Are These Red Flags, or Am I Just Nervous?
August 24, 2014 2:22 PM Subscribe
I recently accepted a job offer with a mid-sized family-owned company. I received some not-so-great information within my first week. Do I brush it off, or use what I know to make an informed decision on how to move forward?
posted by Ashen to Work & Money (11 answers total)
I recently accepted a job offer with a mid-sized family-owned company. I was told that if I worked hard enough and also got a certain certification, I would be promoted to [shinier position], which typically pays double my current hourly wage, in up to 6 months. The job I've accepted is part-time. I also pay $20 a day in transportation costs, and the commute is about 1.5 hours one-way. This didn't bother me: the shinier position is more in line with what I want to do with the rest of my professional life, so this is just me putting my time in, right?
But on my first day, I was repeatedly told that if I didn't perform, I would be quickly fired. By the end of the week, I was told by several people (without solicitation) that I was replacing people in my department who were incompetent, or just didn't gel with the company. My department, consisting of two other people, is also completely new: they were hired a month before me, and the department was previously staffed by an executive's son, the son's girlfriend, and his friend. The impression I got was that the office had a revolving door. This was clarified when, after hearing so many negative things so soon, I looked at their GlassDoor reviews.
I am feeling kind of skittish because of how toxic my previous work environment was, but I also want to carefully weigh my options to avoid reliving that nightmare. I can move forward in three ways:
A) Keep my head down, and continue to apply for jobs on my days off until I land something better/get hired by an office with far better reviews (which does not always ensure that one's specific office will be better, I know)
B) Keep my head down, grab my certification, and then start applying for related jobs once I've gotten it; or
C) Disregard what people have told me as gossip, grab my certification, and try to get promoted within the office.
Which would you choose? Was I just told a bunch of unnecessary office gossip, or is this something I should take note of?