I know to start off the question may sound a bit subjective as everyone has a different taste hence also a different criteria for good chemistry, but as there are some generic rules for good and healthy working place, like the WHO guidelines here.
I am a senior software developer who has worked in the last 3 years at 3 different companies. To begin with everything seemed to go down well but slowly things changed, conflict started to occur and keeping myself motivated seemed tougher than usual.
Some of the frequently occurring demotivating factors
What started as "we are a family" slowly turned into "Every man for himself".
Survival of the fittest.
Mobbing, gang ups against good performers.
Teasing to sometimes derogatory remarks if you falter somehow.
Which actually led to the downfall in the productivity of the team and the project as a whole. I know it's usual to paint a rosy picture of a future workplace in general during the interview process but I don't wish to take them for granted time and again disappoint myself and keep changing jobs because of unhealthy atmosphere, because I love the work I do.
I have also dug deeper introspectively to see if I am subconsciously doing something wrong in a repetitive manner, though I could muster some points where I could have done things in a different way, like expressing criticism in a diplomatic way and being more transparent in communication. However I am not sure if these points could help revive a festered workplace and lack of camaraderie. :)
I am in interview process again and unfortunately during corona times when everything is happening remote and not in person. I am searching for some out of the box ideas to probe healthiness of workplace at a future employer. Online reviews do help but I guess the people one is going to work with may or may not be in line with them.
Are there some smarter ways to get around the answer to the question without botching up an interview process?