognized for outstanding company culture

San Diego, CA – November 13, 2017 – Cognella has been awarded a 2017 Top Workplaces honor by The San Diego Union-Tribune. The Top Workplaces lists are based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by Energage, LLC (formerly WorkplaceDynamics), a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. Several aspects of workplace culture were measured, including Alignment, Execution, and Connection, just to name a few.

“For Cognella to be named a Top Workplace in San Diego is such an honor,” said Cognella CEO Bassim Hamadeh, “especially since the judges of the award were Cognella team members. I’m really proud of the culture we’ve all created together at Cognella, and I’m excited to see where it takes us.”

“The Top Workplaces award is not a popularity contest. And oftentimes, people assume it’s all about fancy perks and benefits,” said Doug Claffey, CEO of Energage. “But to be a Top Workplace, organizations must meet our strict standards for organizational health. And who better to ask about work life than the people who live the culture every day—the employees. Time and time again, our research has proven that what’s most important to them is a strong belief in where the organization is headed, how it’s going to get there, and the feeling that everyone is in it together.” Claffey added, “Without this sense of connection, an organization doesn’t have a shot at being named a Top Workplace.”

“When I founded Cognella in 1992, I wanted the company to be more than an independent academic publisher that would shake things up in the industry,” Bassim said. “I wanted to create a work environment that was engaging, supportive, and collaborative, so everyone would be excited to come to work. From the very beginning, we have been focused and committed on investing in our culture, and as a result, we’ve created something really special here. Cognella team members truly show up—ready to achieve companywide objectives, support each other and our customers, and have some fun along the way. We understand that, at the end of the day, it’s the journey that matters most, not the destination. Our passion and spirit for what we do and how we do it is what makes all the difference in our company culture.”

About Cognella®
Cognella® is redefining academic publishing by creating teacher-driven, student-centric higher education course materials in print and digital formats under three imprints: Cognella® Academic Publishing, Cognella® Custom, and Cognella® Active Learning. Cognella enables professors to tailor educational materials to specific courses and learning objectives. This unique approach has made Cognella a trusted source for more than 4,000 instructors and 125,000 students annually at over 650 colleges and universities across the US and Canada. Cognella also publishes engaging nonfiction titles featuring modern perspectives as Cognella® Press. Cognella is a privately held company located in San Diego, California. Learn more at

About Energage, LLC
Headquartered in Exton, PA, Energage specializes in employee feedback surveys and workplace improvement. This year alone, more than two million employees in over 6,000 organizations will participate in the Top Workplaces™ campaign—a program it conducts in partnership with more than 40 prestigious media partners across the United States. Energage also provides consulting services to improve employee engagement and organizational health. Energage is a founding B Corporation member, a coalition of organizations that are leading a global movement to redefine success in business by offering a positive vision of a better way to do business.

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