Interested in working for a company? You may want to do a little digging first. This is a guide that will teach how and where to find information on a company, which will help you decide whether that company is really the best fit for you.
Best Sleuthing Tactics:
Employer review sites like Glassdoor provides a lot of details from people who had firsthand experience with the company, from interview questions to company culture and politics to current management issues.
Glassdoor is by far the most comprehensive and up to date employee / employer review site. Generally, the reviews are constructive; a few were derogatory. Keep in mind, these reviews might have been written by disgruntled employees. Use your judgment to determine which reviews to consider. Similar to shopping online, people tend to give more weight towards the most damning review but, very few give thought to the person behind the review.
Vault, a popular site for employees, the downside is the limited visibility and the information is too dated.
Indeed company reviews have been gaining some traction. Each job posting has a star rating beside the company name.
- Frequent turnovers and layoffs
- Management issues and changes, no matter your seniority level, if there are management issues, there will always be the trickledown effect.
- Career advancement opportunities
- Company culture and politics
- Look for reviews that are within your department and seniority level.
Linkedin is a great place to investigate company’s past and current employees. It is not an employer review site however; it is a valuable tool to find information specific to the department and position you will be working in.
- How long have employees remained within the same position
- Their tasks and accomplishments, projects
- Was there a lot of turnover, do they have a large department
- Promotions and movements
By HENRY GOLDBECK, President of Goldbeck Recruiting