I am considering a role with large, well-known Company A and I've never worked there before. Company A has a business unit internally, called Team B, and there have been public announcements that Team B will be converted into a separate company, Company B, in medium-term future (a date is set that is more than a few months in the future).
During interviews with the hiring manager and members of Team B (inside Company A), no one has been able to give details about how the parameters of employment (insurance, vacation, management structure, team practices, work from home policy, etc.) would change when someone is transitioned from Company A into eventual Company B. At the same time, the hiring manager said it is a high priority for Team B (inside Company A) to grow the team ASAP, and they cannot wait to hire after the IPO into Company B.
One of my primary goals in an employment search is to make sure that all the parameters, from management processes and year-end evaluations to compensation, insurance, and fringe benefits, are all spelled out clearly and unambiguously in employment agreements or supporting documentation. Without this, I feel the company can change the parameters of the job without acknowledging that they are violating our agreed mutual expectations.
My specific questions:
Concretely, how do I speak about my requirement for this type of employment agreement or support documentation with Company A that guarantees that employment agreements with Company B will have to offer the same parameters?
What kind of employment agreement or supporting documentations should I ask for to accomplish this goal? Are there specific terms for this type of agreement that I can research?
Some details that might help: I'm coming from a software development point of view, so some of the things I often expect to be agreed upon in an employment agreement are things like:
- The team does not use "Agile" management practices (or uses them minimally).
- The company overall does not use any form of Stack Ranking policies.
- The job comes with a private office, or discretionary ability to work from home, or something similar to guarantee quiet working conditions.
- The employer sponsors my attendance at major conferences related to my career.
- Possible equity compensation (how would this translate from an equity incentive at Company A vs. eventual Company B?).
From speaking with the hiring manager and some team members, no one has been able to answer my questions so far. One team member even remarked he might have to check on his own insurance benefits and that my question was "a good one" that he "had not thought about" even though he's already in Company A and has known about the planned IPO for some time.