How to Find Your Culture Fit

14 June 2019

Whether you’re looking to join a startup or a large company, how you fit in with the company’s culture can have a consequential impact on your job satisfaction. Here’s how to assess culture fit.

Company culture plays a fundamental role in your happiness and success at work. It impacts how companies treat everyone from employees to customers, so it has a major impact on both your experience and the company’s overall success. We’ve developed some simple steps to help you assess whether a company’s culture will bring out the best in you.

What’s Important to You?

First, take a moment to rank the fundamental elements of a company’s culture (listed below) that are the most important to you. Remember, it’s important to prioritize these factors because you most likely won’t find one company that can give you everything.

If you’re having a difficult time weighing these factors, read our article on how to Discover What Really Matters to You in Your Career

Next, here are three approaches you can use to collect information and further evaluate a company’s culture. 

1. Glassdoor Rating

This can be a great tool for understanding a company’s culture, work/life balance, and get a diverse set of insider opinions. Make sure there is a large enough volume of reviews and you are not just looking at the total scores. 

Don’t get thrown off if there are some negative reviews. Even great companies have a few disgruntled employees, and unhappy people are far more likely to post a review than satisfied people so there is always a negative bias to consider. Regardless, you can compare their overall score to your current employer’s score to give you a baseline. Also, look for how they rank among other companies you’re considering and look for consistent themes (both positive and negative) in the comments and recent trends.

2. Employee Turnover (a Useful LinkedIn Hack)

You can get a good sense of turnover rate by looking at past employees as a percentage of current employees on LinkedIn by following the steps below.

3. Ex-employee Insights

This may seem awkward, but it might be the most important and revealing step. Find someone who worked in the department you’re joining. Contact her or him through LinkedIn and let them know that you’re considering a position at their former company. Make sure they know you want their unfiltered input and that you will keep what they share confidential. You’ll be surprised at how candid and helpful many people will be, and it can end up being a nice networking opportunity as well. If you can get a backchannel reference through mutual acquaintances, start there.

By using these three data points, you can paint a clear picture of the company’s culture and compare that to your own values to assess fit. This small investment can save you years of stress and unhappiness.


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