Employer Branding, the “Glassdoor Problem,” and Your Culture

By November 22, 2019 February 5th, 2020 One Comment
Snowfly Glassdoor Culture Problem

In my last job we talked a lot about culture. We had a great culture (we said). There was even a wall with all of the awards the company had earned because it was such a great place to work.

I remember someone came to me, as my program was getting shut down, and asked “was it you that left that review on Glassdoor?”

No… it wasn’t. I have never left a review on Glassdoor. I didn’t even know what “that review” was, but I was guessing it was not aligned with all of the “great place to work” awards hanging on the wall just one floor below us.

Recently on Twitter I’ve seen an excellent snippet from a few people:

It took me a minute to figure out what this sentence was saying, and then I was like “YES, ABSOLUTELY, YES!”

You see, CEOs and managers can get upset about employees anonymously airing their dirty laundry online. And Glassdoor makes it ridiculously simple for someone to air it all. But when management thinks the problem is that the laundry is aired on Glassdoor, they are missing the point entirely.

The sentence, by the way, comes from this short and super insightful post from 2016 titled: Opinion:You don’t have a Glassdoor problem, you have a problem. When you are done reading my post, go read Kirsten Davidson’s post and then share it on Twitter. It’s a message that we need to spread.

It’s not just Glassdoor… here’s an image I grabbed from Indeed, where employees can rate different aspects of their employer (which I am keeping anonymous):

Snowfly Indeed Ratings

The thing that sticks out to me first is that the highest score is only a 3.1 out of 5. That is pretty lame. The next thing that sticks out is that Culture isn’t even ranked. It is (sadly) grayed out. Neglected. Yuck.

At Snowfly, we pride ourselves on being culture consultants. Our incentives and recognition tools help improve work-life balance, and the perception of pay and benefits, and how you feel about your job security, advancement, and career. Getting kudos from a manager (more than once a year, and even in front of the rest of the company) can certainly have an impact on how you feel about management, and the culture that is created.

Snowfly incentives, performance, gamification, and recognition all work together to move the needle on these five KPIs that employees talk about. Whether they take the time to talk about them online (Glassdoor, Indeed, etc.), or they whisper about them in the hallway with one another, or they vent to friends and family (who vow they would never want to work for a boss or company like that!), they are talking.

Is the problem that they are talking?

According to Kirsten Davidson, from her article, the problem is definitely not that they are talking. The fact that they are talking, really, is a gift to you.

So listen. Read, learn, and be honest and vulnerable about how you accept the information. And then work on improving things. Whether you put in an incentive system or just work on peer and manager recognitions, you can start to move the needle on these common employer branding KPIs.

Who knows… maybe with some strategic and purposeful planning and effort you’ll increase the scores, and beam with pride about the positive things employees are saying about you and your company.

Let Snowfly help with that. Reach out to talk to one of our success consultants, and we’ll share everything we can to help you change your culture.

Contact us here.

Jason Alba

Jason Alba

I'm passionate about building great cultures. I love respect in the workforce, especially respect that is earned. I love strategic management, leadership, and vision. I love healthy companies through profitability. I love employee engagement, employee performance, and employee satisfaction. I love how Snowfly can help YOUR organization work towards all of these things.

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