Take it from me. Deciding to work for a corporation as a corporate slave is a positive eye opener. I want to spin it in the best light I can. And that is it. It’s an eye opener of what corporations are about. Yea, it’s an excellent model for the corporation as they get to hire a lot of people to do the same tedious, repetitious, insane tasks over and over. But for you, it’s like slavery. How does it sound to sit in a cube all day repeating the same tasks over and over? I wouldn’t say that it is quite as bad as the office environment in the movie “Office Space”, because obviously that is a little exaggerated (or is it?). But, working in the corporate environment is about as close as you can come to being a slave and considering it a job. I am happy to say that I have ended my corporate slavery recently, as it became unbearable over the long run for many reasons. I just want to talk a
little ton of sense into whoever is reading this to totally, no matter how much money they are offering, no matter how much they make it sound like a good deal, avoid becoming a corporate slave. It might sound like I am just being negative, but as a person who cares about personal growth, a corporate job is as far away from where you want to spend your time as possible.
Let me give you my experience working as a corporate slave
I started working there a few years ago for about a year and half. Before I took the job I was very excited, as this was about to be my first big job I had ever had. It’s funny the thought process that goes through your head during the job process of getting hired, compared to now. Especially, after I have experienced it in full. My thoughts back then were, “I am going to make a lot of money” and “I can’t wait for a challenging job where I can advance and be motivated”. It seemed like an awesome idea, as I was going to get my career started by working for a corporation.
The call came in and I got the job! I was extremely excited. The thing I learned looking back though is, I was taking this job for all the wrong reasons. I was strictly entertaining it because I thought I would be able to make a lot of money. My mistake was, I didn’t consider enough of what the actual job duties would be. For instance, what would I be doing on a day to day basis? Could I advance? Would there be variety? Or would I be brain dead staring at a screen, doing the same thing over and over?
Of course, at that point I didn’t know anything about working in the corporate world. But I was about to find out.
So I take the job and I have training the first couple of weeks. Training consists of taking little tests and shadowing other associates who are slaving what I will be slaving. I should have known by the signs of what happened during training, that this wasn’t the job for me. I could hardly pay attention and sitting in a chair all day was killing me! But I still had that thought in my head, Money!!!!!! So I stuck through it and started doing the tasks on my own. At first when I was learning all of the tasks it wasn’t as bad, because I had to figure out how to do everything correctly. But once you get the tasks down and you are doing the same thing over and over, that’s when it becomes like slavery. I’m sure that there weren’t many people that would equate what we were doing with slavery, but if you break it down it is very similar. You are sitting in a chair for 9 hours a day and staring at a monitor doing the same thing repeatedly. So you are a slave to the corporation and better yet like I was, a slave to money. And I definitely stayed a little longer than I wanted, but I’m glad that I was able to experience what it was like when you become a wimpy obedient slave, just for money. They say in your 20’s you will have many jobs, because most people do not know what they want tell they reach about 30, and have had some experience. Well I would say that is pretty much right on. The awareness that I gained through giving up my freedom 40-50 hours a week were as follows
1) Slave to money
Corporations seem to function just like a socialist economy. Everyone gets paid around the same amount of money and it’s hard to advance, because they have certain criteria for when you are eligible to advance. At my job, they had once a year reviews where you could get a pay raise. So even if you get promoted a month after your last pay raise, you still have to wait for 11 months to get your next pay raise. The jobs not that exciting, so you are just waiting for your next pay check. Most of the time the money isn’t enough to get ahead anyway, so you just use it to pay bills. Therefore, money is always on your mind, and it really becomes a trap. This is the realization that I came to during my time working there. If you were to stay with the company for many years, this would be the only way that you could really start to get ahead. But who wants to take corporate orders like a robot for 10-20 years just for money? And let me clarify what I mean by getting ahead. In this instance, I’m talking about making enough money so you can get the hell out of the company!
2) Bad for your health
In my last post I talked about taking a hair mineral analysis test and what it found. The practitioner told me that “when we feel stuck” (such as working a corporate job) a lot of times that affects our thyroid and adrenal glands. This really messes with our body chemistry. Both of these were not functioning at a very good level for myself. I mentioned that I didn’t
really like hated my job, and she said that definitely could cause me to feel stuck. As a human being, you want to feel like you are headed somewhere, and doing the same thing over and over at a corporation where you have little control, doesn’t allow this. Another thing that really gets old after a while is sitting in a chair. It sounds like a minor thing. But after sitting in a chair for 9 hours a day for over a year and half it really does affect you. They have actually done research on this, and sitting is the new smoking. It’s terrible for you! It tightens your hip flexors, causes lower back pain, and is very hard to keep good posture. What about staring at a computer screen for that long? Can’t be good either.
