Ranking your Employer: What is Glassdoor.com??
By user769227 on Mar 09, 2009
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)