8 Signs of a Good Company Culture

How do you recognize if a company has a good and healthy culture or not? How do you know it will be a fit? Learn how to recognize the signs before you apply for a job or go for an interview.

How do you recognize if a company has a good and healthy culture or not? How do you know it will be a fit? There is no magical way of knowing this until you get the job and experience it yourself. However, there are some signs that paint a pretty accurate picture when it comes to company culture. If you manage to read between the lines, you will spot them even during the interviewing process and it will help you decide whether it is a good fit for you.


Employees are satisfied and happy


The interviewing and hiring process is a great way to observe the people we come into contact with. These are team leads, HR professionals, directors, senior management and their assistants, and of course, the hiring manager. How do they behave? Do they seem like they like the company? Are they stressed and tense or do they seem relaxed? When they speak about the company, are they transparent or do they seem guarded?


The interviewing and hiring process


Was the person you met well prepared for the interview? Were they familiar with your resume and did they ask you good questions? Was he clear about your duties? Most importantly, how did he address the “bonus and benefits” question – evasively and promising information later, or were they direct and open about it?


Employee integrity


Timely feedback is important. No matter what the outcome of an interview is, it is important to receive an answer when promised. This will tell you if you dodged a bullet or missed out on a great place to work. In great company cultures, leadership accepts accountability and won`t make excuses for falling short.


Direct answers to direct questions


If you ask a direct question, say about the company`s benefits structure, and you are met with humming and evading to answer, consider it a red flag. Questions about the availability of the position or what benefits come with the job are pretty standard and should be answered directly. And while it might be acceptable if your future boss can`t explain everything in detail, it is NOT ok if he avoids the question directly and doesn`t at least offer to put you in touch with someone who can explain.


Respectful leadership


Good leaders don`t bad-mouth former and current employees. Period. Your prospective employer should be able to explain why they need you without making someone else look incompetent or undermining their work. It is another telling sign if people respond to your questions aggressively or with condescension. Remember, best leaders and managers treat all employees as their intellectual equals.


Established boundaries


Job boundaries are important, especially in healthy company cultures. You should be able to know who you will be reporting to or if your manager can make authoritative decisions about the position they will be overseeing. You should also be told in clear terms what your responsibilities are and how they are related to your role.


Benefits and compensation


It is a myth that talking about money is taboo. Why else would you be looking for a new job? In a company with healthy company culture, your and the company`s values should be aligned and you should not be afraid to ask about the proper compensation. You should ask about work-life balance or other benefits that you might need. The answer will tell you how the company views its employees.


Reputation


Do your research. Not only before you go for an interview but even before you apply for a job. Time is money and you don`t want to waste yours on a company that is not worth it. Don`t read from the company`s website but rather visit websites like Glassdoor, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites where you can see rankings, salary ranges, or employee feedback. Just remember, that most negative opinions are left by unhappy employees. Happy employees rarely feel the need to review their employers.