Here are some tips and tricks I use to figure out a company's culture:
- Read the Glassdoor reviews. Probably the easiest resource to use, Glassdoor lets current and former employees write reviews about the culture and values, work/life balance, senior management, comp and benefits, and career opportunities. There are even sections that share candidates' interview experiences and where employees have shared their job title and salary. This is always a good start.
- LinkedIn is my personal favorite to use to figure out an employee culture.
- Check out the backgrounds of the current players. I usually leverage the advanced search first, and type in [HR OR "human resources" OR "human resource"] in the title area and then the company name and change the default to "current". I do this because I am in HR, but you might want to do this too since I think the type of HR person a company has says a lot about how they value employees. See how long they have been in their field. For me personally, I ask myself if they are mentor material. If you are in Marketing, use the title area to type in all the marketing job titles you can think of, and then ask yourself these 2 questions: Would I want to work for this person? Do I think I could learn from them?
- Check out tenure. Does it appear that these current employees have been in their roles long? Sometimes you can also tell from their profiles whether they have been promoted or given award recognition. If everyone you look up has only been there 6 months to a year that might be a sign of high turnover and thus an undesirable work environment.
- Research career path. You can repeat the first LinkedIn exercise above, but this time after you type in the company name select "past". I like to do this to see where people go after they leave this company. If it appears that everyone who leaves gets a better job title at a greater company, then it probably means they had a worthwhile experience that prepared them for the next step in their career. They left for bigger challenges and opportunities. If however, it seems like most individuals just made lateral moves to other companies, then it could be a sign that they just wanted out of the company and did not move for an obvious better opportunity. This could be an indication of a bad corporate culture.
Hopefully you will find these tips useful. They will definitely give you more insight into the company than you would be able to read directly from their website. Have anymore tips you like to use? Please share. I would love to hear them.
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