I recently completed the interview process at a local company and I have received a reasonable offer. I have an appointment tomorrow to inform them of my decision in person.
In South Africa there are no laws regarding annual increases; almost all employers tell you that your salary will be reviewed on an annual basis, but hardly any are willing to guarantee it. Further, experience has taught me that all is not what it seems when you look at a prospective employer from outside. There are no real indicators of how management handle requests such a a day off for personal matters, etc.
Would it be frowned upon if I request to speak privately to some current employees to get a feel of the company culture, etc., before accepting/declining their offer? I would aim to speak to people who would be my peers and ask questions that management would typically not like to hear you ask. One example would be: "How does management react when unreasonable requests are questioned?"
In South Africa, it is not customary to introduce you to other staff before your employment has been confirmed.