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Awarding Excellence in Company Culture


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 2023 Applications are now closed. Sign up to receive notifications for 2024.


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Application Guide

Get the recognition your remarkable company deserves—now more than ever. 

Great entrepreneurs embrace change. So it’s no surprise that entrepreneurial organizations are redefining what it means to be a great workplace. 

Not that long ago, the term “best workplace” might have called to mind an open-office design with a stocked fridge and mindfulness pods. But now that work is remote for many firms, “best workplaces” means having the best company culture, whether a team operates in a physical or a virtual facility. 

Inc. Best Workplaces awards the company cultures that thrive in the face of adversity. Cultures that, in response to a pandemic, redefine the workplace and continue to enrich it. Cultures that foster employee growth and advancement at all levels. Cultures that make their company truly worthy of being named one of Inc.’s Best Workplaces. 

Apply today to be recognized as a place where people love to work, one that sets the standard for excellence in company culture. All applicants will receive a valuable company-overview report offering actionable insights on your company’s strength.

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To be eligible for a 2023 Inc. Best Workplaces award, your company must submit an application, complete the Quantum Workplace employee survey, and meet each of the following qualifications:

  • Be independent (not a subsidiary or division of another company)
  • Be based in the United States
  • Have at least 5 permanent employees
  • Have been in business at least 2 years
  • Have total annual revenue less than $1 billion

There are a few limited exceptions to the qualifications. Please email our team with any questions: bestworkplaces@inc.com.

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Why Apply?

For nearly 40 years, Inc. magazine has been devoted to recognizing America’s most dynamic businesses and honoring the great things they do. Last year, more than 400 companies made the cut and were honored as a Best Place to Work in our print magazine and on Inc.com. Honorees in 2023 will enjoy the following benefits:

National Recognition

Be honored as an employer of choice, and elevate your firm’s brand as an employer.

Invaluable Insights

Learn what your employees are really thinking with a company overview filled with valuable information you can use to improve your day-to-day operations and workplace environment.

Visibility & Media Exposure

Be featured in the May/June 2023 issue of Inc. magazine, get a dedicated company profile on Inc.com, and receive national and local coverage from the likes of Yahoo! Finance and Businesswire.

One-Year Subscription

As part of your application, you will receive a one-year subscription to Inc. magazine, the leading business publication with news, tools, and advice to help your company continue to succeed.

Greater Productivity & Retention

Drive engagement and the enthusiasm of your current employees while sending a clear message that your company’s culture is a primary strategic priority. Improve recruiting opportunities with prospective employees.

Be proud of the workplace you’ve created. Take a few minutes to apply and let Inc. magazine declare your company one of the best places to work in America.

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Want increased recognition?

Be honored as an Inc. Best Workplace in special category lists* exclusively comparing your company against its peers! When you apply to Inc. Best Workplaces, you may also apply to any of these category-specific lists for a chance at additional recognition. Each category is an additional fee.  

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Years in Business


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Revenue Range

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Employee Count

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Regional Categories (New for 2023)

Companies can apply for consideration as a top businesses in one of these regions: Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Northeast, Pacific, Rocky Mountain, Southeast, Southwest.

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Editor's List

Even more chances for increased recognition! The Inc. Best Workplaces list is created in partnership with Quantum Workplace and honorees are selected based on your employee feedback. For the Best Workplaces Editors List*, entries are evaluated exclusively by Inc. editors. This is a chance for you to tell our editors in your own words what makes your company great — and a chance at more recognition.

Companies applying to the Editors List must answer two questions in addition to meeting the requirements for the general Best Workplaces list. There is a separate fee to apply to the Editors List.


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How It Works



Apply: Take your first step toward recognition and receiving invaluable insights on how you can make your workplace even better.  
Extended Application Deadline: Friday, February 10, 2023 ($395)


Complete the Employee Survey: Your employees will respond to the Quantum Workplace Best Places to Work survey. The number of employees that respond to the survey, along with an audit of the organization’s benefits, are used to determine the company’s overall score and ranking. The number of employees required to complete the survey is based on your company size.
Survey deadline: February 17, 2023.


2023 Best Workplaces Honorees Announced: The list goes live on Inc.com in early May 2023 and will be featured in the May/June print issue. All applicants will be notified via email in late April if they have made the list or not. Every applicant, no matter if they make the list or not, will also receive a customized company culture snapshot report, based on employee feedback.

*To apply to the 2023 Best Workplaces categories lists or to the Editors List, applicants must apply to the general Best Workplaces list.