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burn bridges jobOfficially, as of August 12th, I changed employers. I used to work for a massive global computer consulting company, with 60,000 employees across the globe. After suffering through the last few years, I decided it was time to look for a company that better values its employees. After “managed vacations” (a.k.a. forced vacations), unpaid furloughs and the ongoing and never-ending threat of layoffs, it became more than apparent that it was long past time to leave this poorly managed computer consulting conglomerate.

However, just leaving didn’t really feel like my style. I mean, I’ve worked for the same company for 13 years and it just didn’t seem cool to just silently walk off into the sunset. Therefore, I decided to share the management shortfalls and corporate shortcomings of this company with the entire world. I decided to “burn my bridges” I guess you could say.

7 Resources To Share How Companies Fail Employees

One thing that I noticed when I was job hunting – around the time when I wrote about the 10 most effective job hunting websites Top 10 Most Effective Job Search Websites Top 10 Most Effective Job Search Websites Read More – was that there are a few websites out there where former employees provide completely honest reviews of what it’s like to work at the company. Those sites provide such a great insight of what it’s really like at the company.

Ann offered a few great websites where you can vent about your job How To Safely Complain About Your Boss or Job Online How To Safely Complain About Your Boss or Job Online Read More or boss, but during my explorations, I discovered 7 more awesome sites where I could provide other job-seekers a similar service, once I quit my job for greener pastures.

Glassdoor

The first of those services is definitely Glassdoor. It’s fast and easy to quickly post a review about any company that you’ve worked for (or are currently working for).

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What I like most about Glassdoor is that it allows you the space and freedom to write whatever you like. So long as your comments aren’t vulgar or outrageous and you’re fair and honest with your review, it’ll get published. If you want to get your company review before the eyes of potential employees, this is the place to do it.

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Ping My Company

Another great website for slamming your former company and burning those bridges is a site called PingMyCompany. At this site, you can “ping” the company on a variety of factors like management, pay and more. Take a look at what other people have pinged the company for.

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Then when you’re ready, go ahead and ping the company yourself. Choose a category that you want to review the company on and then go ahead and post your comments for the world to see. Other users will read your comments and either ping the company up or down based on their own experiences.

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Rate Your Company

There is another fairly new website in the company ratings came called RateYourCompany. This website is pretty fast and easy. Just quickly add the company and position information at the top, and then rate the company on the 12 factors listed. You can go ahead and slam them in the areas where you know the company sucks, but be honest in the areas where they don’t.

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Payscale

Payscale is another great website to use if you want to warn prospective employees of the pathetic wages that your former employer offers. Just fill out the PayScale survey and make sure to include your salary numbers so that they get tabulated into the overall results that PayScale offers for that employer.

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Worked Here

Yet another fairly new employer review website with great potential is WorkedHere. This site offers a unique way to rate companies based on geographic location. That way you can go right to the map to find the company that you work for, quickly click on it and offer your own rating in addition to everyone else’s.

If you don’t see your company listed on the map, then go ahead and add it along with your rating. It’s fast and easy, and all you need to add one is an email account. You can make your rating anonymous if you like.

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Rate Your Job, Rate Your Boss

There’s another fairly new ratings website called RateYourJob-RateYourBoss that lets you burn your bridges big time by not only rating how crappy the company is, but also your boss. I personally didn’t feel the need to do this, because I actually liked the boss that I worked with, but I took great pleasure in rating my old company on this site.

LinkedIn

Finally, there is one last site you can use to slam your former company in a big way, and that site is LinkedIn. LinkedIn is fast becoming the site of choice for people that are searching for a new company to work for. What better way to slam your former company than to issue an update about your departure from the company and why.

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Leave no doubt as to which company you’re talking about. Search for the company page on LinkedIn, and then click the “Share” button to share a comment about that company. It’s a quick way to slam the company at the same time you’re slamming the door on your way out.

One thing many professionals will tell you when you leave a company is to never burn your bridges. For the most part, this is true. You never know when you may need to work for the company again some day. However, when you’re leaving a particular company that you know beyond any doubt that you’ll never want to work for again – feel free to use the above resources to burn all of those bridges in style.

Have you ever used any of the sites listed above to review a company? Did you ever offer a very negative review? Share your experiences in the comments section below.

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  1. Guest
    September 27, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    CSC, nuff said.

  2. Sachin Korgaonkar
    September 13, 2011 at 4:49 am

    Almost every organization has a problem. Somewhere employees are overlooked or somewhere they are mismanaged or may be lots of politics. Every alternate team from every company has issues. HR, Finance, Technical etc etc. It is simply team-work.

    In my opinion, we should never work for company or any Boss. We should report to our Work. Whatever is your Job, you should do it with perfection and delivered with Quality.

    The bad environment is all depend upon their department bosses and the team, it is nothing to with whole Company. We are all somehow responsible for the dirty organizations because we were part of this situation and instead of solving the issues (at our capacity), we simply quit. Quit for better job, opportunity, salary or environment.

    ...and you are writing your failures while burning these bridges.

    • Ryan Dube
      September 17, 2011 at 1:29 am

      Sachin - I agree only to an extent. There comes a point when you are made powerless to make any difference in fixing what is wrong with the company by those above.  If someone leaves a job because corrupt management distributed unpaid furloughs while they themselves accept millions in stock options and other benefits, you can hardly say the employee "failed" by leaving that company and burning those corrupt bridges.

  3. Anonymous
    August 26, 2011 at 4:32 am

    funny article... I wish I never would have to do so.. *fingers crossed*

  4. Gabriel
    August 24, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    "One thing many professionals will tell you when you leave a company is
    to never burn your bridges."

    The above quotation is true, but I totally agree with burning bridges when that's the case. Let everyone know what's it like working for that company.

    The only thing I would like to add is - be honest in your appreciations/reviews.

    • Ryan Dube
      August 24, 2011 at 11:48 pm

      Thanks Gabriel - I agree...honesty is important. I think it's nice as a job-seeker to get the bad as well as the good.

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