In ancient times, before the internet wormed its way into every office and pocket of the industrialized world, job searchers had to rely mostly on scanning through the “help wanted” ads in their local newspapers. Finding good opportunities outside of one’s own metropolitan area was much more difficult than it is now. If you’ve ever had to really search for a job at any time in the past two decades, though, there’s a pretty solid chance that you used Monster, Glassdoor, and Indeed to simplify your hunt. You may even have landed an interview after applying, and gotten the job.
These three companies and their websites have together come to dominate the online world of job opportunities. But how do Monster, Glassdoor, and Indeed work? What makes them such powerful tools for both job creators and their prospective employees?
Job Boards and More Job Boards
Monster has been around since the heady days of the dot-com boom in the mid-to-late 1990s. They’ve had their ups and downs, but they’ve always been known for one thing, being a job search site.
Indeed came onto the scene after that boom went bust, but that may have been the better moment to do it. Since 2010, they’ve been the number one place online to post or look for a job opportunity.
Glassdoor is the newest of the three, and the most different. While it, too, has taken on the role of a job search and posting board, it’s still better known for its original function as a place to post employee reviews of workplaces.
(As an intriguing side note, both Indeed and Glassdoor are now owned by Tokyo-based Recruit Holdings Co., Ltd.)
All three of these job search sites work by similar principles. They scour the internet for job postings, and they also invite employers to post openings directly with them.
Job seekers can then browse through postings on Monster, Glassdoor, and Indeed, and search for them by type and location. They can then apply directly for the ones that interest them. The sites refer the applications directly to human resources staff at the posting organizations.
Features For Everybody
Each of these sites offers something a little different for the job seekers and employers who use them. They all allow for job posting and searching, but each has its own special characteristics.
After having had a bit of a troubled history, Monster recently underwent a rebranding effort. Its platform has shifted towards increasing integration with social media platforms, to enable employers and potential hires to be able to find each other more naturally in more places. They also put a great deal of emphasis on helping job hunters to find companies where they’ll enjoy better culture fit, in addition to matching skills with requirements.
Indeed is much more straightforward. They allow candidates to post resumes, and employers to search through them and post unlimited jobs, both for free. There are other paid features available, but the core of how most of their users interact with them has no cost. That may be the critical factor in their immense popularity, with over 200 million users.
Glassdoor gives employers a little bit more of a hard time, but that’s by design. Their objective is to increase the transparency of the hiring process specifically and workplace culture in general. They do it by soliciting reviews of companies by their own employees. In addition to what kind of salary they can expect, Glassdoor aims to ensure that employees know what kind of organizational culture they can look forward to, and see how that compares with the impression they get from the application and interview process.
Glassdoor’s Give to Get Policy
There exists a common feeling that the reviews on Glassdoor should be taken with a grain of salt because they mostly come from former employees after they’ve left a company. The impression is that people are more likely to complain about things that went wrong than to highlight positive aspects of an organization if they’re no longer connected to it.
There are a couple of reasons why this idea may not be so accurate.
The first is that as Glassdoor rises in popularity and importance, employers are recognizing how essential it it to have plenty of good reviews there. Tools like what we provide at RVW BOT help them to streamline the process of getting those reviews.
The second reason is Glassdoor’s own Give to Get policy.
“This study gives strong evidence that company reviews on Glassdoor are more balanced because of the way they are collected. The policy creates incentive for people to contribute to the site, who may otherwise opt out. It should help quell misconceptions that employees only provide really positive or really negative opinions about companies on Glassdoor. The data show that’s not the case — Glassdoor’s give to get policy creates a more balanced picture of companies,” said Dr. Andrew Chamberlain, Glassdoor chief economist.https://www.glassdoor.com/about-us/new-study-reveals-glassdoor-give-to-get-policy-leads-to-more-balanced-company-ratings/
The specific way that Glassdoor works makes it one of the most valuable tools in existence for job seekers. It empowers them in their job search like none of the other job sites out there by giving them an accurate inside look at the places they might want to work.
They’re all Useful
In the end, how do Monster, Glassdoor and Indeed work?
Quite powerfully, it turns out!
The takeaway is that each of these employment websites provides some benefits that the others don’t. The best practice is to use them in combination. That’s what will give users the best chance of finding a good match for talent, job requirements, and culture fit.
Employers should especially keep an eye on their Glassdoor performance, though! The way they handle their reviews can make a huge difference when it comes to attracting the kind of talent they most urgently need.