A small "startup" IT company from US wants to open office in my city (Poland) and start a new project here. Based on my experience and relationship with the CTO, after brief interviews, I was given an offer letter in October 2019.
But the company was still waiting for funding therefore offer letter stated only "possible" start date in January 2020. Following the offer letter we had a team meeting (~10 people) with the CEO two months later (beginning of December 2019). At that meeting, we were laid plans and assured the formal employment contracts will follow next week.
Long story short, did that not happen and radio silence followed. No update, nothing, until, now, April 1st. Throughout that time I have repeatedly tried contacting the CEO via e-mail for an update on the situation, without any response. From the CTO I know the CEO was all that time trying to secure the funding. Now, all of a sudden, there is this "official" update that they're about to kickoff. The update made no mention whatsoever about the radio silence.
My feeling is that such lack of communication and transparency should be a red flag. Other possible red-flags:
- The recruitment process was very swift, without any technical questions although the position would be a strictly technical senior role (this can be somewhat explained by the fact the CTO knew my skills from my previous roles and possibly vouched for me)
- The recruitment process felt "cold" - like they just wanted to "get on with it" as fast as possible
- During the recruitment process, the Product Manager that was interviewing me never responded to any of my e-mails even though they were questions regarding the company/product/role that he himself suggested to ask
- During salary negotiations, the CEO made a blunt statement he knows my current job salary figure, even though I never disclosed that (???). When confronted about that, he basically ignored the question
My question is, is this lack of communication and transparency an objective no-go for this job? My personal feeling is yes.