Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter provides a review of Glassdoor.com and the services it provides.
I’m here today with a review of glassdoor.com; I’m looking at the web-based version of the site, not the mobile version and I’m going to do a review of the website and the content it provides.
Like many sites, glassdoor.com carries job listings. That is certainly useful and there are a million places to get job listings from. This is a decent place to do it. However, the place where I believe the site has its greatest value is in the employee reviews IF YOU LOOK AT THEM THROUGH THE CORRECT EYES.
Generally, there are 3 types of reviews here. The 1st is the very disgruntled employee.. “This place is awful. The management is terrible.” In other words, all the complainers and whiners. You have to look at those reviews and strip out the emotional tone to them. These are people who failed with the organization. That’s the way it is. Is there a colonel in the air that is useful to you? Is there something written there. That is confirmed by someone else?
Sometimes, they are reviews in there that seem like they were stacked by management. I looked in a review for former employer of mine and it was almost a verbatim lien from what recruiting firms always say. “You get what you put into it!” Baloney. You can look at some of the reviews that describe the firm as being perfect, idyllic and wonderful, management is spectacular… Throw them out. Don’t even bother.
Then there are reviews that are very textured and measured in what they say and they are not 2 lines of fluff or 2 lines of hatred. Those are the perfect ones to read.
There is another feature that I think is very useful and that is the one where there are users who have provided insights into interviews and how firms conduct their interviews. I took a look at 2 of my clients. There, in the reviews were pretty accurate. Are they always going to be accurate? No. After all, for example, one hiring manager trying to hire a developer will ask different questions that another hiring manager trying to hire a developer. But can you see a pattern? What is the firm trying to evaluate and assess for?
There are many jobs for which no interview data is provided, but the ones that are may be very useful to you in your preparation for the interviews you’re going to go on.
Do you really think employers are trying to help you?
You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell you as much as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.
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