A number of things indicate that you’ve got a job, not a career.
One is when there is a poor culture at your current company.
Working in a company with a poor culture is unpleasant. Poor cultures reward – actively or by neglect – poor behaviors. Poor cultures value the wrong things. They put individuals in situations that are potentially harmful.
That harm doesn’t have to be the risk of bullying or something physical. You can be consistently overlooked for promotion because the culture recognizes the wrong things. You can work long hours for less than you’re supposed to be paid. You can be exploited by poor company culture in more ways than you can imagine.
In poor cultures, managers are not supportive of your growth. They worry about their own standing in the company. It’s always about them. They only care about exhausting your work hours and making sure you’re worth every peso they pay you.
Or worse, they’re not around to provide you coaching and feedback. You do the work day in and day out without knowing if you’re doing your job right or not. It doesn’t seem significant enough for your manager to sit down with you to discuss the particulars of your job – they expect you to magically know already. You probably only hear about it if you make a mistake that impacts on the manager.
The key term here is ‘job’. If your company has a poor culture, you’ve got a job. Along with every single other person in your company. Even those who think they are getting ahead have jobs, not careers.
There’s a lack of leadership. And you notice that people don’t take ownership of the role they have and the work they do. How can you expect someone to manage you effectively if they got appointed for other reasons than their work ethic and performance? People like that fear their subordinates are smarter than them and do what they can to sabotage you. They take you out of the game early and without you even knowing it.
Culture impacts at every level. People are careless in the way they handle clients. They speak with them in a too casual manner and are insensitive to their needs. They can also be competitive in a way that defeats the purpose of being in a team. They want to get ahead in whatever way they can – whether wrong or right. And managers don’t always see this or turn a blind eye to short-cut methods.
Negative company culture makes you feel bad about your work. You aren’t empowered to provide great service to clients. The result is that you usually leave the company without looking back but having damaged your career.