Answered By: Erin Wachowicz
Last Updated: Jul 13, 2017     Views: 34

While companies don't generally disclose this information, searching for information from multiple sources can provide you with some clues. Some suggestions:

  • Company Websites

Look for sections that cover company information, jobs and/or employment, or news. For public companies, look at their 10-k. 

  • Company Profiles 

Library databases that include company profiles may offer information that can be helpful. For example, management moves, changes in corporate structure, and CSR initiatives can provide information on company culture and employee relations.

Try: D&B Hoovers (formerly OneSource & Avention), S&P NetAdvantageCapital IQ, Bloomberg or FactSet. 

  • Articles and Books 

Many companies will be the topic of books and articles.  For example, a number of of books have been written about Starbucks, their mission, and corporate culture.  Magazines and trade publications will often include articles that can provide insight into a company's HR practices. Examples:  Are there lawsuits filed by employees? Have they received awards? A good way to explore what is available at Yale by using Quicksearch

For news and articles, try Business Source Complete, ABI/Inform, Factiva, or LexisNexis. Tip: Try to include multiple keywords in your searches. For example: Human resource management OR personnel management; employment evaluations OR performance appraisal; employee hiring OR recruitment.  

  • Find Insider Info

Vault Career Insider includes employer rankings as well as employee comments on various aspects of working at a number of companies.  You will need to create a personal user account using your Yale email address to access Vault Career Insider. Glassdoor has similar features. Also, consider talking to current and former employees in your network or reaching out to HR at the company directly.

  • Ranking and Lists

Published lists on "best companies to work for" will usually include explanations of why a ranked company made a list - a great source of information on policies. Examples:

Glassdoor Best Places to Work

Fortune Magazine's 100 Best Companies to Work For (other Fortune rankings available at: http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/rankings/)

JobStar Best Companies

Contact the Business & Management Librarian