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When you are interviewing somewhere new, what are things you look for/signs that it is a shitty work environment? So many places paint themselves so well until you’re hired & their true colors show🙄

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If it’s dead silent throughout the halls I think that’s a red flag 🚩

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When they talk more about what the place COULD be rather than what it is

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This is a good one

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Ask for a tour. See if/ how people are interacting. See how they react to whoever is interviewing you. See how people are acting in meeting rooms. Ask what kinds of things they do for agency culture. For example, my agency does two three big parties a year, but weekly creative meetings where we just shoot the shit and tell at each other about whether work is good or not, we have an open alcohol policy (essentially, act like an adult), we have quarterly Town Halls, internal awards, agency pot luck lunches, and much more. Ask who the loudest person in the office is. Ideally there's more than one and they have trouble picking between the two. If they don't have a loudest person, that's a red flag to me.

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This sounds like BCW tbh (not a subtle brag - just that we do those things.)

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Look at the work on the walls and the reel. Look at the shittiest piece they have. That’s what you’ll be making.

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Lol but true

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From recent experience, a place/interviewer who spends the bulk of the interview time wanting to know about you, but leaves minimal to no time for you to ask questions is a huge, monster 🚩 Employers need to start realizing that they are being evaluated just as much as the job candidate.

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It’s happened to me quite a bit, actually. The message it sends is, ‘you should consider it an honor just to be nominated’. Sorry, but that’s gonna be a no from me dawg.

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Do people look happy? Do they complain when interviewing you? Does it sound like they’re trying to hard to convince you that they’re so awesome?

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The admins and assistants can tell you everything you need to know if you can get them talking

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“We’re like a family here” = they are dysfunctional and don’t respect boundaries. Run far, far away!

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I thought I came from a dysfunctional family, until I worked at several different family owned shops. They made my family look completely normal. The weirdest was the 40yr old bachelor who had a Principal Skinner type relationship with his mom. She would even take him to the doctor and he would call her “mother”.

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Check the kitchen. Good coffee, snacks, multiple microwaves all indicate a company that cares about employees and has money to spend on non-necessities. If it’s a drip coffee pot and a plastic beige fridge from the ‘80s, run.

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or maybe consider those Kind bars are what you get instead of actual employees benefits like paid time off/401K match/decent health coverage...

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when they ask questions about culture fit and not questions related to the role. it generally indicates that the group likes drinking together but were not hired for their ability to do the job.

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When you say culture fit you mean agencies ask interviewees questions? Like what?

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If you ask them "what's your favorite part about working here?" it catches a surprising number of people off guard. If they totally fumble, it probably sucks. I also usually ask "what's work/life balance like here?" If they tell you it's great they're probably full of shit. It can be a good barometer for agency culture (honest folks or fueled by fear).

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I had one guy tell me he was trying to turn his agency and the next Droga5. Pretty obvious bait & switch for an agency that was desperate for anyone because they weren’t doing any good work. When they tell you that aspirations are bigger than anything logical, that’s a red flag.

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This almost never works. Especially if it's an established agency. Maybe if you're employee #7, or something.

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If they show up late to the interview and don't apologise or offer me water

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Anytime someone says “we’re a scrappy team.” Expect chaos and lack of direction.

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I interviewed at a place a few years back and two of the people I met with told me how much they hated the place. The one girl said she was trying to get fired so she didn’t have to pay back her moving expenses. Needless to say, I passed on it.

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You were lucky to find people open to talk about it with such honesty!

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How they treat you during the interview process is a huge sign for me. Are they punctual or do they keep you waiting? How easy is it to schedule and get feedback? If they can’t treat the people they are “wooing” like humans, then they sure as hell don’t treat their employees well either...

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I was forgotten in a conference room for so long I just eventually left 🙄

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This happened to me too

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Emails after work hours, no long term mid level employees, receptionist looking dead etc.

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Community desks.

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I like to ask what their favorite part of their agency is & then least favorite. If they give me a generic agency example rather than something more unique and realistic = 🚩

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“What’s your favorite part of the agency?” “We wear a lot of hats.” What’s your least favorite part of the agency?” “We wear a lot of hats.”

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