2 Surefire Signs of A Great Company to Work For

Linda Le Phan

Whether you’re actively searching for a new job or just passively browsing through opportunities that catch your eye, there’s a LOT of information out there for job seekers to sort through. From countless job boards, company websites, career sites, social media platforms, you name it, you would think that choosing good companies to work for would be easy, right?

Not exactly.

You see, while there’s a lot of information online for job seekers to sort through, a whole lot of the stuff you’ll find on the internet comes disorganized, disjointed, or just not directly helpful for making reliable job search decisions.

For example:

  • How often have you had to dig really deep for useful inside information about working at a company?
  • How often have you found some information about a company in one place, only to have that be totally contradicted by another source you found online?
  • How often have you been at a loss about critical details about life at a company that you wanted to know about (benefits, office environment, opinions from actual employees, etc.)?

For many job seekers, the answer to most of these is likely “pretty often”.

While there’s no quick-fix solution to this problem, the big thing to take away is this: you could spend all the time in the world Googling companies to work for during your job search, but be prepared for it to be a total waste of time unless you approach your search in the right way.

Search for the must-haves

The better and way more effective way to go about your job search is to specifically keep an eye out for the surefire (must-have!) signs that make a company a great place to work. Using that knowledge, you can then weed out the companies that are least likely to be a good fit for you, and in the worst cases, may even end up making your work-life miserable.

To improve your chances at job search success, look for these 2 surefire signs of a great company to work for:

1. Happy, current employees are easy to find

A great, telltale sign of a company worth working for is one whose employees are proud advocates of where they work. Because just think about it – if something in your life makes you happy you’d want everyone to know about it, wouldn’t you?

For example, a CHRISTUS Health employee shared in a review that the company is “a great place to work!”, so that anyone who’s researching the CHRISTUS Health as a potential employer would be sure to know. Even better is if a company makes a deliberate effort of their own to showcase happy, current employees so that job seekers (like you!) can find them easily. AT&T does a fantastic job at this through their employer branding profile, where they share their employees’ real experiences as well as fun details about AT&T’s company culture that job seekers would want to know.

So overall, as a job seeker, use this tip to your advantage by seeking out companies who not only shine a light on their employees, but whose employees also seem genuinely happy to work at the company and share that with the world.

2. The company’s purpose is clear (and it’s one you can get behind!)

Every company should have a clear purpose. In fact, I recently covered in depth about how a company’s purpose and mission helps determines its overall company culture. The reason a company’s purpose matters so much for your job search is because it’s a great early way to “match” yourself to companies who align with your own personality and beliefs while also avoiding the ones who don’t.

For example, do you feel strongly about having a healthy lifestyle? Then chances are you probably wouldn’t want to work for a tobacco company or a donut shop. Do you like freedom of expression and typically take a liberal stance on many issues? Then you should probably steer clear from applying to companies with a very conservative corporate mission or your local Republican campaign office. The closer your own purpose aligns with the companies you’re applying to, the more likely you’ll be able to find the right job at the right company, faster.

Can you think of any other surefire signs of a great place to work? Or better yet, want to learn more ways to improve your job search? Connect with us @kununu_US!


Linda Le Phan is the Content Marketing Manager at kununu US, a place where job seekers can get an authentic view of life at a company and where employers have a trusted platform to better engage talent. That means that everything on the editorial calendar goes through her (want to write for us? learn more here). When she’s not creating content about the modern workplace, company culture, and life & work hacks, she is probably going out to get an iced coffee (even in Boston winter), raiding the snack drawer, or jamming to kununu’s Spotify playlist.