Monday, January 14, 2019
Red flags to watch out for at your new job (20 Photos)
Finding a job can be hard. Between graduating and landing this position I probably filled out hundreds of applications and went on countless phone and in-person interviews. After a while you start to notice similar keywords and phrases that companies use and kind of just tune those out and look for information that sticks out.
And sometimes it really sticks out. Like a big flashing sign that says, “shake their hand and get the fuck out of this office”. People shared the red flags they look out for in interviews or when starting their new job, and I think everyone should keep these in the back of their mind.
Constantly having people leave. Constantly hiring people. No real training structure for new hires
I’ve found something interesting over the years: too low of a turnover rate is almost as bad as too high. Too high is obvious: everyone’s leaving a toxic place.
But too low is more insidious: after all, wouldn’t people want to stay at a great place? But it’s also the case that a lack of new blood means the processes and skillsets get stale, and after a while nobody leaves because they CAN’T leave. They can’t pass an interview someplace else because their skills have stagnated for a decade.
Also, an overly complicated bonus schedule based off a large number of metrics. That’s the sign of a company that will be doing everything they can to screw you out of bonuses while simultaneously using the promise of future bonuses to retain people. I can guarantee you that at least 2 of those metrics are all but impossible to hit simultaneously.
Translation: you’ll have no work-life balance but we also all drink too much.
I once had an owner “lose my paycheck.” He, in turn, pulled $100 out of his wallet and said “That should be about enough right?” I just stood there staring at him.
He then asked when my next shift was and I told him I wouldn’t be coming back. They went out of business for some sort of fraud shortly after.
If everyone is shit talking everyone else, you don’t want to work there.
When you feel like you have to walk on eggshells so you don’t get written up for the littlest things.
Everyone in the office looks depressed. No personal items anywhere.
When they want to know about private accounts or even some asking straight up for social media log in information.
Last company I worked for told all middle management and up that a cell phone tracking app was a required part of the job. Can’t remember the specifics but it was something to the effect of, ‘Hey! New policy, download this app!’ with no explanation of what it was. It screamed sketchy to me so I did some research and the app basically tracked calls, internet usage, texts and location. Mind you we didn’t have company phones. These were our personal cell phones.
Refused to download the app and got a nasty call from the HR manager about why I didn’t have it on my phone. Then another call from the state leader trying to explain that it wasn’t that big a deal and to just download it. My response to both was ‘if the company will give me a COMPANY PHONE I’ll be happy to download a tracking app. Otherwise it’s not getting downloaded.’
Immediately started looking for another job because fuck that, what I do and where I am with my personal cell phone is none of my employers fucking business.
When a place is good to work, their employees seem to be excited to be there. There are smiles, there are jokes, there is enthusiasm.
When a company screws over and abuses their employees? The employees get that look of defeat in their eyes. Their job has no enjoyment, it is merely about survival. When I say survival, I don’t mean working to make some money to get food to eat, I mean that you are trying to make it to the end of the day, just to go home and repeat the cycle, each day a bit worse than the next.
One of those inflatable tube guys in the parking lot
When getting trained if you get a coworker that is showing you how to get through the day. I.E places to hide. That’s a bad sign.
If you have to pay the company any amount of money in order to work for them, it’s a scam.
Some jobs require background checks, certifications, etc. and you’ll often have to pay for/provide them yourself. As long as the money isn’t going to the company in some fashion, it’s generally OK.
The boss being 30 minutes late to an interview and/or going to the wrong building
Having a guy saying in the 1st group meeting: this company IS NOT a pyramid scheme
For the first person I have ever hired 100% on my own (interviewed, reviewed, and offered all on my own authority) I spent probably 40 hours making sure their entire first week was choreographed in 30 minute intervals.
It all went to shit in the first two hours, but I had more than enough material to “wing it” perfectly adequately.
Being asked to create a presentation to justify my “high” wages… They hired me about 4 weeks previously. Lasted 18 months before getting the hell out of that place.
If, within the first month, your boss complains to you about your peers. Get the fuck out.
Let’s end it with a green flag!
I had four interviews, my current employer was my third. He gave me the job offer but then told him I had an interview somewhere else shortly after this one and I wanted to see how it goes. After I said that he gave me some really good advice. He says:
“That’s good, that’s great. Interview at as many places as you can. You need to find a place that fits you and your expectations. If that isn’t here, then I wish you luck. Just remember: Not only are they interviewing you, but you should be interviewing them.”
After he said that I pretty much had my mind made up. This small company actually gives a shit.
And if all else fails, just set the place on fire.*
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