One of our objectives in launching Glassdoor was to provide employees and job seekers with more information about jobs, salaries and workplaces than previously available. We feel this information is extremely powerful and we want people to use Glassdoor’s data to have more productive and informed conversations with their managers.
We know these conversations are starting to happen at work through user feedback, but I’m also delighted the subject and debate of salary transparency is occurring within the international media. A recent New York Times article by Lisa Belkin discussed the benefits and potential pitfalls of this level of transparency (note: at Glassdoor we don’t think there are any pitfalls). Yesterday, Lisa was on NBC’s TODAY show (see Salary Transparency Secrets) discussing some of her findings and Glassdoor.com. Earlier in the week, CNBC’s Brooke Sopelsa took a look at the implications and even went so far as to encourage people to contribute to the site. In Kiplinger’s September issue, Jessica Anderson shows readers how to get the scoop on salaries. On September 1, the Sydney Morning Herald talked about the implications in Australia, while the Times Online in London kicked off significant chatter about the issue in the UK that landed yours truly on the BBC with an English economist.
Of course, we love the attention because it leads more and more people to our site and underscores the importance of the work our team is doing here. But most importantly, it reinforces the cultural evolution afoot to make this information more accessible. What’s really gratifying is the involvement and activity we’re seeing from people around the world in a variety of roles in cross sections of industries. While we may have created the technology and forum, everyone who has used Glassdoor is really helping to drive this fundamental change and open the doors to companies and workplaces a little bit wider every day. Thanks to those who have contributed thus far. To everyone else still sitting on the sidelines – what are you waiting for?