How many times have you heard a sensational claim, only for it to be later disproven? As the old adage goes, “You can’t always believe what you hear.” And in a highly technological era where misinformation can spread more rapidly than ever, this has never been truer.
So if you’ve ever come across some rumors about Glassdoor, we want to set the record straight. Below, we’ve outlined some of the most common myths we hear about Glassdoor — keep reading to get the real story.
Myth #1: Glassdoor Is a Rant Site
You’ve probably heard it before: “The only people that write Glassdoor reviews are the ones who either hate their company or love it — nothing in between!” While studies suggest that many online review sites do suffer from polarization bias (i.e. the folks most likely to leave reviews are ones who have had either a terrible experience or a wonderful experience, with little middle ground), Glassdoor has taken a number of steps to reduce this. In fact, Glassdoor research announced today shows that our “give to get” model, which requires that a user contributes content to Glassdoor in order to gain access to our information on companies, leads to more balanced ratings and reviews.
When users are prompted to leave a review to fully enjoy Glassdoor, this draws in more moderate contributors than just those who would voluntarily offer one. The end result is more moderate 3- and 4-star reviews along the 5-point ratings scale, and a more balanced look at companies.
In fact, when we look across all reviews published on Glassdoor, 73 percent of employees say they are ‘ok’ or ‘satisfied’ with their jobs and companies. So the next time you hear someone say Glassdoor is just a site where disgruntled workers go to blow off steam, feel free to counter with that fun fact!
Myth #2: Glassdoor Only Has Reviews
Yes, Glassdoor has company reviews, but we have so much more — most importantly, jobs! Glassdoor is one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing job sites, with millions of jobs. In fact, the number one reason that people visit Glassdoor is to check out our job listings.*
But what sets us apart from other job sites is the sheer depth of information we have available. With access to company reviews, salary data, benefits information, popular interview questions and more, people who use Glassdoor are able to gain deep insights into the companies they are considering, allowing them to find a job that truly fits their life. Combine that with a sleek, modern user interface, and it’s no wonder that Glassdoor is the most preferred job search experience.
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Myth #3: Employers Can Pay to Take Reviews Down
It’s right there in our community guidelines: “We apply the same standard of review for all content (whether or not the content involves an employer client of Glassdoor).” That means no employer, regardless of whether or not they are a Glassdoor client, can pay to delete or edit reviews. Similarly, companies cannot pay to make it onto our awards, such as Best Places to Work and Highest Rated CEOs.
We take the integrity of our data incredibly seriously, and it makes sense — with reviews and content being the number one factor that differentiates Glassdoor from other job sites, we don’t want to do anything that threatens the credibility of that information. Besides that, it’s simply the right thing to do. And as a company that’s built on and truly believes in transparency, we integrate that into every facet of our business.
Now that you know the straight truth behind some of these common Glassdoor misconceptions, hopefully you feel more empowered than ever to share a review, research salaries and of course, apply to a job. For more information on how Glassdoor works, be sure to check out our help center.