It’s a fact: Some employers just plain suck. But how can you find that out before you accept the job? Here are some great websites to get the skinny on companies in your area … all for free!
Glassdoor allows their users to enter information on their past employers, including salary, working conditions and the interview process. To get access to the information, all you have to do is share your own experiences with past employers – all confidentially, of course.
The Better Business Bureau
The Better Business Bureau is organized nationally as well as having outlets in Denver and other major cities. The BBB collects information on all types of companies, not just their members. This gives a two-fold look at potential employers: one, whether they have any complaints and were they resolved; and two, do they invest in membership with the BBB at all. Members of the BBB don’t just pay dues. They have to undergo a screening process and actually earn their membership.
ConsumerAffairs.com is a watchdog website for all kinds of consumer information. This includes recalls, government notices and complaints. By gauging how a company treats its customers, you can guess how well they treat their employees. While the site has a lot of information, it has tons of Google ads embedded in it.
Chambers of Commerce
There are tons of Chambers of Commerce, including ones tied to location – such as the Denver Chamber of Commerce – or to special interest – such as the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Thanks to this big network, you can gain a lot of information about their members, including contact information. For a great list of the local Chambers with active links, check out the Resource page on Denver’s Jobing.com site.
Manta.com is another site that provides a lot of contact information on companies. In Colorado alone, over 450,000 companies are listed; however, not all of them have filled out the profile yet. In addition to address and industry, Manta.com also lists annual revenues, top executives and staff size. The original listings probably come from government listings, as the industry is identified by SIC and NAICS codes. It has a lot of Google ads too, so be careful what you click on – some of the ads look like links to the company’s application, but they actually are not.
About the Author
Donna Shannon, a former corporate recruiter and president of Coyote Visions, helps job seekers land their dream jobs with practical advice and guidance. Her book, “Get a Job Without Going Crazy,” is available on Amazon.com and the Tattered Cover Book Stores.