How to know if your company is fucked?
September 15, 2006 9:19 AM Subscribe
What are the warning signs that your company is a sinking ship?
posted by bashos_frog to Work & Money (34 answers total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
I've been through a couple of bad experiences where a promising company went under, or became a crappy place to work due to various factors, including the economy and bad management.
While sitting through yet another mostly pointless meeting this morning, I began to compile a list of warning signs that it might be time to brush up the resume.
I am asking MeFi for their input, and if the list is good enough, I'll probably post it on my blog, or publish it elsewhere. (I'm especially interested in web/internet/software/new media companies)
Here's what I came up with so far:
A proliferation of meetings, especially closed door meetings and and pointless 'status' meetings.
Senior executives leave and are not replaced - someone else takes over their duties.
More emphasis starts to be placed on working hours and dress code. For example, coming in at 9:00 am sharp becomes more important than how many hours you actually work, or if your projects get finished.
Visible cliques form among the departments.
Dark humor and dilbertesque cartoons appear with increasing frequency.