Is your company an amazing place to work? If so, find out how your company can qualify for a Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award for the Best Places to Work in 2021. Today, Glassdoor is excited to share the 2021 awards criteria to help employees and employers better understand what it takes to be considered.
Unlike other workplace awards, there is no self-nomination process and no cost involved. To win a Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award, winners are determined solely based on feedback provided by those who really know a company best — the employees. If employees don’t share reviews on Glassdoor during the year-long eligibility timeframe, an employer can not be considered. That’s why we encourage all employees to share a review on Glassdoor.
For the Employees’ Choice Awards recognizing the Best Places to Work in 2021, Glassdoor will feature six distinct categories in five countries. For each category, company reviews and ratings from current and former employees will be considered if submitted between October 22, 2019 and October 19, 2020. Reviews submitted after October 19, 2020, will not be considered for the 2021 awards.
While Glassdoor accepts reviews from former employees within five years of leaving a company, for the Employees’ Choice Awards, only reviews from former employees who have left the company in 2020 or 2019 will be considered. In addition, each list of winners is based solely on local employee feedback shared on Glassdoor. For example, reviews from U.S.-based employees will be used to determine if an employer is eligible for a U.S. list, while reviews from UK-based employees will be used to determine if an employer is eligible for the UK list. An employer can win a Best Places to Work award in multiple countries.
Only Glassdoor reviews are considered for Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Awards.
To determine the winners in 2021, quantity, quality and consistency of reviews will be taken into account during the eligibility time frame. The following information sheds more light on these three areas:
- For quantity of reviews, a minimum number of ratings are required across eight workplace attributes that employees can rate when submitting a company review on Glassdoor. They include overall company rating, career opportunities, compensation and benefits, culture and values, senior management, work-life balance, recommend to a friend and six-month business outlook. If there are not enough ratings across any of these eight workplace attributes, a company will not be considered. These eight workplace attributes will be taken into consideration as part of Glassdoor’s proprietary algorithm, created by Glassdoor’s Economic Research team, to determine winners.
To be considered for a specific category, an employer must meet the following requirements during the eligibility time frame:
100 Best Places to Work – U.S. large companies: At least 75 ratings across the eight workplace attributes from U.S.-based employees; at least 1,000 employees at the end of the eligibility time frame.
50 Best Places to Work – U.S. small and medium companies: At least 30 ratings across the eight workplace attributes from U.S.-based employees; fewer than 1,000 employees at the end of the eligibility time frame.
25 Best Places to Work – Canada: At least 25 ratings across the eight workplace attributes from Canada-based employees; at least 1,000 employees at the end of the eligibility time frame.
50 Best Places to Work – UK: At least 30 ratings across the eight workplace attributes from UK-based employees; at least 1,000 employees at the end of the eligibility time frame.
25 Best Places to Work – France: At least 20 ratings across the eight workplace attributes from France-based employees; at least 1,000 employees at the end of the eligibility time frame.
25 Best Places to Work – Germany: At least 20 ratings across the eight workplace attributes from Germany-based employees; at least 1,000 employees at the end of the eligibility time frame.
For all categories, an employer must also have at least a 3.5 overall company rating on Glassdoor, and workplace factor ratings (career opportunities, compensation and benefits, culture and values, senior management, work-life balance) of at least 2.5 during the eligibility period. Plus, employee count must be current on Glassdoor as of October 19, 2020. The Glassdoor review panel will rely on the company ‘size,’ indicating the current number of global employees, on an employer’s Overview page on Glassdoor to help assess eligibility. Employers have until October 19, 2020 to update company ‘size’ on their Glassdoor profile with a Free Employer Account. The awards also take into account various types of employment status including full-time, part-time, contract and freelance, however, intern reviews are not considered. Reviews from employees at universities, multi-level marketing agencies and in the armed forces are not considered.
- For quality of reviews, Glassdoor’s proprietary awards algorithm also takes into account what employees have to say that shows winners truly outshine the rest. Quality reviews are those that help job seekers by offering insights and feedback into what it’s really like to work at a company, including what’s working well, what needs improvement and advice to senior management, which employees are asked to share when completing a company review.
- For consistency of reviews, Glassdoor’s proprietary awards algorithm also looks at trends over time as they relate to both quantitative and qualitative insights shared by employees.
In some cases, if an employer lacks quality and/or consistency of reviews, it can impact results and/or eligibility. Tip: We encourage employers to check out free resources into best practices of Best Places to Work winners to learn more.
2021 winners will be announced in early December 2020.