Post # 1
Hey all I got contacted by my recruiter for a local position that I already saw. It’s a step up but I haven’t emailed back yet.
It looked boring as hell when I first saw the listing so I deleted it. But I’m looking at it again since this email from the recruiter.
The problem is the recent Glassdoor reviews for this place are abysmal. This position has been open for awhile. No salary listed. The complaints ranged from outright racism in their southern location (not where I am) to good old boys club type of place.
Ive worked in two boys club places and I am so done with that. One law firm area was like a frat get together. The other was a refined boys club. Both awful. Never want to work in that type of environment again.
Side note this recruiter sent me to an interview 2 years ago to a place I will never work because I got blindsided with a huge ask right in the interview (tons of overtime and required weekends for the foreseeable future). Asjed me if I was cool with that. Uh no. I had told the recruiter work life balance is important. I never even found out the pay range.
I’m not a lawyer but in the legal field. What would you do?
Oh time off is hard right now as I’ve prepaid for a trip and am super low on it otherwise I’d check it our for a gut check. What do you think ?
Post # 2
Ok it’s not letting me edit my post now?! Anyway. Is it bad practice to reject based on Glassdoor reviews? I don’t want to work for racist people of course. I guess is it ok to reject off gut feeling? My gut can be off though too.
Post # 3
I think it’s important to remember that anybody can go on and leave a glassdoor review. For all you know those reviews could have been left by a disgruntled ex-employee trying to make them look bad.
All you can do is go to the interview and see for yourself. Nobody can force you to take a job if you don’t feel like it’s the right fit for you.
Post # 4
That’s a good point. But that’s a lot of disgruntled employees. Thank you.
Post # 5
I find the more negative reviews about my company to be the most accurate reviews to be honest so based on that, I don’t know that I would take the interview unless I was desperate for a job.
I have never worked directly with a recruiter. Does she have information about the salary range?
Post # 6
Oh ok interesting. Some of the negative reviews are totally true I’ve seen too. Other times I just don’t know. If it was a few isolated reviews I’d ignore but this is a clear recent drop.
I haven’t asked her yet bc I haven’t decided how to respond yet.
Post # 7
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I definitely think it’s worth asking more details. I think it would make sense to ask for the basics (pay and job details) and if that goes well I would bring up what has happeened in the past and how you don’t want to work for companies like that.
When I job search, I always check out Glassdoor but some companies aren’t represented well or don’t have enough reviews.
Post # 8
Just bumping in case I can get more opinions.
Post # 9
do you know the other firm reputation from any other sources? I’m a paralegal and I have absolutely passed on jobs from recruiters once they’ve revealed the firm to me – I’ve been doing this long enough to know the other players in town!
There is no harm in talking on the phone about the position though. I had this recently for a potential position and after learning more about the culture at that particular firm I took myself out of consideration. It would have been a $50k/year jump but also a completely loss of my sanity and free time. Some things aren’t worth it.
Post # 10
It’s in house not firm. I had never heard of the company until I saw the listing. The only things I have to go by are online and it’s not good. I think I’ll just aak for more info. I had told the recruiter I wasn’t looking at this time so I think she just sent it to see.
I WAS looking but things changed with my job and it got better and more money so that helped. I still need more of a challenge but not sure this is it.
Post # 11
I would heed the Glassdoor reviews….
I did not even think to look at the Glassdoor reviews (less than 2 stars) for my company before I joined, and almost everything people said there has proven true in my experience here (2 truly miserable years). I wish I’d looked before I leapt!
Post # 12
keep an eye on listings just to get a feel for the place. I have a local company that I see advertising for a paralegal every few months – in house and they aren’t a large company. I’d be very wary to interview there.
Post # 13
Personally, I never turn down an interview if I have applied for the job. It’s always good practice if nothing else.
I will say that I currently work for a company that has abysmal glassdoor reviews. The problem is they have sites all over the country and the world, and yes, some of those sites suck. But my site is awesome! The work life balance is fantastic, no questions asked if I need to leave for an appointment or just go home early to get something done. The culture at this site is fantastic and I love working here. FWIW, they did address the reviews and the reputation of the company directly in the interview, so I felt more confident going in.
Personally, I would just chat with the recruiter about it a little more. Ask the salary range (I feel recruiters typically know that), ask about the reviews and discuss your concerns. If you get a good vibe, just go on an interview. It won’t hurt you and you can get a true feel of the place. Good luck!
Post # 14
there is no downside to checking it out, really.
i was in this exact same position as you. company had a bad reputation, yet they had been contacting me for over a year through linked in recruiters to come in, which i continued to blow off.
when i told the recruiter the most recent time that i wasn’t interested; she told me that they had removed and replaced their executive management, and asked me to give it a chance.
i was able to use these concerns in the interview, and i think it ended up being unintentional leverage, because it turned into them selling me on the company.
i received a very attractive offer which TRIPLED my pay. the new executives have made a lot of difference, and as a manager we are all in the process together of improving internal and external reputation.
Post # 15
My husband worked at a company once that had the worst reviews on Glassdoor. Truly bad. He debated showing up to the interview, but did anyway. He liked the guy that would be his direct supervisor so he decided to chance it and took the position. It turned out to be a great opportunity for my husband. It was a fantastic learning environment and the department invested time and training into the employees. He was very happy at the job even though it was a fast-paced environment with quick deadlines.
Other departments in the same company WERE awful just like the Glassdoor reviews said, but in his department there was a great work environment. I suppose you can take your cue from meeting with the person who would be your supervisor and seeing what kind of a vibe you get from him/her.