Have a Grievance? Share Away!
In my experience, people who hide behind the cloak of anonymity generally behave worse than people using their real names on the Internet. Even people using their real names will write things that they would be unlikely to say to someone's face. The big picture is that nobody is truly anonymous anymore and eventually I would expect for people to remember that manners matter, even on the Interwebs.
With that preamble out of the way, we all love juicy insider information. First person accounts. I've found two services that allow people to describe their experiences of either working for a company or getting paid while consulting for a company.
Glassdoor describes their service perfectly. Glassdoor is your free inside look at jobs and companies. Salary details, company reviews and interview questions - all posted anonymously by employees and job seekers.
I've checked out a few public companies using this service and it does provide an unvarnished snapshot of how people in the trenches view the company. Employees are happy to share their tales of woe anonymously and that makes Glassdoor very useful. Many great companies squeeze the life out of their employees. Companies grow and lose their culture. While the site is tailored for job-seekers, it is pretty handy for anyone interested in investing in a company. I would hope that HR departments pay attention to it as well.
Satago lets freelancers know when they'll actually get paid. Currently UK based. You'll blow your anonymity pretty quickly if you gripe about a smallish firm that doesn't pay many freelancers but it is a valuable site because it answers a fundamental question for consultants. How quickly will I get paid? If this business scales into other countries, it could also be used to track the relative health of different industries.
The founders wear t-shirts that say F**k You. Pay Me. I think that is reason enough to pay attention to them.