I’ve been on my job 16 years and been in a very toxic work environment over 3 years now. I find that some unions make things hard just to do it. I am very burned out and tired of a toxic work environment. Is private sector a bit different? I've considered that!

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There are toxic work environments in the private sector as well. I'd say just do plenty of research to determine what a company's culture is like before you accept any offer. Ask on here, check the reviews on Glassdoor, reach out to former or current employees on LinkedIn. As long as you do your homework, you should be able to find somewhere you'll be treated well.

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It's really specific to each company it seems. Fortunately, there are websites like Glassdoor now that provide a bit more transparency

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Glassdoor is generally my go-to, I've also contacted people who used to work at companies I was interested in. Figured it's better than going to a current employee who might not be 100% honest

Adding to the first comment about doing your homework on any potential companies, if you can, I would suggest digging further and trying to get in contact with people in the specific department/division of the company you are interested working in. I’ve found that, even within one company, culture can be VERY different from one department to another.

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It's a hit or miss as well with the private sector. Toxicity never does go away, it just changes shape. If you are weighing the options though, I suggest you should research intensively what industry you really want to go to before making the leap.

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Based on experience, I think the private sector is more toxic. I mean, it will always be there. We just need to be lucky sometimes to land a "less toxic" job.

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