Review: Glassdoor.com

If you haven’t checked out Glassdoor and you’re job searching, you should probably stop everything and go there right now! Just kidding, I’d love if you stick around.  Here is my review on Glassdoor, this site really has a lot of pro’s and just a few con’s.

The idea of Glassdoor is to be able to see job postings, reviews, salaries, and interview notes.  I will step you through my thoughts on each.  I will give them a rating out of 5 stars (1 being bad and 5 being awesome) and explain why they received the ratings they did.

Job Postings: ✩✩

Compared to other sites, I wouldn’t really bother using this site to look at job postings.  The site usually recommended positions and companies I wasn’t really interested in or that weren't in my area of interest.  I’m not sure where they pull these postings from but I would say that these are very limiting and a lot of them looked like sales jobs, or scams in my opinion.  It would be easier to find jobs off a company's website, LinkedIn or Indeed (reviews to come).

Company Reviews: ✩✩✩✩  ½

These reviews gave me a lot of insight into companies as a whole, as a person on the outside looking in.  Now I must say you should read these reviews with a grain of salt, because they can be given by people who may have left the company for some ill reason and have had a bad experience they want to share.  After leaving an interview I use to see if the reviews matched up to the feelings I had on the company.  For example, if I thought the company really pushed the employees too hard and gave very little reward, there were often reviews that mentioned something along the same lines.  It can really give you a feel for company culture, the perks, or downsides of working at that company.  This is extremely valuable since it can be difficult to find these things out during an interview.  I’d recommend that you write reviews on your past employers to help future candidates like it did for me.

Salaries: ✩✩✩✩ ½ 

This section generally helps with managing expectations. It helps you see what other people are getting, or ballpark what your salary may be.  It may even help on your negotiating.  Remember that there can be outliers, and you have to base your salary expectations on the company, your skills, and past experience.

Interview Notes: ✩✩✩

This section is usually sparse compared to the others, but this helps you to get a feel of what the company’s process is for interviews.  You’ll be able to get an idea of how many rounds there will be and response time. Some even mention questions others were asked during the interview, so read and prepare! 

Overall: ✩✩✩✩

Overall I’d give Glassdoor 4 stars.  They offer you something very unique, a look inside a company without stepping foot in the building.  There are pros and cons for whoever or whatever you are looking for, things you may never know that could either win you over or steer you away. Some people even post about benefits and everything is anonymous.  There are some downsides like job postings but there are other sites for that.

Use Your Resources

I know that everyone says things like, "the world is at your fingertips" after graduating, entering that next chapter of your life, or working towards any life goal. It's also true when job searching, even if you are feeling discouraged, it's true.  There are a million and one different websites and resources that can be used when job searching.  There are groups, forums, and networking events all the time, its just a matter of finding them.  Here are my top three online resources when job searching: LinkedIn, Indeed and Glassdoor. 

1. LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a great resource for many reasons.  It is a way to research companies, see if you have connections, find job postings, even find companies you didn't know about. I would research agencies in Cincinnati and when I got to the page of one company, LinkedIn recommends or shows similar results in the right margin.  This is a great tool when looking within a certain type of industry and is much more targeted than Google searches.  LinkedIn is a great tool to connect to a ton of people and see if there is anyway to network into a company.  When recently job searching, I would reach out to the HR department or presidents of companies. I would inquire about positions, explaining quickly (about 3 sentences) my background and what I was looking for.  *When doing this make sure that this company has the type of positions and work you want.  For example, you wouldn't go to a design company and say I'm looking to do research, that would shut down any chance you'd have immediately* I have found this extremely effective, especially compared to just applying online. It really stands out to the company and I have even found out about positions before they are posted.  I am by no means saying this is a 100% guarantee job offer or even a response, but it has been something really impactful in my previous job searches.  

2. Indeed 

Indeed is a great resource for job searching.  This is where it is really important to learn key words and phrases about a position you are looking into.  I will touch on this in a later post, stay tuned.  With Indeed, you can sign in and have several searches that will save and update daily.  This is a great online resource because Indeed pulls from all sites that post jobs and is updated constantly. It also knows where you left off, therefore you're not constantly looking at the same postings. So a job may not be posted on LinkedIn but instead on a companies personal site and Indeed will pull from there and display it for you. This is a one stop shop. Highly recommend and its free!

3. Glassdoor

Glassdoor is a great site for reviews, learning about the companies culture, and salaries without stepping a foot in the door.  Glassdoor also has job postings but is less thorough. I have used this site to get a feel for the company culture and see peoples reviews, both current and past employees. There are also comments on the interview process and what to expect if you get the chance to interview.  I found that the comments are usually pretty accurate and often give me a heads up on what to look for when I get in the door. That being said, all of the reviews should be taken with a grain of salt because sometimes a lot are written in a negative light. Although they can be informing at times, they can also be very bias.  Lastly, the site is a great place to find salaries for the positions you are interviewing for.  It gives you a ballpark and makes it easier to know what is within a companies range and what isn't.

These are just my top three resources overall.  In short, I use LinkedIn for connections and finding companies, Indeed for job postings, and Glassdoor for reviews and salaries.

I would also recommend doing a deep dive into your industry and joining groups within your city.  For example when I lived in Columbus there was the Columbus Society of Communicating Arts (CSCA) which posted jobs and talked about events within the communication arts industry in the city. There are groups nationally and more local that cater to everyone's needs. 

What sites do you use to job search?