I quit my job last August because it was an extremely toxic environment for me. I was subject to harassment, bullying, and an overall sexist and toxic culture. This was mostly coming from the leadership team in the company (although not all of it). I quit with nothing lined up.
I have been actively applying since and it has been a long hard road. Finances are definitely getting tight and I know I need something sooner than later. I finally got through a full round of interviews and received an offer at a company I thought was going to be really good. So here's the kicker -one of the senior leaders at this new company is really good friends with most of the leadership team at the company I just left! He worked with many of them before and was even in talks to be hired at my previous company before he took this role. They are all cut from the same cloth and I felt that intuitively the moment I interviewed with him.
I'm pretty sure he even went to his buddies there for a backdoor reference because I was given an unofficial offer the day I interviewed and the next day had a weird follow-up request to, "dig deeper into the reason for my departure at my last job". Mind you, I was not fired - I quit on my own accord, I know I did great work for them and always had great performance reviews, and gave ample notice when I left. I just refuse to be treated like dirt and work under people who don't respect me or what I have to offer. I am still getting the offer at this new place. But now I have the difficult choice of whether I really want this job.
Practically speaking, I need this. I need the money and I did enjoy talking to the team I would be working with. But the rest of me feels like I'm walking into the same type of situation I just left. There are red flags everywhere and in my gut, I feel it will all be way too similar.
Any advice? I'm really struggling with this one.