(Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, July 3, 2023) US Alliance Group, Inc (USAG), parent company to Electronic Cash Systems (ECS), revolutionizing the payment processing industry, today announced it was named one of the 2023 Best Places to Work in Orange County. The awards program was created in 2009 and is a project of the Orange County Business Journal in partnership with Workforce Research Group. Together, they are recognizing companies to expatiate Orange County’s economy, workforce, businesses, and communities.

To be considered for participation, organizations must have a physical operation in Orange County, 15 or more employees working in Orange County, and have been in business for at least one year.

Organizations from across the county entered the two-part process to determine the Best Places to Work in Orange County. The first part consisted of evaluating each employer’s workplace policies, practices, and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 20% of the total evaluation.

The second part consisted of an anonymous employee survey to measure the employee experience. This part of the process was worth approximately 80% of the total evaluation. The combined scores determined the top organizations and the final ranking. Workforce Research Group managed the overall registration and survey process in Orange County and also analyzed the data, and used their expertise to determine the final ranking.

“I believe that a 40-hour work week in our office should mirror the family time spent at home. So we choose to be a second family for our employees. This means we care not only for the financial well-being of each employee but we also care for their health, personal well-being, and overall happiness. I consider this award to be my biggest accomplishment. It is a true testimony that my employees feel valued and cared for, how we’ve always intended.”

Fadi Cheikha, CEO, USAG Inc.

USAG makes efforts to promote employee well-being with supplemental paid time off called “Extreme Time Off” (ETO). Employees can use this time to serve alongside USAG’s non-profit Aiden Whisper, other local charities, community events, or for self-improvement days.

USAG also promotes self-improvement and healthy living by encouraging its employees to participate in physical fitness events such as company mobility challenges, marathons, 5ks, and more with sponsorships and paid ETO.

Additionally, its fully loaded onsite gym provides cardio and weight training access for all employees, their families, and their friends. Staff who participate in USAG mobility challenges are also rewarded with bonuses and company-paid vacations.

Employee benefits continue with an open office environment, contributions to an IRA plan, healthcare options that include a 100-percent employer-paid plan for the employee and eligible dependents, catered luncheons, six days of sick time, an average of 18.5 days of paid holiday time off, accrued PTO hours, and an additional seven days of flexible paid vacation time.

USAG is proud of its accomplishment this year as a Best Place to Work in Orange County in 2023.

The ranking of the winning organizations was released via a special section of the Orange County Business Journal’s July 3rd issue.

For more information on the survey process for the Best Places to Work in Orange County program, visit www.BestPlacestoWorkOrangeCounty.com.