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Hello Elphas!

I'm curious about what are your go-to resources for researching a company or a potential employer. This can be before applying for a job, if you're at the job interview stage, or if you're simply browsing!

Feel free to pick more than one emoji or add your own ;)

Which do you find most valuable for assessing different aspects of a company? (company performance, culture, vision..)

Looking forward to reading what you find helpful in the comments below!

Josefina's profile thumbnail
I particularly like watching video interviews or listening to podcasts with the leaders. It really helps me get a sense of the company's vision, the leader's character, and whether I feel like I'd enjoy the company culture. These are especially helpful when the job is remote and your interactions are more limited!
ChitraFrench's profile thumbnail
Hello, I first visit their website and click through all tabs. I also check out their careers page to see what type of people they are hiring. I google search the company as well as check out linkedin and glassdoor.
Josefina's profile thumbnail
This is great, thanks for walking me through your process!
rebeccamark's profile thumbnail
I interview their existing customers — I pick a few companies, go through my LinkedIn to see if I know anyone there, and ask to do an informal conversation. I ask the same set of questions with everyone I can get ahold of and then evaluate whether what a company is selling me matches what they do.
Josefina's profile thumbnail
That's brilliant! Love this strategy for getting a second opinion on a company.
iynna's profile thumbnail
Oh! This is pretty timely as we have a number of Elphas currently on the job huntingTagging @JennaPai @osatomeri @audreywong but I know I am missing a few
letria's profile thumbnail
I also check Glassdoor for possible reviews and all the possible platforms on where I can get reviews. :)
aminayamusah's profile thumbnail
I love looking at engineering blogs, open source, developer tools & API documentation. If they have an app, will sometimes take a quick look at their release notes/version history. It all helps me get a sense of what I would be walking into. Also helps me tailor my responses to behavioral interview questions
iynna's profile thumbnail
Also @karenukpong might have some thoughts
MeganWinters's profile thumbnail
Glassdoor and linkedin are the two big ones. I'm GTM.Glassdoor - you need to take reviews with a pinch of salt. Extremely bad one off reviews are a sign of someone experiencing burnout or disappointment, IMO. That could be because of company culture, but there is no way to know for sure. Also, extremely good reviews that question the bad ones would indicate to me someone who has just recently joined and wants the kudos from their manager! but there will be good information on ability to get raises and promotions, company culture etc.LinkedIn - who have they hired? How recently? Why?To me the best way to research is in an interview where you can ask1) Why are you hiring externally for this role instead of promoting internally?2) Who was in this role before me? What made them successful?3) How do you grow talent?4) What works and doesn't work in this department?The answers will be interesting. Things don't have to be perfect for me (they will never be perfect anyway) but someone who is able to discuss those topics is someone who has some self awareness and some knowledge of how the department actually runs.