Q : I'm a junior software developer who is two months into a job search. I've interviewed at a number of companies and there's one that I really like. The only problem is they have really bad reviews on Glassdoor. Is this a red flag?
A : You can't please everyone, and sites like Glassdoor are proof of that. While you might be worried about the complaints made about this company, it's important to remember that negative reviews should be taken with a pinch of salt.
But rather than taking reviews at face value, use them as a platform for asking questions during an interview.
For example, if there are reviews complaining about a lack of development opportunities, ask about the kind of stretch assignments people on the team have been given recently. If there are complaints that the company doesn't promote from within, research on LinkedIn where their leaders have come from.
Ultimately, any concerns with a potential employer can be put to your recruiter. They are uniquely placed to address any concerns and ensuring you're prepared to bring them up with the company. Using our knowledge and relationships to your advantage will see you right in the long run.