3 Ways to know about a company culture before joining

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You spend most of your waking hours at your job, so it’s essential to work in a company whose environment suits you. While companies often share details about their culture on their websites, it may not always reflect the day-to-day reality accurately. Therefore, it’s your responsibility to conduct thorough research into a company’s culture before joining it. In this podcast, I will share three effective ways to discover a company’s culture from A to Z. Hello everyone, my name is Sachin Sharma. I have over 10 years of experience in the product management role, and I have mentored over 1,000 aspiring product managers so far. Today, I will be helping and guiding you by revealing three ways to uncover a company’s culture comprehensively. So get ready with your notebook and pen to jot down these powerful ideas.

Understanding a company’s culture helps you get a sense of how things are really done there. If you have this curiosity, it’s a good thing. Here are the three ways to learn about a company’s culture:

Number one, refer to sites like Glassdoor, LinkedIn, and Ambition Box to check out company reviews. Be cautious here and focus on two to four-star reviews because they are more likely to be genuine. Avoid reading five-star reviews, which could be manipulated by the company’s own employees. Similarly, one-star reviews often come from individuals with particularly bad experiences, and their experiences may not be representative of everyone. So, concentrate on reviews with two to four stars for more accurate insights.

The second way is to seek out former employees. We live in a social era, and most working professionals are on LinkedIn. You can reach out and connect with them. Look for employees who left the company for better opportunities, as they tend to carry fewer biases and baggage when it comes to discussing the company’s culture. Their feedback can be insightful in understanding what it’s like to work at the company. These individuals often provide honest reviews and feedback, so try to connect with them, especially with those who were in product management roles. While connecting with people in other roles is useful, connecting with fellow product managers may be more relevant to your situation.

The third way is to try reaching out to current employees who are currently working at the company. Who can provide better insights than those who are experiencing it firsthand? Look for current employees on platforms like LinkedIn and Instagram and see if their information aligns with your interests and values. Building a relationship with current employees can be advantageous, as you’ll be spending approximately 40 hours per week in the organization. Establishing these connections can give you an edge when you eventually join the company.

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