A new site, OutBüro, aims to fill the void in the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer working and professional community by offering a Glassdoor-like service where LGBTQ employees can rate their employers.
The site was founded by Dennis Velco, builder and moderator of LinkedIn’s largest LGBT professional group, which boasts 47,000 global members.
Rating options at OutBüro include general employment areas, as well as those specific to an employer’s LGBTQ polices, benefits, culture, work-life balance, job security, CEO performance, and more. The rating process features a free-form text review along with prompting for pros and cons and a message to the CEO.
Registration is required to use the site; registered members’ ratings are displayed anonymously. All ratings must adhere to the company’s community and company guidelines. Members may indicate a rating as helpful as well as flag inappropriate content for community self-governance.
The site allows every LGBTQ person to add their current and past employers, if the companies are not already listed. OutBüro is open to all company sizes, from small local businesses to Fortune 100 firms. There are also no geographic limitations; OutBüro’s company rating directory is worldwide. No matter where an LGBTQ person lives and works they can have a voice in praising their employer or offering constructive feedback to be a catalyst for change, OutBüro notes.
Employers also have a voice at the site. Companies may claim their listing to gain additional features and ensure their information is correctly represented, especially with regard to the following policies and practices that form the basis for employee responses:
- Sexual orientation non-discrimination policy
- Gender identity non-discrimination
- Domestic partner benefits
- Supports LGBTQ equality globally (if operating in more than one country)
- LGBT inclusion competency
- Public commitment to LGBTQ equality
- Requires similar policies in contractors and vendors
The OutBüro platform also allows registered members to connect and interact one on one and via focused groups. The site aims to serve as a resource for LGBTQ professionals at any phase of their career – from entry level to professional to entrepreneur.
OutBüro also features a job portal that enables employers to attract quality LGBTQ candidates while demonstrating their commitment to the LGBTQ community. Job seekers may add their resume/CV to the site’s growing searchable database.