Looking for a new job but you’re not sure about how a company ACTUALLY is?
Message PAST employees on LinkedIn, they are a lot less likely to lie to you.
Like many of you, work life balance is basically as important as compensation to me. After being at some companies with terrible cultures and work like balances, when I started looking for a new job, I’d connect with past employees at companies I’m interviewing with and ask them what they thought of the company. While an employer might say “we have a work hard play hard attitude here” which is vague and a bad answer designed to keep you interested. A past employee is a lot less likely to lie to you and will tell you that it means they will work you to death and have a pizza party once a quarter.
Just keep the message simple and professional. Design it in a way where it just seems like you are doing your due diligence so even if that person you message is actually still best friends with your potential manager it will just seem like an eager interviewee going above and beyond for the job. Good luck!