Employer Branding Online Awards

The Employer Branding Online Awards looks into how companies measure up against the needs of prospective and current employees in an increasingly mobile and social online landscape.


Our view is that even in times of economic difficulty, companies need to build an employer brand online: the challenge lies in moving beyond a mere recruitment-based approach towards strategic use of digital tools – the corporate website and social media – to boost reputation both in the marketplace for talent and in the online world generally.

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How the research works


In line with Lundquist’s user-centric vision, the Employer Branding Online Awards is firmly grounded in the needs and habits of jobseekers and professionals: our survey in 2011 drew 450 responses from 57 countries.


This input allows us to develop an evaluation protocol of 57 criteria, which are used to rate a company’s online employer branding with a score out of 100. The criteria are grouped into four parts:

  • Proposition – what information does the company provide about itself and its workforce, the benefits provided to employees and its position on issues of ethics and corporate responsibility?
  • Application process – the nerve centre of every recruitment website is assessed in terms of the information provided before an application is made, searching for vacancies and the application itself
  • User experience – investigating the quality of usability and navigation as well as a the strength of visual communications
  • Social media and mobile experience – how well does the company leverage social media for its employer branding messages and serve users navigating on mobile devices?


Recognition is also given to commendable content or features that go beyond the evaluation criteria. At the same time, a system of penalty points punishes common flaws in online communications such as poor information architecture, menu structure and usability.


At a glance: the 2nd edition of the research (2012)

  • 450+ responses to survey of professionals and potential candidates in 57 countries
  • 57 evaluation criteria grouped into 13 sections
  • 2 major rankings published: top 100 companies in Europe and top 100 firms in Italy
  • 6 pillars of effective online employer branding: comprehensive, integrated, user friendly, engaging, concrete and targeted


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Latest news

Getting left behind? CSR communications in Switzerland undermined by low transparency

The performance of Swiss companies in the 7th edition of the CSR Online Awards is undermined by a lack of transparency, an issue that has not improved since our previous edition of the research two years ago.


The top of the ranking of 57 leading Swiss companies – published today in association with Bilanz magazine – remains little changed from the past. Nestlé maintains its dominance in the top spot (63.5 points), comfortably beating Roche (55.25) and Credit Suisse (52.5) into 2nd and 3rd place respectively. But the wider picture is marred by the fact that a majority of the companies we studied don’t meet basic levels of non-financial transparency on environmental, social and governance topics, either online or in formal reports.

Deadline for Webranking evaluations set for Aug. 31

On Thursday August 31st we will be closing the 2017-2018 edition of Webranking for the year, the annual ranking measuring the quality of online financial and corporate communications. The Italian, Swiss, and Austrian editions of Webranking by Comprend are carried out and coordinated by Lundquist.


This is the last call for companies to notify us of any significant changes made to their websites during the month of August, by sending us, via e-mail, a list of links to the pages that have been altered.


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