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4 Types of Company Culture

This post was written by Kayla Hale ’15, CCD Peer Career Ambassador

How do you know what company culture suites you best? Sometimes it is difficult to know until you experience each type, but knowing the different company cultures can help you understand what your looking for and where you may be more comfortable. The 4 main company cultures are listed and described below:

  • Clan oriented cultures are family-like, with a focus on mentoring, nurturing, and “doing things together.”
  • Adhocracy oriented cultures are dynamic and entrepreneurial, with a focus on risk-taking, innovation, and “doing things first.”
  • Market oriented cultures are results oriented, with a focus on competition, achievement, and “getting the job done.”
  • Hierarchy oriented cultures are structured and controlled, with a focus on efficiency, stability and “doing things right.”

In your job/internship search, begin to analyze the company based on their culture. Do they have a adhocracy culture or more of a hierarchy? Does this fit my personality, work ethic, and achievement goals? By considering company culture during your job search, you will end up at an organization that is best suited for you. If you would like to learn more, please follow the links below!

*Definitions come from http://artsfwd.org/4-types-org-culture/