We were tipped off to a site in the UK called JobCrowd, which is a bit like GlassDoor with more of an emphasis on job reviews.
Users anonymously note the best and worst aspects of their jobs, their actual working hours (which of course vary wildly from what is posted), and salary.
Here’s one from a PR practitioner at Edelman, for example:
What do you actually do on a day-to-day basis?
Everyone’s job in the company varies greatly. My work is very media heavy so I talk to journalists and editors every day to try and get my clients exposure – both for what they are selling and through corporate profiling. I provide journalists with story ideas, providing research, commentary (which I write on the client’s behalf) and case studies if needed. I also liaise with clients daily to discuss comms plans going forward and messaging to media. I regularly have client and journalist meetings, sometimes meeting both as introductions.
What are the main positives and negatives to your job?
Positives are that you are very busy and constantly talking and building relationships with people – both media and clients. The working team and atmosphere is very friendly and there are a lot of people of a similar age – good social scene. Negatives are it can be stressful, long hours, and can get repetitive (but not boring).
And so on.
Here’s one from a designer at Saatchi & Saatchi X and a brutally honest marketing assistant at the Accountancy Institute (“[I am not doing] what my job description said! I seem to mainly be doing admin work an office junior would do. It is starting to pick up though with events organising and social media awareness ideas….I thought this was an awful salary for a university graduate with 1 year’s experience. But in this job market it was hard to get anything else. You really have to be prepared to start at the bottom….Once I leave work, I can forget about it completely. Absolute bliss!”).
The downside (besides that it’s not quite as useful for jobseekers on this side of the pond): Some of the reviews, despite being anonymous, are utterly unhelpful. This account manager at Groupon manages to say almost nothing despite having typed out more than 150 words about his/her job. Oh well.
Try it out, see what you think.