Glassdoor's innovative inside look at companies' hiring practices and cultures sets them apart from other job search sites. For some job seekers, Glassdoor is probably most useful later in the job search process or as a supplementary resource.
Updated: January 17, 2014
Inside scoop on position and company:
Glassdoor literally gives you an insider's perspective of what it's like to work at a specific job at a specific company. Current and former employees anonymously rate and review the companies they work for, and these reviews are posted across five areas: culture and values; work-life balance; senior management; compensation and benefits; and career opportunities. No other job site gives you this level of visibility as to what other employees are saying about their experience at a company. Keep in mind, however, that the employers listed are typically larger and well-established companies so, if you're looking for information at a start-up or microbusiness, you may not find the information you're looking for.
Real information on salary and compensation:
No longer does the employer hold all the cards when it comes to salary information. This is because Glassdoor publishes detailed salary information aggregated from actual employees of a company. This feature is especially beneficial for younger employees who may not have a good idea of what certain jobs pay. This tool is also very useful for new hires at any level by helping them negotiate salary once they've passed the interview stage.
Interview tips from actual employees:
Glassdoor aids the interview preparation phase of your job search by giving you access to loads of information about the interview process at numerous companies. Read reviews about the employer's interview process from real people who went through it and find out how difficult they thought it was. These reviews often include interview questions they were asked and commentary on how their salary negotiations went. You can also see which reviewer accepted or declined their offer from the company.
Limited target job search:
While Glassdoor does let you search for jobs and openings, it lacks some of the targeted search functions of other job search sites. The advanced search option is only usable for job title, company, and location. This makes Glassdoor more difficult to use for people just starting out who need a more expansive view of available jobs. A simple keyword search could improve this feature. As a solution, you may want to consider using another job search engine site like Indeed.com to find opportunities, then use Glassdoor to narrow down companies you'd like to work at later on in the process.
Few traditional career resources:
Despite Glassdoor's non-traditional resources like internal reviews, Glassdoor lacks more traditional ways to help job seekers. Most of the top job search sites provide tools to improve resumes, for example. Others offer job forums for people to connect and help each other progress along their career paths. Both features are lacking at Glassdoor since their focus is more on providing specific inside information on how companies work and hire.
Job Site Type
Job Search Engine, Career Website
Free Browsing - Users can search and browse for jobs on the website without creating an account or signing in.
International - Users can browse for jobs outside of the U.S.
Most Recent - Users can browse the most recent jobs on the site.
Nationwide - Users can browse for jobs available in all 50 U.S. states.
Salary Range - Users can search for jobs based on a specified salary range.
City or Zip Code - Users can target their job search to a specific city or zip code.
Company - Users can browse jobs by company.
Job Title - Users can search jobs by job title.
Job Type - Users can filter the search by position type, such as full-time, part-time, remote, contract, or internship.
Keywords - Users can search for jobs using keywords.
Other Advanced Filters - Users can conduct advanced job searches to filter results on very specific criteria.
Saved Searches - Users can save job searches to use at another time.
Categories - The website offers specific categories, such as industry, to narrow the job search.
Exclude Job Postings - Users can exclude job postings based on certain criteria, such as staffing agencies or lack of salary information.
Experience - Users can search jobs based on the experience level required.
Create Account - The website enables users to create an online account to access additional features.
Email Alerts - Users can receive alerts via email for jobs posted that match preselected criteria.
Tailored Jobs - The website delivers tailored jobs based on the user's profile, experience, or resume information.
Post Resume - Users can post a resume on the job website.
Career Articles and Advice - The website provides a collection of articles on career advice and other topics.
Salary Information - The website offers salary and compensation statistics for different positions.
Interview Prep - The website offers assistance with interview preparation.
Job Forums - The website offers job forums for discussion on careers.
Networking Resources - The websites provides networking resources for job searchers.
Resume Resources - The website offers resume writing, evaluation, or distribution services.
Help and Support
Email - The company provides email support.
FAQ - The company has a dedicated section for answers to frequently asked questions about job searching.
Apply Free - Users can apply to jobs without paying.
Multiple resume upload - The website enables users to upload and store multiple resumes.
Quick Apply - The website offers a feature to help users apply to multiple jobs quickly.
Android App - The service provides an Android app.
iPad App - The service provides an iPad app.
iPhone App - The service provides an iPhone app.
Mobile Website - The job site has a mobile-optimized website compatible with mobile devices.
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