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Glassdoor Announces Awards Criteria for the Best Places to Work in 2018

Is your company a Best Place to Work? If so, you can help your company win a 2018 Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award for the Best Places to Work.

Today, Glassdoor is excited to share 2018 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 costs involved. To win a Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award, winners are determined 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 cannot be considered. That’s why we encourage all employees to share a review today.

For the 2018 Employees’ Choice Awards recognising the Best Places to Work, Glassdoor will feature six distinct categories in multiple countries. For each category, company reviews and ratings from current and former employees will be considered between 1 November, 2016 and 22 October, 2017. Reviews submitted after 22 October, 2017 will not be considered for the 2018 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 2017 or 2016 will be considered.

In addition, each list of winners is based on local-employee feedback shared on Glassdoor. For example, reviews from US-based employees will be used to determine if an employer is eligible for a US 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 Place to Work award in multiple countries.

To determine the 2018 winners, quantity, quality and consistency of reviews will be taken into account during the eligibility timeframe. The following information sheds more light on these three areas:

1. For quantity of reviews, a minimum number of ratings are required across eight workplace attributes that employees can rate when submitting a company review. They include overall company rating, career opportunities, compensation & benefits, culture & 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 all be taken into account as part of Glassdoor’s proprietary algorithm to determine winners, led by Glassdoor’s data science team.

To be considered for a specific category, an employer must meet the following requirements during the eligibility timeframe:

100 Best Places to Work – US large companies: At least 75 ratings across the eight workplace attributes from US-based employees; At least 1,000 employees at the end of the eligibility timeframe.

50 Best Places to Work – US small & medium companies: At least 25 ratings across the eight workplace attributes from US-based employees; Less than 1,000 employees at the end of the eligibility timeframe.

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 timeframe.

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 timeframe.

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 timeframe.

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 timeframe.

For all categories, an employer must also have at least a 3.5 overall company rating, and workplace factor ratings (career opportunities, compensation & benefits, culture & values, senior management, work/life balance) of at least 2.8 during the eligibility period. Plus, employee count must be current on Glassdoor as of 22 October, 2017. The Glassdoor review panel will rely on employee ‘size’ on an employer’s Overview page to help assess eligibility. Employers have until 22 October, 2017 to update employee 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 company reviews are not considered.

2. For quality of reviews, Glassdoor’s proprietary awards algorithm also takes into account what employees have said that shows winners truly outshine the rest in the eyes of their employees. 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.

3. For consistency of reviews, Glassdoor’s proprietary awards algorithm also looks at trends over time as it relates to both the 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.

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 treating all employers equal regardless of whether they are a customer of Glassdoor. If the Glassdoor eligibility panel 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, an employer may be excluded from awards consideration. Exclusion from eligibility can be triggered by such acts as, but not limited to, management attempting to leave false reviews, management coercion of employees to submit positive 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. A best practice is to ask employees to leave an unbiased review every 12 months.  

2018 winners will be announced in early December 2017.

Want more information? Check out last year’s winners, free employer resources and award FAQs.

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