Corporate Culture Profile

Check your career environment preference

Most of us have heard about a nebulous organizational thing called "culture"—the unwritten set of values and norms that permeate an organization and influence the careers of its employees. What you may not realize is that job seekers should find out if the values of the companies they are courting are compatible with their career preferences. Why? Because most job dissatisfaction stems from a clash between personal career preferences and organizational career environments.

Career seekers must determine their aspirations, then find out if prospective employers will compliment or conflict with those aspirations.

Please click Corporate Culture Profile and take the quiz in order to determine the kind of culture that would suit you best: Professional, Bureaucratic, or Market.

If you preferred the Professional Career Environment, then you define career success in terms of the "value" of the work that you do. In other words, you are attracted by positions that allow you to engage in "meaningful" work. You probably prefer independence and autonomy. You seek the freedom to be creative and get satisfaction from work that relies on your technical or professional skills and experience. Because of your preference for the professional career environment, you may gravitate to personnel functions, training, research and development, computer systems design or consulting. Typically, companies that emphasize a professional career environment have few formal policies.

If you scored high in the Bureaucratic Career Environment, then you are most interested in "how far" and "how fast" you can advance within an organization. Influence and power are crucial to your career satisfaction. Divisions or departments that provide opportunities for rapid advancement and increased management control may be particularly attractive to you. Conversely, jobs that are far removed from an organization's power axis or jobs that have unclear or nonexistent advancement possibilities probably will not satisfy your strong need for battle, conquest, and promotion. Ask questions about career paths and career tracks, formal succession planning systems and advancement potential.

Finally, if you preferred a Market Career Environment, then you define career success in terms of "how much" you can earn and the other financial incentives provided by the company. Not suprisingly, you should seek positions that can satisfy your need for financial rewards. Sales, marketing, and advertising environments may provide you with the greatest satisfaction because of the high dollar incentives attached to such positions. Note how the interviewers sell the company to you. If they emphasized monitary rewards, then you've probably uncovered a market career environment.

Career satisfaction is a desirable yet elusive goal. However, by uncovering your true career preferences, and then carefully assessing the career environment of a potential employer, that goal should be attainable.

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Corporate Culture Profile


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