Should I take a good job when I know I dislike the work culture?
May 29, 2007 9:02 PM Subscribe
How to weigh an appealing job offer against an unappealing organizational culture?
I've worked at my current organization (a nonprofit) for several years and am very frustrated with the politics & organizational culture. I've been offered a new job within the organization which I would jump at if I read the job description and didn't know what it was like to work here. In the new job, I would be fairly sheltered from the politics and would really like and respect my immediate coworkers, but of course the larger organization would stay the same. My main objection to the culture is that it is very closed and secretive - people do not have an instinct for openness and collaboration is not valued.
I have reasonably valuable skills and experience; with some looking I could get a good job elsewhere in my city. That had been my plan before I got this offer. But I know there are ugly politics in all organizations, and it's very hard to get a handle on the culture of a place before you start a job.
How much weight should I give to my concerns about the organizational culture? And if I do start looking externally, how can I investigate the culture of other prospective employers?