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Determining a Company's rating

Pavan Kumar Dittakavi
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Hi Experts,

I have a question. How do we know if a particular software company is doing good [ especially ones that don't come up in the news/lime light ]? Or if it is really a good place to work at?. The obvious place to look would be the company's website. But, how do we know that they aren't fabricated?



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Bear Bibeault
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One source could be the business section of your local newspaper. The local library should have back issues.

People who worked there are also a good source. Just one more reason to have a good local network.


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Maneesh Godbole
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After the subprime fiasco, I have lost faith in any kind of ratings.
Like Bear said, employees are the best source to get authentic information, especially the one's who left the company


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Karthik Shiraly
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Google search with a query like this:

and filter by "Discussions".
The stuff that gets thrown up is priceless!
Jesper de Jong
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Maneesh Godbole wrote:Like Bear said, employees are the best source to get authentic information, especially the one's who left the company

Although if you only asked people who left the company, you'll most likely get a skewed image, because those people all left for a reason.

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Pat Farrell
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Find where the good bars are near the HQ, go there, listen. Buy folks a beer or two.

Look in the craigslist listings for employees wanted. Companies that have lots of opening and are not growing rapidly probably have lots of people leaving.
Seetharaman Venkatasamy
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Pat Farrell wrote:Companies that have lots of opening and are not growing rapidly probably have lots of people leaving.

Indeed as of I know
Koen Aerts
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You could try and google for sites where anyone can rate their employers. For instance, for canada there is www.ratemyemployer.ca. Not sure if there are any similar sites for other countries.
Pavan Kumar Dittakavi
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Koen Aerts wrote:You could try and google for sites where anyone can rate their employers. For instance, for canada there is www.ratemyemployer.ca. Not sure if there are any similar sites for other countries.


yes precisely. those kind of sites/sources of information would be quite valuable. But, Im not sure what similar sites could be utilized for this purpose in India. Thanks Anyway Koen.
 
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