Can one bad person ruin a career?
February 20, 2013 2:43 PM Subscribe
Job Filter: What am I getting into?!
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (15 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
After two interviews, I'm pending an offer for a new middle-management job (hiring manager said I'll have an offer by Friday). Yay!
The new job is a small company (20 employees). I interviewed with 9 of the 20 employees, so I think I got a good feel as to the people. I would be reporting to the department director who has one other management report who would be my peer. This Peer has been at the Company for 3 years. NewBoss has been at the company for one month. NewBoss reports into the Vice President who has been with the company one year.
After two postive interviews, I was super pumped because the environment is exactly what I'm looking for, the people were energetic, positive and intelligent. I could see myself working well with them and fitting in well - we would be a very strong team! I even met with the CEO who was a very nice person. The benefits are decent and the money is great. The commute is awesome. The hours seem reasonable. In short: it seems like such a perfect fit for me. In every conversation I had with NewBoss, it really felt like we had chemistry if that makes any sense. VP and I had similar chemistry. Peer seemed pleasant to work with.
I was going back through my notes from the interview. During the interview, I learned that Peer also used to work at a company that I used to work at that I left 6 years ago. Looking at my notes from our discussion, I realized that she must have started just after I left. Because I was curious, I emailed a few very trusted ex-coworkers from OldCompany who are friends. One didn't write back, which I thought was strange because he's usually very responsive. Another wrote back about Peer, telling me to "Run as fast as possible the other way because she's manipulative and passive-aggressive, or proceed with caution if I take the job." The third was Peer's superior at the time and said that she recommends never to work with or for Peer because Peer caused a lot of turmoil within OldCompany causing lots of people to leave, including herself. Gulp. Peer seemed pleasant during the interview, although she did grill me on several topics, but I typically expect that during an interview.
I kindly asked them both to elaborate a little more because now I'm really curious, and am awaiting more information. And worried! I really wanted this job, everything seemed like a perfect fit, and now this. What should I do? I'm considering still taking the job, but I really don't want to find myself in a new job search in another year because I have moved around quite a bit and just want to settle in and grow with the company (this company completely offers that). Can someone change after 6 years? The VP did comment that Peer has "Made it extremely clear that she just wants to work on her assigned project." I would be assigned a different project as well as logistical projects (e.g. department infrastructure stuff) by NewBoss. NewBoss point blank told me that her management style is what-you-see-is-what-you-get and I will always know where I stand with her. Her expectations seem very reasonable and something I would have no issues working under. She also told me that VP is wonderful to work for and is also a straight shooter. However, she's also only been there a month and well...no one really KNOWS a work dynamic after a month. Should I be worried? Should I not take this job because of this woman? :(
I've been job hunting for MONTHS now and really want to get out of my current situation and I'm trying hard not to let that be my driving force of potentially getting into something bad. I have no other offers and it's been a rough hunt because I work in a pretty specialized field.
What do I do? Is this one of those leap of faith situations?