Researching Potential Employers
January 10, 2004 10:39 AM   Subscribe

Okay, speaking of new jobs, I've got one ~

How do you research a potential employer, particularly if you don't know anyone who works there? After you learn all you can from their website, Googling their key players, stock analyst sites, and F*ed Company, where else do you look? I keep thinking there's gotta be a catch with my new potential employer, but nothing's turning up.
posted by pomegranate to Work & Money (7 answers total)
You might contact your state's Better Business Bureau and see if there are any (or many) outstanding complaints against them.
posted by Aaorn at 11:02 AM on January 10, 2004

Yahoo stock message boards are always interesting if you can weed out this disgruntled trolls.
posted by machaus at 11:52 AM on January 10, 2004

posted by machaus at 11:52 AM on January 10, 2004

Eat lunch in the employee cafeteria if it is publicly accessible. Also, find the nearest Happy Hour.
posted by mischief at 12:13 PM on January 10, 2004

At one time, message boards on could occasionally be good for inside dirt on institutional culture and general employee morale. They have a charge now to view posts over 60 days, so I'm not sure how interesting they still are.
posted by gimonca at 12:24 PM on January 10, 2004

I'd highly agree with mischief - if it's a city like mine groups of employees will hang out at a local bar. Heck I can think of one bar in town that is nearly fully funded by employees from one company. The barkeep should know - and for extra tips($) might be able to tell you some things about them or point you to someone who can.
posted by woil at 12:35 PM on January 10, 2004

Pomegranate - I live in the area (if I remember correctly from your last post - I'm in KC) and may be able to pass on info I've heard from locals. If it's a tech position, I may have worked for them myself. Feel free to contact me by email at annathea at hotmail dot com, if you like.
posted by annathea at 10:00 PM on January 10, 2004

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