So, you’ve finally landed a new job and you’re thrilled to be in the working world again. Hopefully, your new position will be one that provides you with support, great opportunities and plenty of recognition for your successes. Unfortunately, a company that seems like Cinderella during the interview process can end up looking more like an ugly stepsister once you actually join the team.

Here are some real-life, sure-fire signs that it’s time to run away and never look back!

You ask your new boss for supplies and she hands you a No. 2 pencil and legal pad — and nothing else. While not all companies can afford to outfit employees with late-model laptops, cell phones, pagers and company credit cards, it is important that you are given the tools that you need in order to do your job. If you aren’t, or if the company questions you every time you ask for a new pen, it could be an indication of financial stress.

You were shown to a cubicle your first day of work, given a company manual and haven’t been spoken to since. Even if you have years of experience, you should always be given some kind of orientation or training during your first days on a new job. The companies that are known as the best places to work all have substantial training programs and processes in place to make sure new employees feel comfortable and supported right from the start. Be wary if you feel like you have been left to go it alone.

Every time you tell someone about your new job with the company, they raise their eyebrows and say “Really? Wow… good luck with that.” A company’s reputation isn’t always completely accurate, but it does usually stem from legitimate information. Good companies to work for are typically well-known and well-respected in their communities. In fact, you should ask others in your industry and the local business community what their thoughts are about the company when you are doing your initial research. If everyone you ask has a negative tale about your new employer, chances are their impressions have some validity.

After two weeks on the job, you are already halfway to becoming the employee with the most seniority. One of the biggest issues for human resources professionals today is employee retention. You will notice that most of the country’s top companies have employees who have been around for years. Lengthy employee tenure is often a sign that the company is doing something right. “I joined a firm in St. Louis and learned that the company had seven other employees come and go in the past year,” says Sarah, a public relations executive. “What’s worse is that it was only a five-person operation. That should have been the first sign that the company was not a great place to work.”

You notice that every day for the last five days, at least one person has run crying from your boss’s office. While not everyone’s boss is a bundle of joy, you should expect to be treated with respect in the workplace. If you see signs that the executives running your company make all of the other employees shake with fear, burst into tears or work on edge all the time, look for a greener pasture. There are companies out there that find success without putting employees through the ringer. You will not know everything about your new company until you put in your time, but if you get a bad feeling right away, there is probably a good reason for it. Trust your instincts when you start a new job, and know what qualities you want to see when you walk into the office. Doing so can keep you from being stuck in a dead-end situation that leaves you frustrated and unfulfilled.

@ Kate Lorenz, CareerBuilder.com

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