Top Leadership at Small and Midsize Companies, Per Comparably

24. Eargo

Photo of Eargo CEO

Christian Gormsen, CEO of Eargo.

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Industry: Medical devices

Employee quote: “They put serious effort into keeping me informed and made to feel I am a valued member of the team.”

23. Everlight Solar

Everlight Solar

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Industry: Solar energy

Employee quote: “The vulnerability and wisdom they share based off real experiences. They’re not just preaching, they’re sharing and relating to help grow our mindset and rewire our way to lead our team better.”

22. Armorblox

Armorblox CEO

DJ Sampath, CEO of Armorblox.

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Industry: Software cybersecurity

Employee quote: “Leadership is very personable and care greatly about the company. Always looking to improve.”


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Industry: Tech

Employee quote: “They are humble, and open to feedback and being challenged. They are also empathetic and great mentors.”

20. Alida

Ross Wainwright wearing a suit.

Ross Wainwright, CEO of Alida.

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Industry: Computer software

Employee quote: “They listen, continuously engage, and actively do what they can to empower employees — it’s not a them vs us thing. We’re all in this together and they make that fairly transparent!”

19. Nature’s Sunshine Products

Nature's Sunshine Products

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Industry: Consumer goods

Employee quote: “They are great coaches. They help to develop others to succeed in their roles and prepare for future roles.”

18. APS Payroll

Aaron Johnson

Aaron Johnson, president of APS.

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Industry: HR software

Employee quote: “They value the input of their employees and make decisions based on our best interest and the interest of the company.”

17. Stack Overflow

Stack Overflow CEO

Prashanth Chandrasekar, CEO of Stack Overflow.

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Industry: Technology

Employee quote: “I love how smart, driven, and empathetic our leadership team is — I feel like I can truly trust them with my career and the direction Stack is going. They are open to feedback, consistently push us to be the best versions of ourselves, and lead by example.”


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Industry: AI/enterprise software

Employee quote: “’s leadership team is incredibly transparent compared to other organizations I’ve worked at in the past. They genuinely care about the team, and are leading the company in the right direction.”



Ganesh Shankar, CEO of RFPIO.

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Industry: Computer software

Employee quote: “Leadership team is hands-on, practical and long-term thinkers.”

13. Therapy Brands

Therapy Brands team

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Industry: Healthcare

Employee quote: “Their empathy, excitement, energy, and enthusiasm for the subject matter are contagious and it is obvious that the priority is taking care of the client to help support their patients and practices. And that ‘teamwork makes the dreamwork’ is the lay of the land!”

12. Nylas

Nylas CEO

Gleb Polyakov, CEO of Nylas.

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Industry: Computer software

Employee quote: “They seem to have a cohesive and strong vision for both the company product and culture. It’s really easy to get on board with such a passionate team.”

11. Namely

Namely CEO

Larry Dunivan, CEO of Namely.

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Industry: HR software

Employee quote: “I like that each person in leadership has taken the time to personally meet with me whether via a group meeting or individually to introduce themselves. And to let me know that I can reach out to them if I need them for anything.”

10. Optomi

Chuck Ruggiero

Chuck Ruggiero, CEO of Optomi.

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Industry: IT, staffing, and recruiting

Employee quote: “They are incredibly welcoming and want you to succeed. They root for you to do well and provide very helpful feedback in order to make sure you are feeling confident in the work you are doing. They are also funny and kind people.”

9. Class

Company Class

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Industry: Technology

Employee quote: “I believe in the knowledge of the leadership team. They bring a lot of experience in education and technology to our team.”

8. Sila Nanotechnologies

Sila Nanotechnologies CEO

Gene Berdichevsky, CEO of Sila Nanotechnologies.

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Industry: Electrical and electronic manufacturing

Employee quote: “The leadership team is transparent about sharing company goals, information communicated to key stakeholders, and company strategy.”

7. TextNow

TextNow CEO Derek Ting

Derek Ting, CEO of TextNow

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Industry: Telecommunications

Employee quote: “There is a solid mixture of long tenure and newer leadership which both bring historical experience and industry experience to TextNow to help us become more successful as an organization.”

More about this ranking and the top companies that made the list

Comparably uses anonymous rankings left on the site to come up with rankings like the one above. The latest ranking looks at reviews from employees regarding different leaders at their workplace.

“Comparably’s 5th annual Best Leadership Teams is derived from employees who anonymously rated their CEOs, executive leaders, and direct managers on over a 12-month period,” Comparably wrote about how they analyze the top teams for this ranking.

Top teams part of the small and midsize employer ranking — employers with no more than 500 employees —  included some in technology or software. That includes the team at TheoremOne, which Comparably noted as part of the technology industry, and Copper Mobile, which Comparably says is part of web design.

Insider has previously rounded up reporting on how to become a good manager as well. This includes avoiding biases in the hiring process, ways to get respect when you are starting out as a new leader at the business, and what questions you should ask during employee check ins.

The companies’ industries and anonymous worker quotes were shared with Insider from Comparably. The top 25 and the other companies that made the list can be found on Comparably.

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