As we celebrate Women’s Equality Day, office conversation inevitably segues to equal pay. After all, Glassdoor research shows that women make just 76 cents for every dollar a man makes on an unadjusted basis. However, a recent Glassdoor survey found that an overwhelming majority (89 percent) of employed adults in the across the globe believe that men and women should be paid equally; in the U.S., it jumps to 93 percent.
So how do we level the playing field? It starts with data.
Salary negotiations are one of the most direct ways to affect change in the workplace (not to mention in your purse). And arming yourself with the knowledge, data and confidence to get paid what you’re worth (and what the fellas make) is a matter of doing the research.
Perhaps you’ve seen the recent Secret Deodorant commercial featuring a Millennial woman standing in front of a bathroom mirror. She frantically tries to memorize a speech for how she’s going to ask her male boss for a raise. Sure, it’s a stressful, sweat-inducing moment— thus the plug for strong deodorant. But as I mentioned before, data (not deodorant) is what you really need.
Here are 4 ways to use Glassdoor to equip yourself for salary negotiations and ensure that you’re paid equally.
1. Comb through available salary reports
Check Glassdoor to figure out what the average salary for your position is in your area and read what current and former employees have been paid. For example, you can see that a Delta flight attendant can make $40,645 per year while Southwest flight attendants report making $57,230 per year. Dig deeper to see qualifications, perks of the job and benefits.
We’ve even got the highest paying companies in America listed for a handy reference, for those who are research-averse.
2. Read what others say about their interview and negotiating processes
After interviewing at Airbnb for a role as a customer experience specialist, one Oregon employee revealed, “The process took a few hours, was less scary than I’d worked myself for, and involved some role-playing, survival team-building scenarios, and short one-on-one interviews.” He/she then added a tidbit about the negotiation, writing, “I know salary is set in stone and is competitive!” Getting insight into HR practices and how others interact with hiring managers is super helpful information to know when you’re preparing to interview for a new job or negotiating at your current gig.
3. Get tangible advice
Sure the data is great and the feedback from others is uber helpful, but when you’re ready to seal the deal and need to know what to say, Glassdoor has got you covered. Check out our dozens of articles all dedicated to salary negotiation—how to make the case, what to say, what to wear and, even, how to follow up if the negotiations don’t work in your favor initially. We’ve got the ultimate guide to asking for more and getting more.
4. See if the company practices what it preaches
There’s a meme that has been circulating on Instagram that says “Don’t talk about it, be about it.” That quote encompasses exactly what companies should do as it relates to equality in the workplace. All organizations can talk a good game, but which ones are stepping up to the plate to pay fairly and offer benefits that support all employees. Take a look at the benefits tab on any employer profile on Glassdoor. Scroll down to see their values, benefits, and perks. Compare the company values to your own. Depending on your interests, ask questions like, Do they offer adequate maternity and paternity leave? What do employees say about job training or diversity initiatives? Could those professional support tools help me get promoted?
Then take a look at the company’s pledges and certifications, for example, Royal United Mortgage company. These badges reflect a company’s public commitment to values like equal pay, veterans hiring and social responsibility. This is where you can evaluate if a company really “walks the walk.” If a company isn’t ready to stake a stand on Pay Equality showcasing their commitment to pay equitably for equal work and experience, maybe you should keep walking.