It was just a matter of time.
With the growing popularity of Glassdoor, Indeed, and other sites that provide anonymous employee reviews, it’s no surprise that the most popular professional networking site in the world is now beta testing ratings. Checkout the screenshot below and note the arrow.
From the looks of it, LinkedIn is taking a Facebook spin on the popular thumbs-up or down with reviews, and asking very specific questions. In this case, “Do you have work flexibility (e.g. remote working) at Company Name. Not sure if the company also asks for written commentary.
LinkedIn is quick to note “Your response is private and will not be shared with your company or shown on your profile.” However, if only users with the company in their profile as a current employer will have the opportunity to submit feedback, then a certain level of anonymity is off the table.
The system can potentially be gamed, but it won’t be nearly as easy as leaving feedback on LinkedIn or Indeed without actually working for the company currently or previously. So, it helps build a level of trust for users. As of today, this feedback isn’t present for job seekers looking on the company’s page on LinkedIn, but I have to imagine it’s a matter of time.
Word is some employee are having an issue with LinkedIn asking such questions, because it kind of looks like the company itself is asking for feedback, as opposed to LinkedIn asking. I think that’s mostly fear talking and companies hoping LinkedIn won’t move this feedback option out of beta, but I think that’s a pipe dream.
LinkedIn is going to have reviews. The only question was exactly how they’d ask for feedback and how it would be presented to users. Finally, we’re starting to get some answers to those questions.