Researching Employers

Researching employers (companies) is a critical part of the job search process. It can be helpful for:

The following resources provide easy access to comprehensive information on employers.


A good source for background reading. Great way to do your homework for an interview quickly, particularly in providing up-to-the-minute key financial performance indicators.

To access, visit the Careers in Engineering LibGuide and search for "Factiva.

Global Business Browser

The best place to quickly find recent news articles and summaries of recent company developments. Very useful in determining how subsidiaries of a corporation differ in job function/industry sector by specific location.

For a username and password please contact Engineering Career Services.


Wonderfully comprehensive, particularly strong in providing information that allows you to compare companies with one another.

Hoovers is widely regarded to be one of the premier resources for researching companies for both employment and investment purposes.

Hoover's also offers weekly e-mail newsletters with information on significant business news which site visitors can subscribe to receive.


Search for company profiles in LinkedIn, find connections and useful information. If you don't have an account, here are some resources to begin.


Interesting anecdotal information. Industry overviews, interview resources and company information are invaluable but remember to take anecdotal observations with a "grain of salt."

If you choose to use this site, use it to supplement your research but don't rely on what's in the Vault alone.

Thayer Career Services has partnered with Dartmouth Career Services to offer students full access.