Please not another Guess Culture office!
September 21, 2010 11:20 AM Subscribe
What questions can I ask to suss out the corporate culture of a new place to work? Also, how short a gig is too short a gig?
posted by travertina to Work & Money (13 answers total) 37 users marked this as a favorite
I've been with my company for a year and a half, and I'm starting to look for a new job. This current gig came with a few warnings signs, but I needed the work and so took it anyway. Please help me not make the same mistake in my next job!
You know that part of the interview where they ask "Do you have any questions for me"? I'd like to use that time to best determine whether the new office is right for me.
What questions can I ask to figure out if the new boss (and new office culture) and I will get along?
Here are some ideas I've had so far:
Me: How's the documentation for processes here at ABC Corp? How's communication amongst the group here? Do you hold regular staff meetings?
Prospective Boss: Oh, we don't really have any. You can come to me with any questions you have.
(My conclusions: Boss is an information silo, likes to hold the reins of power. Doesn't share.)
Me: What would my training look like?
PB: We'd match you with someone currently in the role to be your point person. We're all a friendly bunch though, (etc)
(Conclusions: yay, they seem to care about helping the newbie out, and the use of "we" sounds like there's some camaraderie here)
Me: How many people are on staff that do (role they're hiring for)
PB: Just you!
Also, that 18 months I've been here? About 12 months too long. I knew this wasn't a great fit for me about 6 months in, but I was afraid to start looking to move then because I didn't want to seem like a "job hopper". (My personal employment history going backwards is 3 months at previous contract, then 9 years full time, then 2 years full time) Am I being too paranoid? I know short periods of employment can be explained away with "it wasn't a good fit", but is there a time limit after which that just sounds like sour grapes?