When employers are not the employers you met in an interview, it is a difficult situation to be in. You know you really need the job and it is a great job for your career goals and path but… it is not the work environment the interviewers described for you. But, what employee or interviewer is going to describe a bad work environment. It is a catch 22.
Therefore, I would recommend the following before accepting a position:
1. Request for time (a few days) to review the offer so you may make a great business decision. You have to accept or decline the offer, do not ignore it even if you do not want it. You never want to burn bridges.
2. Homework: Research on LinkedIn or another professional social group to see if you may find someone that did the job previously for that company or previously worked for that company. Ask them why did they leave, what was great about the company, and what were some of the company challenges. If they just let out a lot of bad information with nothing great about the company, then take the information with a grain a salt, it is not worth much. But if they are sincere about why they left, they have at least one positive thing to say about the company, then you can take seriously the challenges they believe may hurt the company serious.
3. Ask to speak with one new employee (less than 90 days with the company and not a recent graduate with no previous INDUSTRY experience) and one veteran employee (10 years or more industry experience, depending on how long the company has been in business). This is will give you an idea of the type of environment for new employees and the employee that has been through the ups and downs with the company.
4. Listen and make a decision: Listen to all of the people you spoke with, including your family, and weigh the pros and cons. There is no money that should be able to buy neither your happiness nor your integrity. Always go with your first mind because 9 out of 10 times it is right. Warren Buffett stated in Forbes Magazine (The Forbes 400 Magazine dated October 11, 2010), “Just follow the facts and your reasoning.”
What do you do when you did your due diligence and it did not turn out the way you planned it. Then, stick with your facts and reasoning and stay because it is going to take the hiring of more people like you to change the environment. So, work hard to become part of the hiring committee and change YOUR Company’s environment, one new hire at a time. They need you!!!!!