How To Safely Complain About Your Boss or Job Online

Ann Smarty 19-01-2009

complain about your boss Does your job drive you crazy? Do you want to get even with a former or existing employer? There is a better way to solve these issues than just to get fired. Release your job stress by using any of the following websites where complain about your boss or work place. These sites allow job seekers and current employees to research a company or leave anonymous feedback about their experiences working at a company.


Use these sites to warn prospective employees against joining the company. Or just share your experience with others and let them help you solve your problems.

Telonu is a new website that invites anyone to “Rave, Rant, and Rate“ about their business thus informing prospective employees as well as providing co-workers a place to gossip anonymously.


WorkRant is a site that invites users to “release your job stress and have a workrant”. The site interface is dead simple. What’s really great about the site is that you do not need to register: just provide your name, location, job title and rant! Beware: the site is full of obscene words.

BossBitching is similar to the above one. You can post your sad workplace stories with no registration required. It remains unclear to me how to rate the stories though (each story has some ratings but I couldn’t find where to put them).


JobVent invites people to post negative (and positive) experiences on their job allowing thus for the stress release and also warning people who are going to start a new job. Company reviews are submitted along with ratings that are used to calculate the rank for each company submitted.

jobvent - complain about coworker

The site participants are asked to keep in mind that:

  • no company deserves the lowest ratings in every category;
  • negative ratings should be adequately grounded;
  • profanity is not allowed;
  • do not post names or initials, just the company name;
  • each company can be reviewed only once by one individual.

Axelist invites people to share negative experiences with any kind of possible contacts with bosses being obviously the most popular of them.


Apart from the detailed complaint, the website provides some of the offenders’ details: their age and location. The site explains its benefits the following way:

File your complaint and watch Axelist expose and put your villain on the spot. We will post and promote your story and even go beyond the Internet to help you make your case.

HateMyJob category at a social voting site allows you to share stories about you getting fired or read other people’s negative experiences and thus release your job stress.

RateMyEmployer is a Canadian site offering users to rate their job places based on a number of criteria: values and corporate culture, work space (layout), teamwork and cooperation, schedule, work load and holidays. To rate or add an employer you even won’t have to register.

Criticat offers to “rate your company and share your workplace experiences”. Unlike others similar sites, it seems to promote a bit of a different concept that appeals to me: it offers not just to aimlessly rant but to try to improve the situation:


Do you feel you have a great solution to a problem in your company but not sure if everyone else will agree with you? Come to Criticat, create a poll anonymously, build consensus and cause the change.


JobBite allows you to post job reviews and rate your overall work experience and your salary. You are also invited to describe the workplace culture. The site requires no registration, so a job review won’t take you more than a few seconds.

HowsThatJob claims to provide “job reviews from real people”. The site allows you to post anonymous reviews with no registration required.

Note: I am not 100% advocative of the above services. My main concern is that they are completely anonymous and so easy to use that a company or an employer is in no way protected from unfair accusations. I am also not sure of the legal side of the issue: are these sites allowed to publish unconfirmed rants?


I am also surprised at the number of these sites that pop up. None of them have really risen to become a well-known leader so far. But they all seem to be fairly popular!

Would you use these sites? Please share your thoughts!

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  1. Mommamaria80
    April 23, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    This article needs to be updated every year, as some of these sites get taken over by another host, or they just go out of business, as well as new sites come into being.

    At least three of the sites listed on here, as of 4/23/2019 don't exist anymore, as when I googled them, nothing came up, or some completely different company came up.

  2. People Suck
    May 3, 2017 at 5:20 am

    The company I work for sounds like a great company on the surface. You are employed to care for adults with tramadic brain injuries. Unfortunately most staff and some managers must have some sort of disability themselves. They talk about everybody than turn around and and talk sweet to that one to their face. Everybody is so petty. Some ignore the true needs of the client and choose to join in the immature games people play. If you work in the type of field I think that's great! I did too... but unfortunately the staff has turned me into looking for another career.

  3. cooley
    December 11, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    where can my husband make a complaint on a buiness that fired him for non-job related and he filed unemployment but the job now madwe bogus lies on him to unempolyment i need a email address and or a number to some to complain or sue

  4. black
    November 4, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    does anyone know how to delete comments once they have been posted on this page.

  5. Shawn
    November 1, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    I were working at Northeast college in Mount Pleasant Texas staff that work for college do not like blacks do not send your kids there the health dept need to pay a vist there 2886 FM 1735
    mount pleasant Tx. 75455

  6. Shawn
    November 1, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    I worked for a SSC SERVICES SOLUTIONS for one year and was relocated to a new job site and after 3 mt's my manager wanted me to relocated back to previous account because customer did not want a black manager there any longer. This is discrimination. This company is located in KNOXVILLE TN they have contracts world wide . they will tell u a lot of great things to get u to work for them.

  7. Angioplasty
    October 24, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Thank you so much for this post. I never knew these places existing! What a great way to relieve some stress!

  8. Slartibartfarst
    January 25, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    Vey interesting comment you make there:
    "Religion has nothing to do with goverments trying to keep their people oppressed or taking away freedom of opinion/speech."

    Thankyou, I stand corrected, and so do the history books regarding what they say about the age of freedom, freedom of thought and expression, the Reformation and the move to secular states (hello Turkey). Also, it is now clear to me that the USA Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, 5th aAmendment et. are probably all bunkum too.

    Damn! And I thought I was just getting the hang of this history thing.

  9. Bass
    January 25, 2009 at 6:01 am

    Startibartfarst, It's better to keep comments strictly tech-related in such websites, because some (like myself) might disagree with what you just said but don't want to start such discussion/debate in here, Religion has nothing to do with goverments trying to keep their people oppressed or taking away freedom of opinion/speech. there for for most people in our regions secular states aren't desired.

  10. Slartibartfarst
    January 20, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    There's an interesting variance in the comments there:
    (a) Limited or no freedom of speech in Malaysia, eh? I guess that's because it's a non-secular state (secular = where the government is separate from religion).

    (b) Freedom of speech in the "Western" world, leading to people making indiscreee comments in public forums - comments that could backfire on themselves.

  11. David
    January 20, 2009 at 10:54 am

    Dang. These are better than mine. I built a while back for just this purpose! I see people gripe and complain about work on Facebook, while at the same time they are linked in with their bosses and coworkers, making the complaints very visible.

  12. muhaimin
    January 19, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    great post. I hope malaysia will own one. I dont think we can have such website in our country

  13. Slartibartfarst
    January 19, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    You could also look at

    That site gives a rating (score and up to 5 stars) for each company, from the proletariat. For example, a good rating is given to IBM with 3.6 (4 stars) and a poor rating is given to the troubled HP of 1.7 (2 stars). Some of the employee comments on HP are rather sad - looks like that once-great IT company has been run down and could be unrecoverable.