Glassdoor is a website which is designed to help you choose and build your career. It’s an online community which allows users to share experiences and salaries about their place of work with fellow users. It also allows users to search for companies and professions to get an idea of salaries and other specific information for free. Glassdoor is useful for job seekers, employers, recruiters and employees who want to find out what people really think about the places that they work. Unlike hearing about these experiences third hand they are much more likely to be true. These are unedited and should be truthful events; however attaching peoples email addresses to comments might make it slightly less useful. Competitors of Glassdoor include Telonu and EmployerRap.
Glassdoor was founded in June 2007 by Robert Hohman, Tim Besse and Richard Barton. The public beta of the site was launched in June 2008. The company is based in California and has received over $9 million in funding from various sources, including $3 million from Benchmark Capital.
The idea of the site is that people will not be held accountable for their opinions. However because the comments are linked with the users email address it may be possible for people to identify you. This limits the usefulness of the site because people may be cautious about telling the whole truth. Glassdoor is completely free for everyone to use.
The site has a nice clean design which is very easy to use, to start you simply need to enter a company name or job title into the search box. You can then choose whether you want to find out about peoples opinions and experiences or their salaries. Being able to find out how a company treats their employees before deciding whether or not to work there can be wonderful, especially if you are considering whether or not you want to give up your current job. It’s also possible to check out reviews of some of the most popular companies and find out why they are so popular and why people like to work for them.
It’s possible to search for companies without registering for an account, however registering for an account is free and also makes it possible to leave your own comments and also comment on other peoples views. To sign up you will first need to review your current or past employer. You will then have to fill out a questionnaire giving your views about your employer. Once you have reviewed your employer you can then fill out your registration form. It does feel although you are being forced to review your employer rather than letting you sign up and do it later, but it’s no real problem. You will be sent an email which you will need to read and click a link inside to confirm your address. After you have finished that you will be invited to talk about your current job title and your experiences.
Glassdoor is free to use, you can also register for an account for free. The site does have a few adverts on it but these are not excessive.
Glassdoor is ideal for anyone who wants to find out about a particular job or company. It’s ideal for employers and also employees who want to consider where they want to work.