I was introduced to a company by a recruiter. While I liked the hiring manager (Sr. Dir), on the phone interview, at the face to face interview, and on a follow up call, he criticizes my current employer as having lots of people doing non-value added work. He worked for the company that bought my employer 15+ years ago.
I work for a big pharmaceutical company and the company I interviewed with is a generic. I challenged the Sr. Director on this criticism saying my half of the company was all about moving things forward. At the interview, I gave a seminar. We ask candidates toso this too, so we can evaluate their data skills and presentation skills. We don't judge the topic since people come from different backgrounds. Yet their VP judged my topic. He attacked me saying it was just a high school science project, I'd never go to a conference again if I work there. Further told me in the hallway that most people from big pharma crash and burn at their place and numerous other put downs. Later that day, to the recruiter, and to me on the phone, the Sr. Director said he's against treating candidates like that, but the VP does it to everyone. Sr. Director did tell me one concern: could I give up the innovation stuff I presented if I were to work there? What I presented wasn't stuff I do all the time, it's stuff I'm allowed to present because it's been presented at a conference. Turns out, the actual job is similar to what we do (not much more innovative). Yet at the interview, no one asked me about my work or how I do it.
I left the face to face interview not sure if this was the job for me. That's how I felt after the phone interview too. The only benefit is moving higher on the leadership ladder. And generics develop products faster too. The work did not seem as exciting as my current job. Makes me more thankful for my job, but I am tired of the politics. Taking this job would require a relocation to a lower cost of living state, require wife to find a new job, and she'd lose her state funded ~$12k/year disability services. I am concerned the Sr. Dir is transferring his negative experience when he worked at my company on me. Every job I've had (three + grad school), the employer REALLY wanted me for my creativity, initiative, problem solving skills, and experience, whereas these folks don't seem as eager for my talents.
They told me at the interview that they had just found a candidate with 15 years of generic experience. Recruiter left me a message yesterday that this candidate has declined their offer and I might get an offer soon, but not sure if it will be as high of a title. Any thoughts, anything I should ask, should I try to keep my option open, or trust my gut and decline?