Ranking your Employer: What is Glassdoor.com??

I read an interesting blog entry today on zdnet.com which ranked the Highest and Lowest Rated Leaders in the Tech Space according to their ratings on Glassdoor.com. It was good to see Oracle and Larry Ellison scoring in the Highly Rated results with the following overall results below:

-Steve Jobs, Apple: Approval: 90%, Company Rating: 3.8
-Eric Schmidt, Google: Approval: 88%, Company Rating: 4.0
-John Chambers, Cisco: Approval: 78%, Company Rating: 3.6
-Mark Benioff, Salesforce.com: Approval: 73%, Company Rating: 3.7
-Jim Balsillie, RIM: Approval: 70%, Company Rating: 3.8
-Larry Ellison, Oracle: Approval: 63%, Company Rating: 3.2
-Paul Otellini, Intel: Approval: 62%, Company Rating: 3.5

Michael Dell, Dell: Approval: 48%, Company Rating: 3.0
-Steve Ballmer, Microsoft: Approval: 44%, Company Rating: 3.7
-Sam Palmisano, IBM: Approval: 42%, Company Rating: 3.2
-Mark Hurd, Hewlett-Packard: Approval: 41%, Company Rating: 2.8
-Ed Colligan, Palm: Approval: 36%, Company Rating: 3.2
-Jonathan Schwartz, Sun Microsystems: Approval: 25%, Company Rating: 3.1
-Greg Brown, Motorola: Approval: 10%, Company Rating: 2.6

For those fo you who have not seen Glassdoor.com, it is a website where employees get to log on and rank their managers and companies that they work for. From the Glassdoor website:

"Why Glassdoor? Whether you're looking for a new job or you're completely satisfied where you are — your work matters — and we want you to have all the information you need to manage your career. Anonymous ratings, reviews, and salaries from real employees — all for free."

For example here is a review of Oracle from a Consulting Account Manager in New York, NY: “Oracle is a tough place, but it can be rewarding".

The information on Glassdoor is from real employees, but I feel information from this site should only make up a part of your decision making process when deciding whether you should join a company or not. It is a good site to view both the good and bad feedback on a company from its employees, but when taking a new role candidates must absorb information from multiple sources to work out if a company or role is what they are looking for.

I posted recently about how candidates can now get information about a potential employer from a range of sources - Candidates should use Glassdoor.com as a source to help candidates confirm their thoughts or perceptions about a potential employer but should not use it to exclusively base their decision on a company. If you either love or hate the company you work for, it may be worth sharing your thoughts on Glassdoor.com (comments are posted anonymously)


Check out Glassdoor.com. I love this idea. But is there any relationship between Glassdoor and Oracle?

Posted by Chip on March 15, 2009 at 04:33 PM CST #

Thanks for the comments and feedback - there is no relationship between Oracle and glassdoor.com. I thought it would be good to share my thoughts on glassdoor as it gives an insight into what it could be like to work at various companies.

Posted by David Talamelli on March 16, 2009 at 02:07 AM CST #

Read this profile of Tim Besse, co-founder and VP of product and marketing: http://blog.seattleinterviewcoach.com/2009/04/8-questions-with-tim-besse-co-founder.html

Posted by Seattle Interview Coach on April 04, 2009 at 07:08 AM CST #

This is just what I've been searching for all day long. Do not stop updating this blog.

Posted by Irina Girst on April 30, 2011 at 12:26 AM CST #

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