It seems the move towards more transparency is moving beyond the confines of the boardroom and into the HR department.
TechCrunch provides an overview of Glassdoor, a new site that positions itself has "a career and workplace community where anyone can find and anonymously share real-time reviews, ratings, and salary details about specific jobs for specific employers."
In the TechCrunch rundown, for example, we discover that the pay range for software engineers at Google is between $80,000 and $150,000, and that while Microsoft and Yahoo engineers are paid in the same general range, they recieve much smaller bonuses (and also don't have heated toilets).
Glassdoor could evolve quickly into the Zillow for disgruntled employees, with sandbagging salary entries intended to drive away qualified prospects.
So as with any crowdsourcing site, trash in, trash out, and vice versa. Since Glassdoor is smartly starting with Bay Area companies, where the HR plot thickens and talent is still valued, the cream could very well rise to the top and provide a valuable service.
We shall see.
In the meantime, once you've used Glassdoor's information to help narrow down the short list of your next employment stop, be sure to also check out the new Lotus Connections 2.0 that was announced yesterday at the Enterprise 2.0 conference in Boston.
The new version of Lotus Connections (which we will soon be using inside and outside the IBM firewall) allows for home page streaming of feeds from various components of the Connections application (think Facebook Newsfeed for the enterprise), so that folks can keep track with the goings on with their colleagues.
The widgets feature will also allow people to customize their main page and also add links from outside the enterprise (Scrabulous, anyone?), or even customized business applications from inside the organization.
You can learn more about the new Lotus Connections here.