I am on track to receive a job offer any day now for my first time as a manager. I have been a team lead and project lead for 15 years and have been wanting to get into more of a management role. I was recently laid off from a job that I loved and have had several interviews.
My last position was for a large professional company over 6000 employees. This new opportunity is quite the opposite, small family led company less than 50 employees. I am open as this would be a great chance for me to break into the role and learn a lot. I do have some concerns that have worried me to a degree. After 3 in person interviews with the CEO and all of the other managers, I found out I am the only candidate they are interviewing (bonus for me). Yesterday I was able to come in and work with the departing manager in this role (leaving for a great opportunity in a large company) and do a technical test. This was the first time I was able to see everyone in their natural environment. I was almost shocked to where I wanted to withdrawal from moving further. I felt as if I walked into a middle school locker room. Now keep in mind they knew I was coming in, and I still saw all of this going on. There were conversations that would make a sailor blush, employees walking around shooting each other with nerf guns, and yelling across the room to each other. This is all in a client facing IT environement, like a help desk. I felt like there was a lawsuit waiting to happen on the grounds of hostile woprk environment, or harassment. They are a small company with people that have been there for many years and a mix of younger employees too.
Am I too uptight after working in larger environments? Is this something I can take as a challenge to come in start to right the ship eventually? I feel this needs to come from the top down and not from someone new coming in. I do feel that the CEO is open to my opinion and suggestions. Should I inform the CEO when an offer is presented, or not even worry about it? Should I just politely decline, state my reasons why and move on?