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By Venture Briks

7 Types of Companies You Should Never Work For

March 12, 2020

No matter how much you have longed for your dream job, or how much satisfied you are with your recent gig, chances are that you will always find yourself browsing for better options at other companies. This might lead you to list down some of them you would like to send your CVs in, but are you aware of the companies you should never work for? Even if the package is attractive, the work is irresistable, or you have heard about it a lot, working for a crappy company can put a full stop in your career sentence.

So how will you know about the companies that are not made for you? Let us help you with our list of 7 types of companies that you should not work for in this lifetime.

1. The High Turnover Outfit

Red flags: Key roles pop up consistently on a company’s job site.

How bad is it: imagine a company flashing for open positions in management or leadership in every three to six months. This might seem attractive on the other side as you have the option to switch whenever you want to. But why are they hiring so many candidates for the same positions remain the question. This simply indicates that they might be applying the hire-and-fire policy or their leadership is very fickle. Another reason can be a depressing office culture that is provoking employers to leave as soon as they are hired. Or may be the top level goals are as fleeting as the talent.

What to do: no matter how much money the company has promised to pay you, if its for mere three to six months, it might just be a waste of time.

2. The Culture Clash Corp

Red flags: Negative employee reviews, lack of focus on a true employee experience, recruiters evading your questions.

How bad is it: the only thing that drives you all the way from home to office regularly is the office culture. Often brushed under the carpet, a well defined company culture can lead you to perform better at every task whereas a poor company culture might be a deal breaker. You will find a lot of instances where employers are not happy to work even after the huge pay cheques. It sure does affect the mind and reputation of an individual, and can have massive impacts on the career graph. Always look out for a positive work culture that encourages the best out of you.

What to do: no matter how largely impacted you are by the company’s regular instagram updates that show all the fun and games, avoid falling for the companies who take you 15 hours in a day in the name of work culture or load your weekend with a list of tasks.

The Curb Appealer

Red flags: Pristine and ideal image in marketing materials and publicity, however, the day-to-day operation is far from glamorous.

How bad is it: we have all craved for offices that make you forget home. And we often fall for the pretty pristine lawn in which we can have lunch with the group, the amazing exteriors with facades that lights up the hopes of a fun work culture. But have you been inside them? If not, we advise you to stay away as these are the homes with massive curb appeal and all the attractive things over their website, publications and social media. The inside might have a different story altogether.

What to do: Do your required research and diligence before you apply to a company that attracts you aesthetically. Go inside, and have a look if it’s really worth all the hours you are going to spend inside?

4. The Top Heavy Business

Red flags: Too many executives brainstorming, too few employees tasked with executing.

How bad is it: apart from culture and values, the other things that make a company different is the leadership and the career opportunities. That does not mean that all the attention should be paid on grabbing the top executives of the word at one place. Leadership does play a very important role in defining a company but make sure that enough emphasis is placed on the rank of all the employers. Every member from the team should feel important.

What to do: enquire about the office and ask yourself regarding internal promotions, key positions, career graph and growth. If you don’t feel satisfied, walk out.

The Perpetual Promisor

Red flags: Unfulfilled corporate expectations, employees report a lack of trust in CEO, inability to live up to brand promises.

How bad is it: in the constant race of growth, progress and profits, most of the companies bet their best on the new talent that remains full of enthusiasm and energy. Companies pay huge packages to the young talents and promise some phenomenal outcomes for your career growth. They make promises regarding the job, compensation package, work culture, etc. Stop falling for these extra promises and beware of such companies. They would make sure that they take back every penny spent on you in return via your hard work and overtime. And you won’t even get promotions as per promises.

What to do: leave if the promises are getting delayed and all you’re getting is work and work.

The “Stagnator”

Red flags: Lack of learning opportunities, fails to promote mentorship, offers little more than the role you’ve applied for.

How bad is it: You have finally found the role in a company that you have been dreaming about. And it has got everything you were wanting to do. The role is perfect, the money is enough and the work culture is fine. But the company has no learning and development offerings. And no emphasis on future growth plans. We advise you to stay away, it might seem attractive for the short term, but it won’t be of any help in meeting your long-term career goals.

What to do: we can term it as “stagnator” and you should not work for it as it may cease all the chances of growth and your career may become inactive or dull.

The Directionless Ship

Red flags: No clear plan for the future, employees don’t know long-term goals, senior leadership fails to adequately communicate.

How bad is it: the Titanic lost the direction and it sailed. Same happens with most of the companies who have a lack of leadership. They hit the icebergs and crash taking all your goals and dreams along. Companies who stand strong financially, and have a clear vision of hitting the targets the right way are the ones you should be investing your time on. Companies that hide away from taking up bigger challenges, failing to communicate accurately and not being able to discuss the future plans can be shaky for themselves and your career too.

What to do: no matter how well a company does on media front pages or how much buzz is surrounding the latest venture of the company, if it is unclear about the vision and strategies. It won’t be of any help for your career.