Nominations for the San Diego Business Journal’s Best Places to Work Awards are now open.

The annual recognition program, related supplement and event feature the region’s most highly ranked companies as reviewed by their own employees.

Criteria for consideration include work environment, benefits and wellness priorities, career and education advancement opportunities, community involvement and internal communication.

A record 85 companies that vied for the awards in 2012 were evaluated by a panel of regional business executives.

Nominations will remain open until April 12. The awards presentation and special supplement are slated for Aug. 8 and 12, respectively.

For more information and to enter a nomination: