Yelp might be the first place most of us go for business reviews, but it’s not the only game in town! Plenty of reviews can be found by searching for businesses on Google Maps, and like with Yelp, sometimes those reviews aren’t what you were expecting! Sometimes, they’re from a former waiter who decided to dunk on an overbearing boss on the way out, recommending that diners and job applicants alike head elsewhere.
Google thus far has kept the platform really open, but it’s true that airing employment grievances isn’t exactly what their review program was designed for. Earlier this month, Google updated their Maps User Contributed Content Policy to include under conflicts of interest “Posting negative content about a current or former employment experience.” But, the disaffected need not fear — the internet has plenty of other places for you to unload in relative safety while getting some useful career information, too.
Classic! Everyone knows Glassdoor as WebMD for your salary — after a few minutes of using it, you can convince yourself that there’s something very wrong going on. But, it isn’t just a repository of anonymously posted wages and salaries anymore. It’s become a veritable job hunting hub, with its own job board, a section for interview tips, and, of course, a section for company reviews. Putting your experience at a company together with salary information can help other job seekers narrow down the best place to work for them — I’m not going to say Glassdoor helps to raise everyone’s pay, but job seekers having that knowledge certainly doesn’t hurt!
While BetterCompany can certainly be a place to warn others against working for a company, this relatively new app likes to look for the positives, too! BetterCompany allows job seekers to chat with employees currently working for the companies they’re applying to. That allows job seekers to get interview and work advice for specific companies, giving them an edge in the job hunt and helping to make the transition to a new job easier.
Recently, Blind used their anonymous work chat app to illustrate how this kind of communication can be used to help make other employees aware of the threat of sexual harassment or abuse in certain companies. Whether it’s a thread excoriating the state of HR departments in Silicon Valley or a thread discussing instances of abuse, Blind can occasionally engender good discussion and advice for both women and men who have been victimized in the workplace. Just keep in mind that it’s an anonymous message board — as always, it can be difficult to tell who is telling the truth and who is lying, and there appears to be a fair amount of disingenuous posters mixed in.
If you just need a place to go full blast, there’s always Whisper. Whisper is basically anonymous text put over a card, and while there’s more moderation now than there used to be, it can be pretty salacious. All the same warnings about anonymous content still apply, but if nothing else, Whisper is the place where you first see the smoke building ahead of an approaching media firestorm.