Job Seeking Sites – The Glassdoor Story

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The Glassdoor Story

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Glassdoor is a US-based company and job-seeking site where employees and former employees anonymously review companies and their management.

The company was co-founded in 2007 by Tim Besse, Robert Hohman, who serves as the company’s CEO, and Expedia founder Rich Barton, who serves as the company’s Chairman. The idea came from a brainstorming session between the two of them, regarding the results of an employee survey while working at Expedia—when the two began to think about what would have happened if the results had gotten out into the public. The two hypothesised that if the material had indeed been revealed publicly, it could have been a service to those looking to make career decisions. The company’s headquarters were established soon afterwards.

Glassdoor launched its company ratings site in June 2008, as a site that “collects company reviews and real salaries from employees of large companies and displays them anonymously for all members to see,”. The company then averaged the reported salaries, posting these averages alongside the reviews employees made of the management and culture of the companies they worked for—including some of the larger tech companies like Google and Yahoo. The site also allows the posting of office photographs and other company-relevant media.

It was then a logical step to use this data as a job-seeking site to allow peer-to-peer, informed information to help job-seekers make an informed decision on those companies they were interested in aligning with.

A Logical Move

Glassdoor Reviews

It was a common-sense business decision. Nowadays, in the world of Amazon, TripAdvisor and so on, we rely more and more on customer reviews before making a significant decision. So why not jobs? It is not easy to get an honest opinion about the company you think you may wish to be a part of, much less a bad opinion. But Glassdoor gives you that insight, its unbiased, good-and-bad reviews offer a unique snapshot and you get a much clearer snapshot of prospective employers.

When people post a review on Glassdoor, they leave scored ratings on different aspects of the company ranging from 1 to 5. This includes work-life balance, compensation and benefits, CEO approval, and more. Those leaving reviews are required to include both pros and cons, for a well-rounded review, rather than just entirely praising or blasting a company. It forces even the unhappiest of employees to actually consider the positives they can glean from their jobs.

These at-a-glance ratings give Glassdoor a unique spin on other job-posting websites because it explicitly puts the job-seeker as the ‘buyer’ and the employee as the ‘product’.  This immediately changes the long-held dynamic of job-seeking websites as that of the applicant being on the back-foot, appreciative of the chance of gaining a job with any given company.


Another feature that is well worth checking out is Glassdoor’s Salary calculator. Simply select through the available job titles on a geo-specific area of your choosing and a salary estimate will be displayed based on 10,000+ reports of salaries, bonuses, wages, and hourly pay submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by employees. Salaries will be displayed across a range of options from full-time, part-time, casual, hourly etc.


Along with all the usual filters, Glassdoor has a unique service offering and its transparency, ease of use and honest appraisals make it a serious contender for your time when seeking new employment. Democratised, peer-based reviews of companies and the jobs within could well be the way forward. So as long as you are reading a large breadth of reviews – good and bad – you should be able to get a general feel for the overall company culture.