Assessing Corporate Culture

I spoke to an interesting guy today who told me that the culture of a company is entirely determined by the big boss. To find out about it, you've got to talk to people who've worked there before and ask them questions about the leader.

A) Does he tell the truth? and - B) Does he lead by example? Does he walk the talk? Any hint of a "No" and you don't join that firm. He knows from hard experience.

Will he ask a chief executive tough questions to his face while being interviewed? He does, but only since he's at the Director level himself and has a secure financial base. Inotherwords, if you're junior and desperate, it's a bit like playing Russian Roulette.

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