Each of our reviews, scores, and rankings is derived from our proprietary Ranking Criteria™. We do not have any relationships with companies that guarantee position, rank or score—and we never will. Like many sites, we are compensated through affiliate relationships with each company we review; however, our Ranking Criteria™, along with real customer reviews from people like you, ensure we remain honest and unbiased. Read on to discover more about how user review moderation and expert scoring is processed or select an industry to see our full ranking criteria.

How we rank for

15% Price

Each company has its own pricing options and fees. We evaluate this factor based on how much “bang for your buck” you get – meaning more benefits and more membership features at a lower price equal a higher score.
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It’s the tried and true that have been around for a while that provide the stability and trust customers need. This is why time in business is such an important factor in our ranking criteria.

15% Clothing Options

Children grow fast and participate in different activities every day. The outfit they wear to school may not be the outfit the wear to run around the neighborhood. The website you use to buy your children clothing needs to be ready to cater to both genders and a variety of activities. You want you children to have clothing that fits well and is stylish.

15% Special Deals

This is separate from price because we want to reward companies who not only have great prices but also go out of their way to offer special deal to their customers. We rank depending on how frequently deals happen and how good they are.

15% Guarantees/Warranties

A very important subject for most consumers when buying anything is the product or service guarantee. However, offering a guarantee is one thing and actually getting your money back is another. Know that each guarantee can be very different. Be sure to read the fine print and make sure it’s not just an empty selling point.

15% Negative Reputation

A company’s reputation can be easily tarnished online by past customers and competitors. We do our homework to ensure this criteria is thoroughly investigated and accurate. This criterion is based on a 10-point scale. Our team thoroughly investigates the reputation of each company and then assigns a score based on its reputation, 1 being the best reputation and 10 being the worst reputation.

10% Stability Score

We look at the legal history and financial stability of each company. This metric takes into consideration any bankruptcies, class action lawsuits, government lawsuits, or government investigations a company has had in the last five years.

15% Consumer Reviews

This site is designed to let consumers share their experiences. Given our expertise in many industries and the knowledge that we have gained over the years, we know that some of the most important opinions come from real customers. That is why we have allocated so much of our overall rating to the voice of our validated customer reviews. The Consumer Reviews Score is broken down into three metrics:

  1. The Average User Score
  2. Total Number of Reviews
  3. Total Number of Reviews in the last 12 months

These 3 metrics not only help us understand what consumers are saying, they also help us gain an understanding of volume and recency. All of which are critical to understanding the value of a company in the eyes of the consumer.

Note: this is different from the user score that is displayed on each company profile. The “user score” that is publicly displayed is the average of all user scores published for a given profile.

User Review Moderation

In order to prevent fake and misleading user reviews, BestCompany.com has a review moderation team specifically assigned to moderating all user reviews for all companies listed on the site. This team follows a very specific and strict moderation process that has been designed by gathering learnings from mistakes other major review sites have made in the past.

This moderation process involves a “flag” system where a flag is assessed for each negative attribute associated with a user review. Too many flags result in a disapproval of a user review. Some of the things our moderation staff looks for and assigns potential flags to include:

  • Email address verification of the user
  • IP address duplication and region check
  • User review semantic verification
  • Is the user an employee of the organization?
  • Is the user associated with a competitor of the organization?
  • Foul language of any kind
  • Relevance of the content pertaining to the company and the review

As you can probably tell, we take our user review moderation process very seriously. We believe accuracy and authenticity is critical when it comes to user reviews, and as a result we are constantly finding new ways to evolve our user moderation process to make it better. Please note that while we do our best to manually moderate each and every user review, mistakes can be made; however, our dedication to resolving errors in our process is what sets us apart from other review sites in the industry.

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