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Top Tips to Evaluate a Company’s Culture

So you are interviewing for a new job opportunity. Whether that’s for a small firm or a large corporation, how you fit in with the company’s culture can have a big impact on your overall job satisfaction.

Working for a business with an organizational culture that matches your workstyle fosters creativity and productivity so you can do your best work and grow in your career. But how do you know if the company’s culture is right for you? Here’s what to look for and ask about.

Assess these areas of an organization’s workplace culture as you consider employment opportunities:

  1. Employee Satisfaction – How happy are existing employees? Is there a high turnover workforce? Check reviews on sites like LinkedIn to see what current and former employees are saying. 
  • Balance –  How does management encourage work-life balance for its employees?  Is there flexibility with hours or remote working? Questions like these can give you a great sense of how that particular company manages its people and their time.
  • Collaboration – In a good organizational culture, teammates value collaboration and understand how to work well together.  Are goals clearly communicated? Are employees set up for success?

Finding a company that brings out your best traits and inspires you to do your best work isn’t always easy. When you’re interviewing for a position, be sure you have prepared questions for the interviewer that cover company culture. Here a few questions to get your list started:

  1. What do you like about working here?
  2. What time do people generally come in and leave for the day?
  3. How is this organization different from the competition? 
  4. What do you wish you’d known before starting here? 

When it comes to evaluating organizational culture, there’s no one-size-fits-all metric. Keep your eyes open, ask questions and listen to your gut.

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