So, uh, would you consider your organization a terrible place to work?
March 17, 2014 5:16 PM Subscribe
How do you tell whether an organization or company is functional and pleasant to work for during the job application process-- before you've committed to them?
posted by geegollygosh to Work & Money (29 answers total) 49 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a perpetually job searching millennial who does a lot of seasonal work and has worked for a lot of different organizations, some much more functional and healthy than others. I'm mostly working in nonprofits.
I'm specifically tired of working at places where: other people don't do their jobs and I pick up the slack; where I'm asked to put in more time than was agreed upon or is fair for my pay; where I am not given sufficient materials for my job; no opportunity for professional development etc. I think fairly typical stuff of poorly run or failing organizations.
I have also worked at incredible places where I felt totally supported, my time and effort were respected, I learned a ton from the people around me and I had some say in what I was doing and how I was going to realize my projects.
So, my question is: how can I tell organization A from organization B before I start working there, assuming no inside info? I realize nowhere is perfect, but some places are better than others, and there must be some tells. Or are there any questions I can ask during interviews that aren't too direct but will still give me a glimpse?