Dishing the dirt

2008

A new website has come into existence that should send many a CEO into fits. It's designed to allow employees to anonymously tell everyone everything about their job and the company they work for.

The website, Glassdoor.com, describes itself as, "career and workplace community where anyone can find and anonymously share real-time reviews, ratings and salary details about specific jobs for specific employers — all for free."

Participants start out by signing up and then submitting a salary review or an employer review. This information is saved anonymously and then they can go ahead and look around at what other employees have said about their bosses and their companies.

For example, one of the very first companies reviewed on the home pages is the computer giant Microsoft. The company has a very positive rating, with the reviewer listed as "satisfied."

More than half - 56% - of those reviewing CEO, Steve Ballmer, have given him a positive review. One of the comments about MS states, "The compensation is amazing. While it's true that there are many companies doing interesting projects, the pay and benefits at Microsoft simply blow away other company. Their offers are almost impossible to turn down."

Of course, that's just the positive. There are plenty of negatives ones as well, and the website is brand new. So, from the good to the bad this website has plenty that a manager can learn. Perhaps the positive things are programs that you can implement in your company, while the negative things are those that you probably want to avoid.

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