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The influence of employer rankings, employment experience, and employee characteristics on employer branding as an employer of choice

Gordhan K. Saini (School of Management and Labour Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India)
I.M. Jawahar (Department of Management and Quantitative Methods, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois, USA)

Career Development International

ISSN: 1362-0436

Article publication date: 3 September 2019

Issue publication date: 25 October 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

Drawing on the psychological contract theory and signaling theory, the purpose of this paper is twofold: first, to examine the effect of employer rankings and employment experience on employee recommendation of an employer as an employer of choice and second, to examine whether these effects vary by employee characteristics (i.e. full-time vs part-time, current vs former and newcomers vs established employees).

Design/methodology/approach

The authors used multilevel logistic regression on a sample of 39,010 Glassdoor employee reviews, drawn from the companies for which three-year employer rankings (from 2015 to 2017) were available, to achieve our research objectives.

Findings

The results show that employment experience influenced employees’ recommendation of an employer as an employer of choice. The average standardized rankings for three years (i.e. 2015–2017) was also associated with employees’ recommendation of an employer as an employer of choice. Employee characteristics such as employment type (i.e. full-time vs part-time), employment status (i.e. current vs former) and tenure significantly interacted with employment experience in affecting recommendations of a company as an employer of choice.

Originality/value

In contrast to the bulk of the research on employer branding that relied on job seekers, the authors studied factors that influence employees’ recommendation of an employer as an employer of choice, arguably the most important indicator of employer internal brand strength. The results offer fresh theoretical and practical insights in an area where research lags far behind practice.

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Acknowledgements

Authors thank Siddharthan R. for his help in the data collection.

Citation

Saini, G.K. and Jawahar, I.M. (2019), "The influence of employer rankings, employment experience, and employee characteristics on employer branding as an employer of choice", Career Development International, Vol. 24 No. 7, pp. 636-657. https://doi.org/10.1108/CDI-11-2018-0290

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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