Researching Employers

Taking the time to research Industries and the specific organizations contained within is a very wise, pro-active step in any job or internship search. First, it saves you from having to rely on job boards for identifying possible companies and organizations you’d want to work for. With as many as 30-45% of all available jobs remaining hidden – that is, not being advertised on any job board – it’s critical to build target lists within the occupational/industry sectors you wish to pursue.

Additionally, many factors help determine your future happiness when finding the right organization to work for.  Through online research, as well as networking with current or former employees, you can gain valuable perspective about company culture and current conditions that either attract you towards or repel you from a prospective employer. 

The tools are at your fingertips!


The library holds subscriptions to the following online resources to help you learn all you can about an employer to enhance your applications and cover letters and prepare for interviews. These are also useful when identifying a target list of companies within a particular industry:

  • LexisNexis Academic Universe: Full-text access to news, business, medical, educational and legal sources.
  • Factiva: Factiva lets you quickly search nearly 8,000 publications in 22 languages, including the world's most prestigious publications, local sources and the Reuters and Dow Jones newswires. In addition, is the exclusive archive of The Wall Street Journal. You also can search the content of more than 9,000 Web sites.
  • Hoover’s Online: Hoover's Company Capsules & Profiles includes brief information on 15,000 companies, including an overview of company operations, addresses, phone and fax numbers, names of key officers, a list of top competitors, sales and employment figures, and stock symbols.
  • VAULT, and WetFeet
  • AtoZ databases: Create a custom targeted list of more than 30 million US organizations based on geography, industry, size, etc.
  • S&P Net Advantage: Identify key financial and competitive analysis of 7,000 public companies
    • Books of Lists Collection:  The main campus library contains a series of Books of Lists for several major metropolitan areas around the U.S. (like the ATL Book of Lists mentioned above).  A great way to build a target list of organizations to research if you’re headed for life in big city U.S.A. 
    • Job Bank Guides:  These books contain listings of companies in all major industries within a specific metropolitan area. Contact information, benefits and company profiles are among the types of information provided. Some newer editions are available on-line and included in library catalog.

Research Employee Reviews and Company Culture

  • CareerBliss: A career community dedicated to helping you find happiness in the workplace and therefore in life." This site offers jobs, review of employers by employees, salary information for those same employers by those same employees, and the BlissFinder, their survey of your work situation designed to help you find what makes you happy (or unhappy) about your current job.
  • Also collects surveys from current or former employees of various organizations and makes the available to you for free. The catch: in order to view the full info, you must submit a survey (either salary or review) of your own. Founded by Robert Hohman (formerly of and Rich Barton (founder of Expedia). As with all sites of this type, students should take the reviews with a grain of salt and compare them with comments/reviews on other sites.

Print Resources

  • Woodruff Library Business Reference Section: The Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Book of Lists



A popular series of INDUSTRY GUIDES, located underneath the GUIDES tab on VAULT’s homepage, provide an excellent overview of many industries and related career roles – all downloadable in the form of easy-to-read PDFs.  Be sure to access these through The Career Center’s website, which allows you to first create a free account (paid for by Emory subscription), providing these guides free to currently enrolled Emory students using a current Emory email address.

Wet Feet

Wet Feet's products are used by job seekers all over the world. In addition to their Insider Guides and Career Profiles, they produce WetFeet magazine, which features career advice tailored to undergraduate students.

Woodruff Library

Located across campus, the main library houses Books of Lists from many major U.S. cities in its Business Career Reference Section, located on the 2nd floor. These can be used to research industry sectors and the organizations within them in that geographic locale.

Net Advantage

S&P Net Advantage allows you to locate current and archived in-depth industry overviews for 52+ industries.


The US Department of Labor’s CareerOneStop Industry Information page contains a set of resources to explore industry trends within the United States, including industries that are among the fastest-growing, house the largest numbers of jobs, are marked by rising or declining employment, are highest-paying, and more. 

Book of Lists

The Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Book of Lists, contained in the Career Center’s own resource library in B. Jones Center, will help students seeking jobs and internships in the Atlanta area to examine target industry sectors in the Atlanta Metro Area, providing a further breakdown of specific companies and organizations within each. (Not available for checkout – but copies can be made using the library copier).