best startup employers

For the third year running, Emissary has been recognized as one of America’s Best Startup Employers by Forbes.

“We are honored to be proactively recognized by Forbes as we continue to obsessively focus on our culture and people”, states Allen Mueller, CEO of Emissary.

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Forbes, in partnership with market research company Statista, compiled the list by evaluating 2,500 U.S. businesses with at least 50 employees on three criteria:

  1. Reputation as an employer (measured via the KPIs of the social listening campaign in blogs, news, social media).
  2. Employee satisfaction (measured via the KPIs average relative tenure and employee reviews).
  3. Growth (measured via the KPIs headcount, traffic and job openings).

Eight million datapoints were gathered via a social listening campaign and extensive desk research.

Statista considered any company founded between 2012 and 2019 that has at least 50 employees to be a startup. The final list ranks 500 employers, of which Emissary ranked #244 in 2022.


To determine the list, Statista identified 2,500 American businesses that had been founded between 2012 and 2019 and employ at least 50 people. All companies considered had been started from scratch and not spun out of existing enterprises. Statista evaluated each organization based on three criteria, the first being employer reputation. The firm reviewed articles, blogs and social media posts pertaining to each employer, searching for specific phrases, such as “corporate culture” and “employee engagement.” Statista then assessed employee satisfaction, evaluating online reviews, as well as growth, examining the organizations’ website traffic and headcounts over a two-year period. The final list ranks the 500 employers that boast the best employer reputations, employee satisfaction and growth.

About Emissary

Every sales or marketing plan depends on your team’s knowledge about the prospect and their industry. To be successful, you need the detailed business insights only an Emissary Advisor can give you.

Emissary Advisors can share details you’ll never find on a corporate research website. They know what the culture is like, how the c-suite prefers to do business, where the hidden influencers lie, and most importantly, what they expect from a partner.

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