11 Employee Review Sites Where You Can Find Employee Reviews (Besides Fairygodboss)
Photo credit: AdobeStock / maxsim
Employer reviews and employee review sites are an invaluable resource for job-seekers. If you’re looking for a job and wondering what it’s like to work at a prospective company, you should take advantage of all the places online where you can hear from employees leaving user reviews of their workplaces. Gone are the days when you only heard a one-way message from the employers themselves within employee performance reviews.
This is clearly a win for employees who are trying to understand an employer’s culture, employer brand, whether their compensation and pay is fair, and learn about human resources benefits and company policies. We believe in transparency at Fairygodboss, and believe that job candidates should do their homework in order to find the best places, departments, and job roles for them using all the resources at their disposal. There is so much more to a new potential job than a job description or interview question can tell you. Employer review websites may not be perfect but if a review process for a user review is rigorous, fake reviews will be rare and HR may even appreciate the transparency in helping their employer brand or the feedback provided in a negative review.
Ultimately, the power of information on the internet allows employees to understand what they’re getting into when they are applying for employment at a new firm, interviewing and accepting a job offer. Job seekers should use all available resources in order to make decisions about where they will find the best job-fit.
First, take a look at the reviews available on Fairygodboss.com:
-Work-Life Balance Guide for those looking for a more flexible position
And here are 11 additional places you can go to see anonymous employee reviews:
1. Glassdoor. Glassdoor is probably the best known website for employees to leave reviews of employers. They have a huge number of people who rate their CEOs, and Glassdoor reviews provide open-ended pros and cons of working at those companies.
2. Indeed. Best known for aggregating millions of jobs across the internet by scraping websites that list open positions, Indeed also provide job reviews where users rank their employers with according to a 5-star scale and list pros and cons.
3. Vault. Vault came into prominence with it’s industry rankings, that were based on employee survey answers. Currently, Vault will provide access to premium research offerings in exchange for employee reviews and their reviews require employees to leave “uppers” and “downers” as well as comments about their current or former employers.
4. CareerBliss is a career community that contains employee reviews that include a 5-star rating system, as well as scores for things like company culture, colleagues and working setting, among other things. They also allow for open-ended commentary.
5. Kununu is a job review and listings site that allows employees to rate their employer on a 1-5 scale overall, as well as on many other factors such as job-security or leadership support. They are fully integrated with Monster, one of the first major online job boards.
6. JobAdvisor is an Australian job listings site that also features employee reviews. Users rate their company on a scale of 1-5 and list pros and cons, as well as rate things such as “Vision & Strategy” and “Work Environment.”
7. Ratemyemployer is a division of JobWings, a company based in Canada and focused on Canadian companies and employees. Employees may leave detailed 5-star ratings on a number of metrics ranging from “Stress” and “Business model, vision and strategy,” to “Feedback”.
8. TheJobCrowd is a UK based employee review site focused on recent graduates. Their employee reviews allow employees to rate the company on a 5-star scale and includes the job title of the reviewer as well as answers to the questions “What are the best and worst things about your company?” and “What do you actually do on a day-to-day basis?”
9. LookBeforeYouLeap appears to be a pretty inactive employee review site, and in an usual move, allows employees to “grade” their employer (A-F) and provide comments.
10. Comparably originally launched as a compensation data and culture platform and has recently launched employee reviews that allow employees to rate their employers on questions like “How would you rate your manager?” and “Do you look forward to interacting with your coworkers.”
11. Yelp is normally considered a restaurant or consumer business review site but employees are increasingly leaving reviews about their workplaces on the site. The reviews work in standard Yelp fashion and include a 5-star rating and comments. (To be clear, Yelp asks that employees of businesses do not leave reviews.)
Before the widespread availability of employee review sites, employee feedback was often relegated to the employee performance evaluation, employee self-evaluation forms, during the sporadic mid-year review or annual review. These days, however, employees also have the power to submit a performance appraisal...of the employer. Employee evaluations outside the control of the official channels can reveal useful information that may not otherwise come out during an annual employee review, even an anonymous one, for fear of being found out. Increasingly, the employee role is as a brand ambassador and representative of the company.
Of course, Fairygodboss is also an employee review site. We focus specifically and exclusively on the female experience in the workplace. We steer clear of "pros" and "cons" and while caved to the pressure to rate in stars (we have wings, instead), the women in our community have spoken about the topics they want to hear about. Our questions about gender equality, what would cause women to stay at a company, and whether they would recommend the company to other women reflect the specificity we think women in the job-market really want to see.
Bottom line, the larger point is this: these days, there are many places you can discover what it’s like to work somewhere. Employers no longer have a monopoly on the information out there about work-life balance or information about employee engagement. Be sure to take advantage of the two-way conversation inherent in employee review sites when you’re doing your research with these 11 employee review sites.
Of course, don’t forget that what’s true off-line is true online as well. Different people can have very different opinions of the same situation and even identical managers, much less, the entire company, so it’s best to try to understand whose opinions you’re really getting and whether you believe their perspective would be similar to yours.
Fairygodboss is committed to improving the workplace and lives of women.
Join us by reviewing your employer!