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How do I determine the health of a company (prospective employer)

Asked by goose756 (655points) November 22nd, 2011

I have been looking online to determine the health of a particular company which I have interviewed for. I basically just want to know that the company is succeeding, eliminating debt, making money, etc. (job security). Does anyone know of any public records where I can obtain that information or where to look??

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zenvelo's avatar

If it is a public company, look at Yahoo Finance or Google Finance to read what analysts say.

If it is private, look at local and regional papers for news and/or sales reports. If it is large, see if there is anything in the last year in the Wall Street Journal.

marinelife's avatar

Ask Human Resources if the company has had any layoffs. Read about the company in the business pages.

wundayatta's avatar

If it’s a public company, Edgar is the place to go for all SEC filings on a company.

Otherwise, Google the firm and see how long they have been in operation, if there is any information on profitability; any takeover rumors; and estimates of employment; a sense of how competitive they are in their market niche, etc. These are all things you should know anyway, if you are applying for employment.

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