How to Tell if A Company Really Has a Great Culture
Every recruiter will tell you that their company has a great culture.How do you tell if it is in fact great – or just a come-on that you really should avoid?Here are some things to look for before you accept the “great culture” claim:How pushy is the recFirFrghdiehd
·When you speak with the recruiter is s/he respectful of your time and availability?Are you asked if it is a good time to talk and/or if there is a better time to talk?Or do they jump right into their pitch without considering your surroundings or the work you are trying to complete?
·Is the recruiter patient when learning about you? Is s/he effectively and clearly telling you about their company and the role you are being recruited for?
·When you are in the office for an interview do you experience:
oEnergy, laughter and camaraderie from employees you see? Or are employees’ heads down and/or look like they have the weight of the world on their shoulders?
oAre you greeted by employees with enthusiasm and a willingness to make you feel welcome? Or do people look down or away as if you are not even there?
oWhen you talk with interviewers is the perspective on the company, the culture and the strategy consistent and informative from one person to the next?Or does it vary significantly or do interviewers struggle with the right words to answer you?
oAre the working conditions clean, relatively neat and organized?Or does the office look to be in dire need of a makeover or look like a big cube farm not conducive to interaction and collaboration?
·When you receive the offer are the details and next steps clearly identified in writing?Or are the offer details that were discussed with you absent from the documentation?
·Is there a sensible and well thought out on-boarding process detailed and communicated to you?Or are you left to wonder “What happens on my first day?”?
While a company’s culture is not the only factor to consider when determining if you should interview with or accept an offer from a new company, it is very important.If the right behaviors are not clearly apparent to you as you experience more about the company – do not assume it has a great culture – it likely does not.Bad cultures and cultures in general are very hard to change.If it does not appear to be great it is not likely to change in the foreseeable future if at all.And the attraction of a few new dollars in your pay or a sexier title will quickly fade as the negative culture begins jading your attitude, performance and outlook.