Company Research

Hoovers

This online subsidiary of Dunn & Bradstreet offers insightful overviews and detailed analyses for more than 25 million corporations and organizations, as well as research reports for entire industries. Much of the content is free, with more detailed analyst reports available for a fee. Visit the site.

The Book of Lists

This publisher of local business journals also sells a valuable researching resource for job-hunters: a "Book of Lists" profiling the leading employers in more than 60 dynamic business markets located throughout the U.S. (each book covers a specific geographic region and is sold separately). Each of these guides ranks hundreds of the region's hottest companies, by their respective field or specialty. Also included are the names of key decision makers, their titles and complete contact information. Visit the site.

Glass Door

Established in 2007 by the always-innovative Rich Barton (the same person who founded the Expedia travel Web site and Zillow, the real estate research site), Glass Door takes an all-new approach to the issue of researching potential employers. In return for users posting an anonymous review of their company — or their personal salary information — they get access to the company reviews posted by all the other users of the site. Visit the site.

EmployerRap

EmployerRap lets employees sound off about their companies and bosses (and allows job-hunters to listen in). The service allows users to participate anonymously, but also follows a process that helps attach credibility to what's written. Visit the site.

Kelzen

Based in Austria, Kelzen is an international version of Glass Door: an anonymous platform featuring brutally honest reviews of a company (provided anonymously by current employees). Visit the site.

Annual Report Service

Annual reports for public companies are usually available directly from the organization's Web site. Failing that, job-seekers can always turn to this site, which offers easy access to thousands of online annual reports and 10-K presentations. NOTE: Your name and address may be forwarded to the companies you inquire about. Visit the site.

Yahoo Finance

Created as a resource for stock investors, this site provides a service to job-seekers that's just as useful: access to a complete collection of news articles about the company, its people and performance. Visit the site.

Best Places to Work

Every year, the Great Place to Work Institute produces several "Best Companies" lists, including Fortune magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For." That research can also be accessed directly through this site." Visit the site.

100 Best Companies for Working Moms

Every year, Working Mother magazine produces a list of the 100 best companies for working women with children. Visit the site.

Best Companies for Gay and Lesbian Workers

Every year, the Human Rights Campaign produces a list of the best places to work for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees. Visit the site.

Fortune 500

The best-known ranking of America's largest corporations. Includes detailed company profiles and corporate contact information. Visit the site.

Fortune Global 500

The best-known ranking of the world's largest corporations. Includes detailed company profiles and corporate contact information. Visit the site.

Forbes Best

Forbes magazine produces a comprehensive collection of lists ranking the "best" companies in a variety of different categories. Those include: the 200 Best Small Companies, the 400 Best Big Companies, America's Largest Private Companies, Asia's Best Under A Billion, Asia's Fab 50 Companies, Global High Performers, The Forbes 2000, Top Microfinance Institutions. All of these are accessible through this link.

 

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