My former employer had to let me go but encouraged me to seek employment with one of his clients -- a small, well-funded company with maybe 100 employees -- since I had done extensive work for them before being laid off. I have an upcoming interview with the CEO of the client company whom I have never met, but I have concerns about the company's management style.
While working with the client, I observed:
- frequent fire-fighting by other employees instead of resolving the core issues
- choosing to out-source a critical part of their flagship product to a less-experienced team instead of allowing us to complete it despite repeated significant failures we observed (and kindly pointed out) when collaborating with the other team
- frequent changing of project requirements due to lack of planning
- poor communication among employees and stakeholders
I've worked with both small and large companies and have seen some of these problems manifest before at times, but my concern is that these reflect the top-management style and are not rare occurrences.
Should I bring up any of these concerns to the CEO? If so, how do you recommend I approach this? I obviously don't want to cover these point by point as I'd probably come across as overly critical.
I'm being considered for a senior position, and as such, may have some sway in suggesting some positive changes if the CEO is willing to listen. Normally, I wouldn't consider working for a company while having these concerns a priori, but they would be offering me the benefit of part-time work which I'm seeking and is rare for my position.