A former, more experienced colleague, told me this after he quit because of a new job. Our smallish employer(< 50 employees, legally it is a GmbH, something like an LLC) is very chaotic and dysfunctional, with a high turn-over rate. But it has been growing at double-digit rates for the past few years, delivering nice profits I assume.
So, in his opinion, this company is a great jumping board, because prospective employees don't see the chaos that is driving away the people (our glassdoor rating is abysmal, so it shouldn't be that much of a secret). They just assume that if you are leaving a successful company, you must be a high performer, ergo, they are more likely to hire you.
Difference between him and me: He had some sort of administrative function, probably an accountant, with many more years active in the workforce, while I am a Junior SW developer.
My question is: Is profitability and growth rate of the last employer a relevant factor when evaluating candidates for an opening? Is it sometimes? Is this information that is accessible through formal or informal ways?