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Glassdoor Announces Awards Criteria for the Best Places to Work 2023

Posted by Glassdoor Team

Career Advice Experts

Last Updated August 4, 2022
|5 min read

Is your company a fantastic place to work? If so, find out how you can qualify for a Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award for the Best Places to Work 2023.

What to know about the Best Places to Work:

Unlike other workplace awards, there is no self-nomination process and no cost involved. Winners are determined solely based on reviews provided by those who know a company best — the employees.

The Best Places to Work 2023 will feature six categories across five countries. Company reviews and ratings from current and former employees submitted between October 19, 2021, and October 17, 2022, will be considered for each category. Reviews and ratings submitted after October 17, 2022, will not be eligible for the 2023 awards.

While Glassdoor accepts reviews from former employees within five years of leaving a company, the Best Places to Work 2023 will only consider reviews from those who left the company in 2022 or 2021.

The winners of the six categories are 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 for the UK list. An employer can win a Best Places to Work award in multiple countries.

Eligibility Requirements for the Best Places to Work:

To determine the winners of the Best Places to Work 2023, Glassdoor’s proprietary algorithm, created by Glassdoor’s Economic Research team, considers the quantity, quality, and consistency of employee reviews during the eligibility time frame.

1. For the quantity of reviews, a minimum number of ratings are required across nine 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, diversity and inclusion, senior management, work-life balance, recommend to a friend, and six-month business outlook. A company will not be eligible if there are not enough ratings across all of these workplace attributes. 

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 nine 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 nine 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 nine 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 nine 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 nine 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 nine 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 have at least a 3.5 overall company rating on Glassdoor and workplace factor ratings (career opportunities, compensation, and benefits, culture and values, diversity and inclusion, senior management, work-life balance) of at least 2.5 during the eligibility period. 

Glassdoor will rely on the company ‘size,’ indicating the current number of global employees, on an employer’s Overview page to help assess eligibility. Employers have until October 17, 2022, 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 also not considered. 

2. For the quality of reviews, Glassdoor’s proprietary awards algorithm considers what employees have to say about employers. 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 (Pros), what needs improvement (Cons), and advice to senior management, which employees are asked to share when completing a company review.

3. For the 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.

Commitment to integrity for all employers: 

As part of determining award winners, Glassdoor is committed to the highest level of data integrity and reviews quality, including considering all employers who meet the eligibility requirements, regardless of whether they are customers of Glassdoor. An employer may be excluded from awards consideration if Glassdoor suspects and/or determines official company representatives have attempted to influence employee reviews or have tampered with the process of collecting authentic, unbiased reviews, including intentional or unintentional acts that violate the Glassdoor Community Guidelines and/or Terms of Use. Exclusion from eligibility can be triggered by such acts as, but not limited to, management (1) attempts to leave false reviews, (2) coercion of employees to submit positive reviews, (3) attempts to suppress reviews or other activities and/or events which could ultimately damage employees' faith in the employer, its senior leadership and/or adversely affect its overall rating on Glassdoor. 

Best Places to Work 2023 winners will be announced in January 2023. 

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