CubeCheck: The Yelp for Employers


You can already rate your professors, grade restaurants, review your friends or even register a philandering spouse online so it’s not surprising that you can now put your workplace on shout, too., a website launched in February 2010, lets users anonymously review their employer. However, according to creator Scott Griffis, the site wasn’t designed so you could have an anonymous go at your less-than-stellar employer. Instead, CubeCheck is intended to help prospective employees get an idea of what they can expect should they accept a new job offer.

“We are trying to achieve a better workplace and a better life for everyone in the workforce,” Griffis explains. “Happy employees make better companies. That is good for everyone involved. I want to give people a tool to look inside companies and report what is really going on inside.”

As such, CubeCheck attempts to spotlight global companies with great work conditions in addition to warning users about the companies who don’t. In order to do this, the site relies on user reviews. Interested participants log on and fill out a survey about their current or former employer. Questions are asked to elicit information about:

  • What employees think of the management team.
  • The average salary for a position
  • Work / life balance
  • How many people are leaving the company and why.
  • What's it like to work at a particular department or location at that company

Both the user and the company need to be registered if a review is to be completed. It’s fairly simple to create a personal account. Those who are providing an initial review for their company will have to register the employer as well.

Once completed, however, you can rate away. CubeCheck keeps track of its most reviewed corporations, but, other than that, there’s a collective rating system. The critiques, for the most part, seem more constructive than critical.

One Target review gave the retailer props for its sense of teamwork, while calling out its heavy corporate workload.  You can, however, find a rant scattered here and there.

“We get beaten down by upper management at EVERY turn!” one Dave& Buster’s manager wrote in review. “We can't even express an opinion without being threatened. We constantly get berated if we don't get more bodies in the door, spending money.”

CubeCheck does edit the reviews for obscenities and other offensive items. You can check out the aforementioned Dave & Buster’s critique, which was done anonymously, to get a better idea of how this is done. Employees who have nice things to say can do so on the record, but most choose not to.

Griffis says he plans to increase the sites offering in the future.

“We are working on ways to identify women-friendly companies, follow promotion paths through a company and add additional privacy options for our reviewers,” he says. In the meantime, CubeCheck is focusing its efforts on collecting data and awarding companies who receive consistent positive reviews. Companies that are awarded titles will be published in a press release and receive logos that can be placed on websites, newsletters or job announcements.

According to Griffis, companies that are interested in being included on the website can contact the site or just ask their employees to use the site to write honest reviews of the company.

We suggest you enlist carefully.

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