Recently, we saw a lot of articles about working culture at Amazon. It all started with an article in New Your Times, which has presented the company as the place where employers are exploited to the most extreme levels imaginable. This provoked reaction from many senior Amazon employers, who have defended their company by clarifying that, although company is certainly not for everyone, it can be an extremely rewarding place of work for right candidates. With this opposite spectra of opinion, how would you decide if Amazon would be the right place for you to join? Does Amazon genuinely have pressure-cooker environment which breaks even the strongest, or were the interviews given for the original New York Times article written by weaklings who have no hope of being successful in modern tech business? The answer to that would be to use dedicated employer review websites as much as possible before making the final decision to join a particular company and to write such reviews as an employee if you feel that there are some serious perks or issues that you would like to make clear to any other prospective candidates. This article is not about Amazon in particular, as the issues brought up by the discussion can be relevant to any other major tech company.
Imagine that you have applied for a position with a major company, was successful during your interview and the company was presented to you by the recruiter as the greatest place ever to work in. The company even offers to cover all of your relocation costs, which you accept. However, right on the day one, you find out that the working environment is completely totalitarian, that you are expected to sacrifice excessive hours for fairly little pay and that you have to be available 24/7. That took you as a complete shock, as nobody told you it would have been like that and this is certainly not what you wanted. So, the obvious solution would be to resign. Well, after serious though, it appears to be not so obvious, as you find out that you would have to pay back your relocation allowance and all your training expenses in full if you would leave within 2 years. So, you are stuck.
In such situation, there is probably nothing that you could do except to wait or to find another employer which offers "golden hello" that would help you with the financial burden of leaving. However, there is one thing that you could do for your fellow prospective employees and this is to write detailed review in as many places online as possible, so they would be in better position to make the decision.
Otherwise, you may be in exactly opposite situation. A particular company could have been presented in bad light, but you decided to risk it and give it a go anyway only to find out that the company is really the best place of work that you could ever imagined. Again, you would do an enormous service to other talented people by describing your experience in as many places online as you could find.
The obvious choices for reviews are Glassdoor or other major job-related web sites like Indeed. However, more and more smaller review websites get published every day and using as many of those as possible would significantly improve the chances of your review being instantly visible through search engine queries.
Therefore, if you've got things to say about your employer, give it a go. You'll be enormously helpful to others.
Written by Mobile Tech Tracker team
Posted on 6 Sep 2015