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12 Questions To Ask Before Accepting An IT Job

The corporate culture in which you're working is as important as the work you're being asked to do. Here are 12 questions to help you figure out what kind of workplace you'd be walking into before you accept your next job offer.
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Who Gets Promoted?
In a recent IT Life radio interview, Lever CEO Sarah Nahm said that culture isn't about perks like t-shirts. She said: 'Culture is about who is hired and who gets promoted.' When you go into your interview, ask the manager what criteria are used for promotions -- what types of skills the company looks for in its managers. Most importantly, look around at the management teams. Do they seem to fit what the interviewer says they value? 
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Who Gets Promoted?

In a recent IT Life radio interview, Lever CEO Sarah Nahm said that culture isn't about perks like t-shirts. She said: "Culture is about who is hired and who gets promoted." When you go into your interview, ask the manager what criteria are used for promotions -- what types of skills the company looks for in its managers. Most importantly, look around at the management teams. Do they seem to fit what the interviewer says they value?

(Image: Dwight Burdette via Wikipedia)

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8/18/2015 | 5:33:10 PM
Re: Glassdoor
@stratustician- Yes, you definitely don't want to just read a bunch of people who were laid off. But i think one thing to remember is that what made people unhappy might make you unhappy, too. Companies, like people, tend to repeat their mistakes. If a given problem is likely to make you unhappy and you see it mentioned multiple times by people, chances are it will make you unhappy, too.
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8/18/2015 | 5:26:16 PM
Re: 3 basic ones
@petey- You've either been very lucky at finding companies that also had good cultures or you are probably not very happy. We're seeing IT unemployment so low right now that most IWeek readers can afford ot be pickier than that. But whatever works for you is awesome.
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8/18/2015 | 2:00:25 PM
Re: Where will I be?
@whoopty- Fair enough. Then maybe ask to see what room you will be buried in. :)
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8/18/2015 | 1:16:01 PM
Re: Glassdoor
@tjgkg- That is unfortunately the problem with any vcrowd-sourced data like reviews from Yelp or Trip Advisor or whatever. I can speak to Glassdoor specifically, but I think the key to looking through that is to look for big numbers of reviews. They are more statisically valid anyway.
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