I spent last week performing an Information Systems audit for a very cool company I found myself wishing I actually worked for by the end of the week. The client is a small B2B dev shop, nestled away in a comfortable nook along one of the many Peachtree named streets in Atlanta.
Over my last three years spent in professional services, I have seen the inside of many organizations of all shapes and sizes. As a consultant and IS auditor, I get the opportunity to truly see what makes a company click. I have seen the good, bad and terribly ugly!
So, what are some of the key details to look for to give you a decent indication that a company is a good place to work?
Inspections, Inquiries and Observations to make during your next Job Interview
1. Observe the Office Environment
Key items to look for: Matching, non-worn out office chairs, up to date computer systems, the use of laptops, and attractive office décor and desk space.
Real Life Horror Story: I once worked for an organization that only bought new office chairs for its staff after intense complaining. Most chairs were broke and unusable.
Another organization I worked for only provided desktop PCs because management wanted to see the workers in their desk daily. If you weren’t there, they assumed you were not working.
2. Inquire about current projects and aspirations/prospects for the future
Key items to look for: Enthusiasm and excitement from both management and staff when asking about current and future projects, regardless of how mundane the product or business might seem to the outsider.
3. Inspect the Break Room, Coffee Machine and other Amenities
Key items to look for: High quality coffee, free beverages, bottled water, or snacks. A clean break room that is inviting and inspires conversation and other similar emenities.
4. Gather Evidence of Training and Conference Attendance
Key items to look for: Acronyms after names on business cards, email signatures and Linkedin profiles. Any overheard conversation regarding recent training. Inquire with other staff about any recent training or conferences attended.
Real Life Horror Story: One consulting company I worked for in the past used its training budget as hours to pad projects that were either over or poorly budgeted.
5. Did they take you out for a team lunch?
Have any tips of your own? Please share.