Poll: Do you believe anonymous online reviews for employers?

For some, Glassdoor is a useful hiring platform. But others think it’s open to abuse.

By Conor McMahon Deputy editor, Fora

IRELAND-BASED WORKERS HAVE left over 20,000 anonymised comments on Glassdoor since the employer-review website was launched a decade ago.

For some firms, the site – essentially a TripAdvisor for workplaces – serves as a useful recruitment tool because it can provide a positive view of life inside the company to prospective employees.

Negative reviews can also service as a catalyst for investigating shortcomings in the workplace. But for others, Glassdoor is little more than a “trolling site”.

The fact that punters can leave complaints without having to disclose their identity means aggrieved employees who were legitimately fired – or people from rival companies – can use the platform to damage the reputation of others.

With that in mind, we’re asking Fora readers this week: Do you believe anonymous online reviews for employers?