Working for a large, worldwide corporation, I’m finding, really didn’t mean that much. It’s kind of funny, but when you tell people that you work for a worldwide financial organization, people start listening. They get a little impressed. Like, wow, that’s a great company to work for.
I have to say, they had some benefits that were nice. But honestly, I can buy my own tickets to the amusement parks, or pay the extra couple of bucks to get into the museum. I don’t really go that often anyhow. Other than that though, it’s kind of an isolating, lonely type of experience being a drone in a sea of drones walking the hallways like zombies, rarely receiving a hello or goodbye.
That environment made me extremely unhappy and I’d have left a long time ago had they not been providing me a steady paycheck and medical benefits that we can’t live without these days. Most of my days were spent staring at the walls or ceiling, waiting for work to come my way. And when the work did come, I was typically done with it in less than a few minutes.
When I made the change in mid-2007 to a smallerâ€”much, much smallerâ€”statewide company, I knew things would be different. Way different. It’s strange going from a company where the department you work in has more people than the new company you’re going to work for. The biggest change was actually having a steady stream of work to do. My first couple of months, I was totally under water trying to keep up with the work and learn the process at the same time. Eight months later, I’m falling into the groove. It’s less structured, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
At the old company there were days I didn’t even know if my supervisor was in the office; at the new company the CEO comes by a few times a week to greet us “good morning”. It’s really the small stuff that makes coming to work so much better. Today is St. Patrick’s Day and they served us corned beef and cabbageâ€”all free, just because. They did the same thing for some of the other holidays, along with the week between Christmas and New Year’s off.
I’m guessing that I’m just not a “big company” type of person. I do better in a smaller atmosphere where I can share my opinions and ideas and see them come to life. You can’t get that in a corporate atmosphere. It just won’t happen, unless you’re kissing the right asses.
And I don’t kiss ass. I do, however, like the corned beef.