Monday, August 4, 2008

THE SECRET'S OUT: From The Outside Looking In!

When out on the job market interviewing and researching, we look up the companies and read about them, which ultimately helps us make a decision in choosing the right employer. What we really want to know is the insider's perspective, especially the pros and cons, along with the salary information. Well this is exactly what Glassdoor provides, an inside look through the private walls of corporate giants. While this may come in handy only for more popular employers, you never know what you may find.
Similar to Vault, they provide information written anonymously about their current or former employer, as well as how much the position is paid. The great thing about Glassdoor is that it's FREE, in terms of monetary amount anyway. You have to sign up to be able to access the information, but to fit the criteria, you have to share one review about your past or present job, and also your salary range. Although you can lie and fill it up with BS, you'd only be helping other people who are interested in your company or position. I posted information about Starbucks, my previous employer, which already has many reviews and such.
This is still in beta, they only been around since 2007. But as they keep growing and more companies get listed, I believe this will become a very useful tool for those on the hunt for work. Keep it bookmarked, and visit often to check for new reviews on your prospective employers! Make sure to contribute :)

Here are some screenshots I took so you can see what it looks like.
Sample Salary/Review Page: [click to enlarge]
Looks like being an Engineering Manager at Google is the place to be!

Source: Glassdoor

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