No prior explanation of what the data will be used for, no assurance that my information will be anonymous, nothing. Closed the tab.
Please consider supporting alternate signup methods for those of us that don't want personal information tied to reviews. I know you very well may not do this, but if you don't tell people that up front, the mind goes places...
I deleted my LinkedIn account months ago. This service could be pretty useful/interesting/funny to share around the office, but requiring LinkedIn is a killer (in a bad way) for me.
We're looking at other ways now to check if someone works at the company without requiring LinkedIn.
We will repost to HN once we add a second verification feature.
From experience, you can manually verify a lot and have a very few false positives. You might just require a bit more person to person interaction.
Thanks for the feedback!
* Do you think, on average, you work with smart people in your area?
* Would you recommend this company to your friends?
* How do you feel about management/politics/agility?
PS: I like the idea of using Linked-In profile. Nice.
We also envision a responsive algorithm based on a variety of variables (i.e., questions skipped or ignored repeatedly).
How can you make the scores more relevant to a new visitor? I'd personally like a little survey that asks me what I value in a culture, and then calculates a match based on what other people have seen.
I'm not interested in registering, but looking at the sign-up page, it seems signing in with LinkedIn is optional, is it not?
No account is Candid required, we simply use the LinkedIn API to check that the current position for that would-be reviewer has a current position at the company they are trying to review.
As you mention someone could scam that of course. We're working on ways to get even better data (i.e. real current employees).
This is our MVP and we wanted to get people scoring companies as frictionless as possible.
Sorry for the lack of explanation. We're adding some copy to explain why we require a linked in verification. Basically, it was of the few ways we can check where someone works without sending an email to their work email - hence keeping it 100% anon.
We're working on it!
I have an ideological issue with LinkedIn. It made some people I like a boatload of money, so I like it on that front, but I also feel like the modern trend of oversharing one's economic relationships is really dangerous, so I prefer to keep my career history semi-private. I'm not ashamed of anything (except one shitball startup where I worked for 3 months and that I don't include on my resume) but I prefer to conserve information in a game (private-sector self-preservation and advancement) that is more adversarial than it is socially acceptable to admit.