‘My review comes up a lot in their interview process’: Worker’s Glassdoor review causes trouble for previous employer

This employee has learned that a Glassdoor review they wrote when they quit their job has given their past-employer grief with hiring. The employee writes that they left their position after experiencing unprofessional treatment from their manager, which they felt necessitated the review being written.

This thread was posted to Reddit’s r/pettyrevenge subreddit this week by user u/DenniseDenephew, who shared their experiences with the popular sub. They posted their topic with the title “Left my old place due to bad management – My Glassdoor review comes up a lot in their interview process.”

Platforms like Glassdoor offer employees one of the few avenues that they have to respond to their experience working for an employer and offer feedback. This, in turn, provides applicants unprecedented insight into what treatment they might receive working for that employer. After all, all too often, the wolf wears sheep’s clothing. However, these reviews need to be taken with a grain of salt; there will always be one or two people in any group who are outliers with unique experiences. But, when the bad reviews start to rack up and are all singing a similar tune, it can be a good indicator of what your experience might be like. It’s not cut and dry but can be a red flag. 

So, it’s no surprise that u/DenniseDenephew sharing their experience might have caused a few waves at their old place of work, and if what they said rang true with job seekers, it might have cost them a few applicants.

In a world where references from previous workplaces can make or break your successful application, employers unquestionably hold a lot of power. Platforms like Glassdoor provide something to even the scales.

What do you think? Have you ever used one of these platforms?