What do you look for in a company?

Excellent pay and benefits rank near the top of everyone’s employer wish list. What about more intangible benefits like flextime and opportunities for career development? Where do those rank among a potential employee’s considerations? Quite high, actually.

While the rate at which the economy is improving remains debatable, what is certain is that companies need to offer far more than just competitive salaries if they’re serious about recruiting top talent.

Blog Break touched on a version of this discussion a month ago. That post focused primarily on retention as opposed to recruitment.

The average employee values strong, competent and accessible leadership. Open lines of communication, volunteer opportunities, and encouragement from peers and management alike are also critical. Environmental awareness has become increasingly important over the years.

Besides salary and benefits, what do you look for in a company? Have you ever turned down a job offer for reasons other than compensation? Would you accept a lower salary in exchange for a better overall workplace experience?

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2 comments Add your comment

Peter Bjerkerot

June 29th, 2010
3:48 pm

I look for local stewardship in a company. I called the AJC Customer Service Department only to discover they are in the Philippines!!!

I am outraged that an Atlanta company (one that has actually published articles about the negative impact of outsourcing jobs to foreign companies) would take jobs that could help keep our unemployment rates lower and export them overseas! Why does the AJC even have this blog about jobs if THEY are guilty of exporting job opportunities?? The AJC company exists because of LOCAL readership. We have people here who are capable and willing to work in this capacity….people who have families and friends that would subscribe to your paper. No one in the Philippines will do that! How can the AJC call themselves a steward of the community if you don’t even employ local workers.

JOHN GENOSKI

July 1st, 2010
12:57 am

HOW BOUT BEING PASSED OVER FOR A 20 YEAR YOUNGER PERSON WITH ONLY 5 YEARS EXPERIENCE COMPARED TO YOUR 25 YEARS.I WAS LET GO AS A SUP. FOR NO REASON .MAYBE I DIDNT PRAY ENOUGH LIKE THEM.WHATS WRONG WITH THIS COUNTRY IS THAT TOO MANY PEOPLE ARE BOSSES PROMOTED THROUGH SUCK AND NO EXPERIENCE.THEY WALK AROUND TRYING TO PUSH ON YOU THOSE FRICKIN TONY ROBBINS BULL!THEY ARE SO INSECURE BUT THINK THEY ARE SMARTER THAN YOU.IT IS REALLY SAD WHAT IS GOIN ON TODAY THE COMPANYS ARE PUSHING THESE YOUNG SUCKS WHO HAVE NO KNOWLEGE AND WILL CALL CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS SECRECTLY TO FIND OUT WHAT THEY ARE SUPPOSE TO DO.THERE ARE NO LEADERS ANYMORE IN THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY.ONLY WANA BE’S WITH LITTLE OR NO KNOWLEDGE WHILE US 50 SOMTHINGS ARE TOLD WE ARE NOT WILLING TO CHANGE JUS PUT US OUT IN THE FIELD TO GRUNT .THATS AMERICA T DAY. THINK IT OVER NEXT TIME YOUR PRAYIN WITH CORPORATE ON THE CONFERENCE PHONE YOU HIPPOCRITES!