Almost Half of All Job Seekers Use Glassdoor During the Job Hunt

Since its launch in 2008, Glassdoor has injected a new transparency into the job search for thousands of job seekers. Not only can prospective candidates view open positions, they can also see current employees’ reviews of the company. While these reviews has been a boon to many job seekers, their effect on a company’s ability to attract candidates was, until now, unknown.

Software Advice, a company that reviews recruiting software, recently polled a total of 4,633 respondents across the US to see what impact Glassdoor reviews have on job seekers’ decision to apply for, and accept, jobs. As it turns out, having a strong–and positive–presence on Glassdoor may be more important than many recruiters could have anticipated.

Almost Half of Job Seekers Consult Glassdoor

If your company has a Glassdoor profile, it is being viewed. Software Advice’s reports that 2,201 respondents, or approximately half of its data set, reported that they had consulted Glassdoor at some point in their job search.

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Almost Half of Job Seekers Consult Glassdoor

If your company has a Glassdoor profile, it is being viewed. Software Advice’s reports that 2,201 respondents, or approximately half of its data set, reported that they had consulted Glassdoor at some point in their job search.

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Job Seekers Value Good Ratings of Compensation and Benefits

Finally, Glassdoor allows reviewers to rate employers in five categories. Software Advice found that compensation and benefits was the area where it was most important for employers to have good ratings, followed by positive reviews of work / life balance.

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Implications for Recruiters and Hiring Managers

The first (and most easily executable) takeaway from this research: companies should create a profile on Glassdoor. Almost half of all job seekers consult the site at some point in their job search, so having a simply having a presence on the site increases your company’s visibility to potential applicants.

Companies should also make their information is current. As most job seekers only take into consideration reviews that are posted within the last six months, employers might encourage current employees to leave reviews. After all, by acknowledging their feedback is valued, companies may even garner quite a few positive comments.

Finally, given that the majority of job seekers highly value good compensation and benefits, when asking employees for feedback, encourage them to comment on these topics. If current employees think your compensation and benefits are fair, your company will be much more likely to catch the eye of job seekers.

Methodology

Software Advice conducted this survey using Google Consumer Surveys. The survey included nine questions, each of which was seen by ~500 unique respondents. For more information, contact Software Advice’s HR Analyst, Erin Osterhaus, at erin@softwareadvice.com.

Jessica Miller-Merrell

Jessica Miller-Merrell

Jessica Miller-Merrell (@jmillermerrell) is a workplace change agent, author and consultant focused on human resources and talent acquisition living in Austin, TX. Recognized by Forbes as a top 50 social media influencer and is a global speaker. She’s the founder of Workology, a workplace HR resource and host of the Workology Podcast.

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