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How do you find the right work environment/ place for you?

Asked Redwood City, California

11 answers

Dalia’s Answer

Updated Durham, North Carolina

To add to Corinne and Kim's answers...if there are specific positions that you are considering or even specific companies, you can look at https://www.glassdoor.com/index.htm.

Once you register, you can look at anonymous employee reviews that will provide you with a good feel for the position and the company.

Before you review any company or job, try to determine what will bring you the most happiness in a work environment (career opportunities? salary? flexible work hours? etc).

Good luck!

Corrine’s Answer


Do your homework when you are searching for a place to work. If you know someone who works there, ask them about the work culture and the employee satisfaction. You can reach out to the HR group for the company as well and get some ideas. Read about the company on the web and try to get a feel for the work environment. When you interview for a position, stay alert and get clues (or ask direct questions) about the work atmosphere at the company and in the group where you would be working. It's sometimes a "trial and error" process. If you accept a position and find you don't like the work environment, look for something else. Remember before you look for something else, it sometimes take a while to feel like you fit in. Don't be too quick to make a judgment. Give yourself time to adjust.

Saradhi’s Answer

Updated Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

There is no such place as right or not for work environment. we need to see our interest in particular before getting into any organisation. research the company you are interested aligning your interest. Then once you get there, you need to interact with your team, meet every member individually and make acquaintance. make your thoughts clear in an discussions. admire, appreciate encourage your colleague when they do something amazing, which would increase positivity among team. once positive thoughts vibrate, that would be right place to be and work forward. Its in individual thoughts in manifesting a right work environment. hope it helps. Thanks.

James’s Answer

Updated Coppell, Texas
Most companies today not only encourage but actively build a culture of collaboration and openness. If you enjoy working closely with others in flexible environments, corporate life may be for you. If you get more satisfaction from working alone then you might consider a small business. Either way you will be selling yourself and your skills. Good luck!

Jimmy’s Answer

Updated Durham, North Carolina

It's important to remember that a job interview is just as much about you interviewing your potential employer to get a feel for the work environment. You should always be prepared to ask questions during a job interview, especially if the person interviewing you is doing the role or on the team you'll be joining.

Ask them things like when they last took some time off, how they know they are being successful in their job, or what happened the last time they made a mistake. Their answers (or non-answers if they deflect from these topics) can reveal a lot.

Terri’s Answer

Updated Portland, Oregon

The biggest thing that I've learned during my career is that you are interviewing the company as much as they are interviewing you. Don't take anything for granted in terms of what you are specifically looking for in a work environment. Write down your questions and ask them during the interview. Take notes. Be curious about the folks interviewing you, and in the company you are interviewing.

August’s Answer

When I look at employers and especially the team's that I will be interviewing with, one of the most important questions I ask myself is this, "will I enjoy working with these individuals?" In today's workforce, 'company culture' has so many different connotations and meanings; however, to me, it really just comes down to whether or not I can see myself spending a large portion of my day working alongside the team that I am interviewing for. Check out Glassdoor.com or just Google the company + keyword "culture" - you'll get a sense of the type of environment.

Moreover, I would take a hard look at position and company you're interested in, and see if this fits in-line with your future goals. Will this company and the people help you reach your goals? Or will you be a cog in the machine? Can you be creative and push yourself to be your best?

Kevin’s Answer

Updated Cary, North Carolina

Research the company you're interested in, and outline questions regarding the job of interest. Be yourself and remember the interview process is a two-way interaction in that you are interviewing them just as they are you.

Mariley’s Answer

Updated Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom

Hi David, that's a very good question, and I see you've got great responses with valuable information from everyone who has replied here. I just wanted to highlight how crucial it is to find a work place where employees have a real opportunity to progress their careers. You can ask about this in your job interview, and I'd suggest to even ask for specific examples. Taking training and career progression seriously shows that a company cares about employee satisfaction, retention, and talent development. You're more likely to feel motivated to work and give it your best, as well as to be surrounded by equally motivated and committed colleagues. This article has some tips on what to do to find the right work environment: https://www.thebalancecareers.com/what-type-of-work-environment-do-you-prefer-2061291

Thank you this was very helpful as well as the article that you listed. I will definitly be following the tip that you and the article talked about.

Kim’s Answer

Updated San Antonio, Texas

At my last job, we used to joke that if we ever interviewed for a position again, we'd ask to see the employee restrooms and break area. That really might not be a bad idea. Some companies provide games and snacks, with nice furniture, while others are doing good to provide a $10 table and folding metal chairs.

Ciji’s Answer

Updated Morrisville, North Carolina

To find your best work environment think about the things that would matter to you most, salary, flexibility, future growth opportunities, company perks, work hours, etc. Once you have an idea of what you are looking for do your research. Research company websites to see what they offer, use websites like Glassdoor to review feedback from other employees. You can use Linked In to search for employees. This will give you an idea of the company population and employee backgrounds.

During your interview phase, ask questions about the work environment. Most companies want to make sure they are a good fit for you just like you want to make sure you are a good fit for them. Good luck!