Paul Woods asked the question today, how do you assess corporate culture?
Say you are applying for a job at company x… how would you go about assessing the corporate culture there? How is the culture at company x better than company y? And how do you measure it? Sure they have that HR page on their website that says that it is a great place to work… but how do you look past the brochure and actually get a feel for it yourself?
Let’s take Microsoft for example. At first, I would use Wikipedia to get a rough picture of the company. I choose Wikipedia because it is easily accessible and fairly unbiased, however it is still mostly an external viewpoint from people outside of Microsoft so it’s not in-depth enough alone.
Not that I’d only look at three resources, but in conclusion, people is the key. Whether its past or current employees, these people would know the culture more than anyone else. So I’ll definitely try my hardest to get in touch with them, whether through email, instant messaging or even phone calls, talking to these people would give me the best insight into the corporate culture of the company.
Of course nothing beats experiencing it yourself. Getting a tour or starting an internship at the organisation would be better than all of the above, obviously a lot harder too.