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Old 08-11-2016, 07:37 PM
 
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I was researching a company I was planning to apply to a few weeks ago and saw they had a terrible Glassdoor rating and there was nothing but lots 1 and 2 star reviews so I decided against it. Fast forward to today and I see another posting from this company so I check it out on Glassdoor again to see if there were new reviews. Well there were new reviews. In fact in a period of two days they got flooded with really good reviews. These were all over the top saying stuff like "Oh Company X is so wonderful" and "I can't think of any cons of working here". It totally looks fake to me. Has anyone else seen this before?
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Old 08-11-2016, 08:39 PM
 
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Absolutely, 100%, it happens.

Companies also get glassdoor to delete negative reviews.

You have to read between the lines sometimes.

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Old 08-11-2016, 10:08 PM
 
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I've seen this before. One company I was researching had either really positive reviews or really negative ones. The positive reviews rarely had any cons...and most of the negative reviews complained about the fake reviews.
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Old 08-12-2016, 04:21 AM
 
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This happens all the time. Usually for companies that have tons of 1 and 2-star reviews, when there are good reviews, they usually all come in in a spurt of around 5-10 4- and 5-star reviews over the course of the week. It's not terribly convincing when the company in question has been pretty consistent with getting 1- and 2-star reviews over the course of a year or two.

Now if the 4- and 5-star reviews start coming consistently over a longer period, that might show a change in management or that the company has turned around. You should be able to see comments to that effect in the glassdoor reviews, however, as opposed to just the generic "great" reviews you often see when companies have employees go in and fake reviews all of a sudden.

Usually with reviews THAT bad, it's pretty easy to confirm them. I know one place in my area that always gets the 1- and 2-star reviews and it's not hard to find people who can confirm what a horrible workplace it is. It's hardly a well-kept secret.
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Old 08-12-2016, 05:27 AM
 
Location: Planet Telex
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I've heard some companies actually have their employees write positive reviews while on the clock. I'm not so sure why, seems like they should be worrying about other things.
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Old 08-12-2016, 06:12 AM
 
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Now if the 4- and 5-star reviews start coming consistently over a longer period, that might show a change in management or that the company has turned around. You should be able to see comments to that effect in the glassdoor reviews, however, as opposed to just the generic "great" reviews you often see when companies have employees go in and fake reviews all of a sudden.
Initially I did think that maybe the management had started to change their way of doing things but like I said the reviews were all posted within a two day time frame and they all had similar wording which makes me think that one person just sat there writing fake reviews.
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Old 08-12-2016, 07:34 AM
 
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YES! Fake positive Glassdoor reviews are a given with start-ups in the Silicon Valley. Gotta keep the HR PR machine going!
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Old 08-12-2016, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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As others have stated, take Glassdoor reviews with a grain of salt. The last company I worked for was horrible-they paid below industry standards and managed by fear and intimidation. I took the job because the Glassdoor reviews were wonderful (live and learn). After I left I posted a negative review on Glassdoor and it was removed two weeks later. I saw other negative postings after mine and those were removed as well. I also found out from an employee who works there that an email was sent out to everyone encouraging them to post positive reviews on Glassdoor. Needless to say they have an overall rating of 4.2/5, which is sooooo not true.
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Old 08-12-2016, 10:46 AM
 
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Yeah I have seen this. Some company that gave me a job interview a while back ago had fake reviews and one guy posted a bad review saying the COO told everyone to go post positive reviews.

Someone asked wouldn't they have better things to do?

Well, if you read all their bad reviews it would give a potential employee the upper hand in a job interview.

I'm also suspicious of places that have little to no reviews. At one job they pretty much scared everyone into submission, specially the H1B's. Want to complain? They would threaten their visa...
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Old 08-13-2016, 05:19 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn,NY
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YES! Fake positive Glassdoor reviews are a given with start-ups in the Silicon Valley. Gotta keep the HR PR machine going!
Some Businesses do this. The best reputation comes from consumers so faking it a way to convince others its good quality. its like the infomercials with the shills posing as real people saying "this weed wacker/hair trimmer/blowtorch/light saber swiss army tool is the best ever!!! People get sold. They buy. Cycle goes on.
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