I was having dinner the other night with a buddy of mine who is a Data Architect for a mid-sized firm, and he made a great workplace observation: The more political a company is, the less time they have to focus on growing the business.
Duh, you say.
Turns out this is important as maybe you fit in a political environment, or maybe you don’t.
My observation is that startups are not so political as most of the staff is completely engrossed in creating the business. And businesses with a high percentage of supervisors to staff are very political. Of course, all businesses have a political dimension to them, starting with the board’s relationship with the executive team.
So, think hard about joining that company which may have a political dimension unlike yours. Generally, it’s a bad match if you are a doer and you end up in a company where political intrigue rules the day.