Guess Who’s Competing with Glassdoor Now?

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.

LinkedIn Testing Employee Reviews

The arrow shows how LinkedIn is approaching employee reviews.

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.

As always,

Guess Who’s Competing with Glassdoor Now?

3 Responses

  1. Regarding “gaming” of these rating systems, the biggest example of this I’ve seen on Glassdoor is employers removing negative comments or posting boiler-plate positive reviews to push negative comments off recent results. We’ve even seen instances where companies have had particularly damming reviews removed altogether. You can tell the “sponsored” pages on Glassdoor because they include promotional content about the company and/or the CEO on their landing page. If you see this, it’s a good indicator that company is paying for the privilege. To me, the worst abuses of Glassdoor are by employers trying to cover up negative feedback. It’s great that job seekers have more options for where they post their negative employer experiences. Just like Yelp or any other platform, consumers and job seekers can have more information with which to make a decision.

    Mike Ballard February 12, 2018 at 12:48 pm #
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