Recruit Holdings Completes Glassdoor Acquisition

Recruit Holdings finishes acquiring Glassdoor

June 25, 2018 – Tokyo-based Recruit Holdings, a human resources company with far-reaching tentacles into the global recruiting sector, has completed its $1.2 billion acquisition of Glassdoor.

Glassdoor, renowned for its employee reviews of businesses as well as salary information, has become “a distinct and separate part” of Recruiting Holdings’ expanding HR technology business segment.

“Glassdoor has transformed how people search for jobs and how companies recruit,” said Robert Hohman, Glassdoor’s CEO and co-founder. “Joining with Recruit allows Glassdoor to accelerate its innovation and growth to help job seekers find a job and company they love while also helping employers hire quality candidates. Over the past 10 years, Glassdoor has built an incredible foundation and now it’s time to expand our efforts to further help job seekers, employees and employers everywhere.”

Mr. Hohman will continue to lead Glassdoor.

“Glassdoor presents a powerful platform that is changing how people find jobs everywhere,” said Hisayuki Idekoba (Deko), Recruit COO and head of the HR technology segment. “Glassdoor is an impressive company with strong leadership, mission, products, clients and employees. We are excited to help them continue to grow and deliver value to the job seekers and employers they serve.”

Great Potential

Mr. Idekoba said he saw great potential for the addition to his company. “Glassdoor presents a powerful platform that is changing how people find jobs everywhere,” he said in a statement. “Glassdoor is an impressive company with strong leadership, mission, products, clients and employees. We are excited to help them continue to grow and deliver value to the job seekers and employers they serve.”

Joseph Hanna, founder and CEO of ENGAGE Talent in Mount Pleasant, SC, which helps companies source passive talent, said Glassdoor has had a tremendous impact on his business and many others. “It is exciting to see Glassdoor capture this well-deserved valuation and recognition,” said Mr. Hanna. “Our own mission is to leverage AI science to identify misalignment between people, companies, roles and ever-changing circumstances. Glassdoor paved the way for mainstreaming this line of thinking. This transaction shows the value of continuous assessment of fit and alignment. Most companies only focus on these areas during the hiring process, but it is just as important post-hire.”


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Jonathan Bulkeley, CEO of PandoLogic, a New York-based pioneer in programmatic recruitment, said the joining of Recruit Holdings and Glassdoor was a sign of the times. “The Glassdoor acquisition is another example of continuing industry consolidation,” he said. “With AI technologies and Google’s entry dramatically changing the recruiting landscape, I expect much more disruption to happen over the next 12 months. At the end of the day, employers care about attracting quality candidates, and it’s clear that the future lies in programmatic AI platforms.”

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“Recruit Holdings is an astute acquirer that knows valuable targets in the HR domain,” said Nachi Junankar, founder and CEO of Avrio AI, an artificial intelligence talent platform based in Boston. “Their acquisition of Glassdoor points to the value of quality HR data and HR technology that supports talent acquisition and other segments of the HR industry. Given their past acquisition of Indeed and others, Recruit Holdings continues to build a dominant presence. It’ll be interesting to watch what comes next.”

Strong Companies

Glassdoor, which sees close to 59 million visitors to its platform each month, is among the largest job sites in the U.S. The company offers information about upwards of 770,000 companies in more than 190 countries. This includes more than 40 million reviews and insights, including company reviews, CEO approval ratings, salary information, interview questions, office photos and more. In addition, Glassdoor provides recruiting solutions to more than 7,000 employers, including 40 percent of the Fortune 500.

Recruit Group, founded in 1960, creates and provides platforms to connect companies and consumers. It operates a wide range of services, including HR technology, recruitment advertisement, employment placement, staffing, housing and real estate, bridal, travel, dining, beauty and others. Recruit Group has over 45,000 employees and operates in more than 60 countries and enjoys more than $10 billion in annual revenue. Among its properties, Recruit Holdings owns the jobs search engine Indeed, which it acquired six years ago for a price, some estimate, to be close to $1 billion.

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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Will Schatz, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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