How Relevant is Glassdoor Info when you are Quietly Thinking about Applying to a Job Posting? Get the Straight Scoop This Way:
So you are ready to make a career change. You are gainfully employed but you have had it with your boss OR long hours OR boring work OR lack of growth, whatever the case may be. You’re in luck, there is lots going on now in terms of career opportunities, BUT it is “the devil you know” when it comes to whether taking a new position will solve the issues that are causing you grief now.
Glassdoor and other sites are now aggregating responses from people who have worked for or interviewed at many employers. How do you use this data as a tool to decide whether to apply? I am fascinated by business models such as Yelp and Glassdoor -earn a profit by simply building and managing a platform that is populated with information on people’s experiences with businesses and employers. I advise taking more information into consideration when considering applying or not applying to a position with a company that has some negatives on sites like Glassdoor. It is different than getting a bad pedicure or eating a less-than-tasty meal.
Here are a few things to consider when using Glassdoor to get the scoop on a company you are considering applying to:
- • If you are seeing a lot of negatives on Glassdoor and you are applying for a Network Engineer position and the negatives are from people that worked in the warehouse, is that relevant to you? Negative feedback may be more common in high-turnover positions such as warehouse and customer service.
- • Is the company relatively young or fast growth and adjusting to that growth? ie: Tesla, Chewy.com, arguably Amazon.com (probably AWESOME companies but super-fast growth and trying to keep up with demand). Getting a job at one of these companies might allow for you to play a big part in the improvement of the organizational structure.
- • Are the comments around “management” and perhaps the root of that problem was solved? ie: bad manager was fired.
Further validate your findings by:
- • Researching public-facing accolades on the company you are considering. This is available in all markets through the local Business Journal, HR Associations and other publications. Google (your market) “Voted Best Place to Work……”, or check “INC Fastest Growing Company”, etc. If the company is growing quickly, something good is happening. The additional benefit for you will be to have all that additional information to help prepare for an interview!
- • Using your LinkedIn network to query people who have worked for, or know someone that worked for the company you are considering. Is their feedback consistent with what you are seeing on Glassdoor? *This is the most effective way to get to the heart of the matter.
- • Actually applying and interviewing. What is the culture and environment like? What are the company values and how do they stack up with your own personal values? What is the direct manager’s style? What is the average tenure of the team? What are the long term prospects of the industry the company is in?