It's also the time that business magazines, optimistic as their editors are, begin publishing their yearly "Best Indicators for Your Next Job," "What to Ask in an Interview," or "Ten Signs You're In a Toxic Workplace" assuming you're going to step right in to one of those cool tech companies where they serve crepes at break time and have a ball pit for "creative spitballing" (Truth is, though, that if you're over 50, it's more likely you're waiting for work under the umbrella at the edge of the Home Depot parking lot).
As part of its service to the public good, Pachinko has done some research and nailed down more than a dozen signals that the cute perks your potential new employer promises may be concealing some darker corporate mission.
So while you're waiting for those coal mining and auto manufacturing jobs to come back, here's our list of signs that might steer you to a more fruitful line of work.
Mind you--it's just a list. We don't judge. We just report.
1. Clothing Optional Fridays
3. HR staffs a 24/7 grief counselor.
4. Break room does double duty as a quarantine station.
5. Lunch counts against vacation time.
7. Elevator operates with a debit card.
8. Interview process includes a game of Twister.
10. Security requires daily readings from a Geiger counter.
11. Receptionist has a tip jar.
13. “You Break It, You Buy It”