By Heather Taylor Glassdoor is one of the world’s largest and fastest growing job sites. Ed talked with Alison Sullivan, Glassdoor’s community expert, who gave us a guided tour of the site’s features. (And no, she didn’t pay us to write this. We just heart Glassdoor!)
Your Glassdoor Dashboard
Ready to get started? Any employee or job seeker can become a member of the Glassdoor community—all you need is an email address, Facebook, or Google Plus login to set up your account. Once you’ve joined, you’ll be able to gain access to over 35 million reviews and insights into more than 700,000 companies around the world.
But first, you’ll need to build your profile. Fill it in manually or upload your resume or LinkedIn profile. On your dashboard, you can anonymously submit a review about your company, submit your salary or company benefits, learn about your market value, track jobs and companies you’re interested in, and more.
Sure, you’re ready to go on the job hunt, but it’s better when good jobs come to you, right? To receive notifications about recommended jobs that fit your experience, Sullivan recommends searching for any job or company on Glassdoor (you can also specify a location if you’d like). Once you set your search, you can click on ‘Create a Job Alert’ to receive email notifications of relevant new job postings in your area (or any other specified location) for that job title. You can also filter by salary range and job type.
Glassdoor’s reviews allow employees to anonymously share their insights on the company, so potential job seekers get a sense of what it’s really like to work there. However, don’t give up if you find yourself on a company page with mixed reviews. Sullivan says nearly half of Glassdoor users read at least seven reviews before forming an opinion of a company. This allows for a good understanding of employee sentiment and also covers the bigger picture about the company including its culture, benefits, and how reviewers viewed their senior leaders.
If you want to write a review, Sullivan advises keeping yours relevant and thoughtful. Don’t lash out and name names or reveal confidential information—that goes against Glassdoor’s Community Guidelines. “The most helpful reviews are well-rounded and address each of the key sections outlined in the review form—pros, cons, and advice to management. The more descriptive your feedback is, the more helpful and impactful you can be for potential job seekers—and for the company.”
Know Your Worth is a technology created by Glassdoor that enables anyone to calculate their estimated market value, or earning potential, based on the characteristics of his or her current job, relevant work experience, and the local job market in real time. Hit “Get Your Estimate” on the Know Your Worth page and fill in information to begin calculating your worth.
Trust us—you need to use this feature. According to a recent Glassdoor report, the average U.S. employee could be earning $7,528 more per year than their current annual base salary if they knew their value. “Knowing what you’re worth is important and can help you determine if you’re being paid fairly. It can also help you decide whether you should attempt to negotiate your current salary or explore better paying jobs,” Sullivan says.
Good luck, whippersnappers!
Heather Taylor is a former entertainment writer turned brand mascot aficionado (and head writer) for Advertising Week’s Icon Blog. She shares her thoughts on pop culture at HelloGiggles and has been published in Brit + Co, The Drum, and BettyConfidential. Chat with her on Twitter @howveryheather.