America's Best Small Employers 2023

Based on over 300,000 datapoints, America’s Best Small Employers (defined as having between 200 and 1000 employees) are awarded for the first time in cooperation with Forbes.

List of America's Best Small Employers 2023

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The “Winner’s Portal” for award-winning companies offers a unique overview of the use of the official employer certificate as well as the terms and conditions and a personal contact.

The Project

The ranking for America’s Best Small Employers 2023 is based on a combination of data: employer reputation collected using a social listening approach, recommendations collected from employees, as well as recommendations given by the public. To determine and award the top performing small employers, more than 2000 companies were selected with in-depth analysis and evaluated on the three areas (company’s reputation, employees’ recommendations and public perception).

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Companies evaluated


Companies awarded



Our scoring model is based on independently collected data on small employers in the USA. The data is divided into three assessment areas (company’s reputation, employees’ recommendations, and public perception).

Score breakdown




The employee surveys conducted by Statista R are carried out independently of the potentially awarded employer brands. This reduces distortion of the results that could arise from non-anonymous surveys (e.g. social desirability in response behavior). The focus on willingness to recommend and on general questions about working conditions allows for comparability across heterogeneous sectors.

Data Collection

For data collection, Statista R programs detailed online questionnaires that ask survey participants about work-related topics. Statista R works with leading online access panels worldwide to identify suitable participants. During the survey, the incoming evaluations are checked for quality & validity (interview length, variances, inconsistencies) and sorted accordingly.


For the evaluation, Statista R applies a scoring model that primarily relies on the direct and indirect evaluation of the respondents. This includes both the evaluation of the respondent’s own employer as well as the evaluation of other employers from the same industry.

Quality Assurance

For each potential award-winning employer brand, the number of employees and the headquarters in the respective country are researched. This step serves as quality assurance and is presented as information in the publication.

A detailed report on our methodology for the “ America's Best Small Employers 2023” is available.

Our Partner

Forbes Media is a global media, branding and technology company, with a focus on news and information concerning business, investing, technology, entrepreneurship, leadership and affluent lifestyles. The company publishes Forbes, Forbes Asia, and Forbes Europe magazines as well as

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Evan Tobias

Director of Licensing - Americas
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