Research a Company

The presenter in the above video directed viewers to Loyola University Chicago Libraries. Here is listed a few sites to search Company Information.  Check it out.

Someone did recommend Vault.com as a place where one can check out a company you’re applying to.  One writer says that the site

offers company and employer research on their site. You can search by name, industry, state, country, number of employees, rankings, etc. (or any combination). There is basic information on each company on their list as well as the company’s website (which will have additional information). There is company search on the right hand side of the page and tons of information. While you are there, take a look at the other job related information.

There is also Wetfeet.

This site is about much more than just company research (more on that later). But, it is a great place to start your research. Click the link at the top of the page for Employers and type in the name of the company on the right hand side of the page. Once you’ve done this, you will get lots of good information on your research companies. Now, back to the other stuff on this site. You can also get great advice on Job Interviews, Resume tips, Job Search and more.

These are good questions to ask and what to look for at Glassdoor Companies & Reviews.

Go to their website and review their blog, social media posts, news, and press releases. Ask yourself, “What is this company proud of?” And, “If I worked there, what would I be proud of?” Now you’ve got things to compliment them on, and to ask about. “I was impressed with the initiative to innovate in X. How’d that project get started? As the new XYZ, what involvement would I have in projects like that?

Look for their values. Be ready to tell them how you’ve exhibited a commitment to those values in prior jobs. When they ask you, “Why do you think you’d be a good fit for our company?” you can say, “I know you really value transparency. Me too. In my last job as PDQ at FRG & Co., I held bi-wekly meetings with my team that I called Truth or Dare meetings. My directs could ask me any question they wished about where things were headed and why. I was fortunate in that FRG & Co. also values transparency, so I was at liberty to share what I knew with my people. As a result, we had lower turn-over rates than any department in the company.”

There’s also LiveCareer.  That link from Live Career is pretty good.  It’s one thing to search for a company, quiet another to know what to look for.  LiveCareer pointed to two kinds of information:

The first set of information deals with general company information. The types of information you might gather here include: products and services, history and corporate culture, organizational mission and goals, key financial statistics, organizational structure (divisions, subsidiaries, etc.), and locations (main and branch).

The second set of information deals with employment issues, and includes such things as career paths and advancement opportunities, benefits, diversity initiatives, and other human resources functions.

Of course, you may also research the industry, key competitors, and countries where the company has offices.

There’s The Muse.

BigInterview shows up again. 

Liz Ryan offers up these points to check up on:  

Here are some things you can learn about your possible next employer  in about an hour of online searching:

What is the company’s business? What do they sell, and to whom? Start your research with the company’s own website.

How long have they been in business? Check out their About Us pages and look for a LinkedIn Company page.

Who owns the organization? Is it public, private, not-for-profit, or a government agency?

Who is the CEO or leader of the organization? This information should be on the company’s own website, but you can also search LinkedIn using the title “CEO” and the company name. Click on the word Advanced next to the open search box at the top of a LinkedIn page to see the Advanced search page.

Who is the person who’ll be your supervisor if you take the job? (Read his or her LinkedIn profile!)

What’s been in the news about this organization recently? Check Google GOOGL +0.41% Web and News to get the latest updates.

What kinds of job ads has the company been running lately? Conduct a Google search on the company name plus the word “jobs” to see what kinds of new employees they’ve been looking for.

What do current and former employees say about them? Check out Glassdoor to see.

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Some good insight from a Quora member . . . .  There are a lot of things on the table in front of each person–the interviewer and the interviewee.  Take an assertive role with your interests.  These are negotiable.  These also make you a real person.  If you just say that you’ll take anything, then you’ll get anything, most of which you won’t like.  

That is entirely subjective.

What matters to you may not matter much to everyone else.

A LOT IS AT STAKE

Time. people. energy, money, opportunity. These are all things in short supply. You might have more of one than another, and that will change what you value in an employer.

YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A GOOD BOSS

One thing that is hard to acquire is having a good boss. Might have to meet them first to make a decision—it won’t be on paper or online to filter out ahead of time.

AVOID LOSER COMPANIES

I forgot organization[al] staying power. Avoid companies in dying industries. You will look like a loser getting dumped by them, even if you aren’t one. The “luck deficit” you wear from putting on that hat will play a strong role in your situation at future companies.

USE GLASSDOOR EMPLOYEE REVIEWS TO JUDGE COMPANY CULTURE
Glassdoor employee reviews are extremely helpful.  This is more true when applying to companies in the same industry, whether they are competitors or not.  Even if all the reviews are negative, that should tell you something.  But in addition to the rating, to the negative or positive rating, read the comments.  

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