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What should know a project manager, before accepting a job in a new company?
Which features in a company: structure (from functional to projectized) size, (start up to multinationals), industries...and ESPECIALLY what kind of CULTURE enables project success and boost project manager career
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Hi Alejandro,
This is an important question.
for me:
1-The mutuality phase of the company/organization which
I will join to.
2- The profile of company/organization in the field of PM.
3- The type of questions/interview questions
4- The culture of organizations/ culture dimensions for both
(country and organizations ) specially when running international
projects.

5- Stuff turnover
BR,
Mansour
Thanks Mansour,

could you please clarify what do you mean by mutuality phase? this term is new for me
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1 reply by MANSOUR THABET ALQUBATY
Oct 20, 2020 4:16 AM
MANSOUR THABET ALQUBATY
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Hi Alejandro Fernández,

sorry for miss-spelling it is maturity rather than mutuality .

Five Maturity phases are:
Every company/an organization has a path from phase 1 to phase 5.

1-Embryonic
2-Executive Management Acceptance
3-Line management Acceptance
4- Growth
5- Maturity

BR,
Mansour
Alejandro,
get as much information about them from many sources like their website, their annual report, the people leading them, people on LinkedIn, Glassdoor etc. If you have an interview, prepare many questions.

In the end companies are similar, they pay you a salary for work. What distinguishes them most is their culture and personality.

Let your guts decide (they do it anyhow).
The most important thing for me would be what they think the role of a PM actually is.

This perception differs widely from company to company or even person to person within an organization. For some it is a very responsible leadership role. For others, it is scheduling meetings for someone else and creating status charts.

I have moved into teams where they consider it the administrative task and transformed it into actual PMs, but I would never want to get stuck in a job where they consider the role primarily administrative busywork.
That must be done not only when you change the work place, it must be done each time you are assigned to a new project inside the same company where you are working today. While the article was written for other reasons here a checklist about you have to know and the places where you can find the tools to know about it.
https://www.projectmanagement.com/blog-pos...-right-solution
It is important to establish if this is a 'one-off' project and if so, what are the performance expectations and your opportunity for future assignments. In the latter part of my career I was mostly interested in relatively complex one-off projects with true PM responsibilities. Even when the company could have follow up projects I would essentially interview for that project.

If you are looking for long term employment rather than project specific I would look for a firm with a history of project delivery and with a future in that area. Possibly a company with a project management organization so that you can learn from experienced personnel, have an opportunity to get some guidance and training as well as a future.

Essentially look for a fit. Your expectations has to fit hand in glove with the company's plans. Otherwise it becomes a temporary , and possibly frustrating, assignment.
One should always try to find out what the company means by the term "project manager," because the job description varies wildly.
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1 reply by Sergio Luis Conte
Oct 19, 2020 3:12 PM
Sergio Luis Conte
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Applause!!!!
Oct 19, 2020 3:10 PM
Replying to Wade Harshman
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One should always try to find out what the company means by the term "project manager," because the job description varies wildly.
Applause!!!!
Oct 19, 2020 10:23 AM
Replying to Alejandro Fernández
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Thanks Mansour,

could you please clarify what do you mean by mutuality phase? this term is new for me
Hi Alejandro Fernández,

sorry for miss-spelling it is maturity rather than mutuality .

Five Maturity phases are:
Every company/an organization has a path from phase 1 to phase 5.

1-Embryonic
2-Executive Management Acceptance
3-Line management Acceptance
4- Growth
5- Maturity

BR,
Mansour

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