3) Freedom and Superficiality
Me personally, I like to talk about interesting topics that I think about all the time. In a corporation, you can’t really do this. Everyone is tuned into the vibe of “what can we talk about so I will be seen as normal, and it won’t offend anyone”. It’s so obvious too. That’s why, during my slavery, I kept my headphones in watching YouTube videos that were completely on the topics I love. Not to get off topic, but this might be the best thing about working for the corporation! They didn’t take away YouTube! Back to the topic. So there are very little moments where you see the individual come out in someone. It is a group think almost 100% of the time. Which to me, seems like unconscious conditioning. Interesting topics in the workplace consisted of talking about the weather, sports, or complaining about what is going on with the work that we did everyday. What a waste of time. It would always be refreshing when someone said something off the wall or talked about something really weird. If you do decide to talk about what you want with other co-workers, then you won’t get much feedback either because they don’t want to look weird to the other co-workers. And the thing that I hated the most was, this is what the corporations want! Obedient workers. As George Carlin would say, “just smart enough to run the machines and do the work, and just dumb enough to passively except these increasingly shittier jobs, with the longer hours and lower pay, and vanishing pensions” This is exactly what the corporations want!
4) Everyone is a robot
This sounds hilarious, but it really is true. My manager isn’t really a manager. She is just the robot that does what the manager ahead of her wants her to do. That manager does what the manager ahead of them wants them to do. So really when you get to the top of the totem pole the only person who is really able to do what they want to some extent is the owner of the company. This is how corporations function. And if you go off track a little bit, then your manager is forced to penalize you because her manager said so. If you value being able to make your own decisions and be free in how you act, then this will really discourage you. Obviously, it did for me. Now I realize that this is how a corporation would have to function as there couldn’t be different rules for different employees. But it still sucks! With small businesses and working for yourself at least your voice can actually be heard. You can easily go to the top and put your two cents in and it is going to be easier to have an effect. Not at big corporations. Good luck getting a hold of the CEO to tell him that you don’t like one of the policies that was put in place.
5) They will hire a wider range of employees
This goes back to my last point. A corporation functions by hiring so many employees that the skills of the hires can be a lot lower than a small business. A small business needs to have good employees across the board or the company will not flourish. The corporation that I worked at didn’t necessarily have really bad hires, but you still have to put up with other employees not doing their job correctly and efficiently. And they aren’t held accountable very often. It really lowers the morale if you are doing your job correctly, and you have to compensate for someone else who isn’t doing there job at a very high level. Not to mention it kills your motivation.
Working for a corporation makes you realize how much of a benefit it is to kiss the ass of the managers. If you aren’t the type of person who likes to kiss ass and be fake, then you probably will not get promoted. No matter how good you are at your job. People I worked with were looked down upon if they didn’t interact with the manager and say the right things. This is my perspective, but I got the feeling from others I worked with that they felt the exact same way.
7) Flexible Schedule
When you work for yourself or at a small business it is easier to have a flexible schedule as long as you get things done on time. At a corporation, since your job is so minuscule to the overall scheme, you don’t have this flexibility. Sounds counter intuitive, but it’s not. Since there are so many people and your job is so small, they have to have a way to regulate everyone. The system is setup so only a certain amount of people can be off on a certain day and you only get a certain amount of days off a year. Not to mention, they just recently took a way sick leave before I left. Before you could have up to 10 days of being sick throughout the year and then vacation separate. Now, they gave us 3-4 extra vacation days and completely removed sick days.
8) No time for anything else
One of the biggest things I hated about working 40 hours a week as a corporate slave was the fact that once I got out of the job, I was to tired to do anything else. I would imagine other people are doing things on the side that would allow them to break free from the corporate chains like I do. But if you don’t have the energy, you are stuck. To add onto that, even if you do have the energy your mind has been stuck in a place all day that it doesn’t want to be, which saps your creativity and motivation to do anything else when you get off.
9) Can you reach your potential?
I believe it would be very hard to reach your highest potential working in a huge corporation. I really do. Your role is to small and complacency comes easy. Only you are able to tell what your potential is and nobody else has any clue. You can feel it. When your in the middle of a job or a task you can tell intuitively if this is challenging or if this is where you should be. It’s hard to describe the feeling you get when you are working a crappy corporate job. Unappreciated and a feeling of “I can do more than this”. I was not put on earth only to receive a paycheck every two weeks for doing uninspired work. And when you start getting those feelings, you know you are not living up to your potential with this current job.
10) No growth
I think to truly grow as a person to a higher extent you have to be able to make your own decisions, have variety, and have to rely on yourself 100%. Working for a corporation is to safe. Way to safe. Everyone contributes so little to the overall mission that it doesn’t really make sense to fire anyone, unless they are stepping way out of bounds. So yea it’s safe in that you will get the same paycheck, do the same work, and you can live comfortably for the rest of your life. But who in the hell wants to do that? What a boring life! To truly experience yourself, you have to try new things and take many risks. How can you discover yourself without being out of your comfort zone? That is why I say that there is no growth. It is like a straight line working for a corporation. The highs and lows are so rare, and that is why everyone is asleep there. For me personally, that is why I couldn’t do it anymore. In order to be on the cutting edge you constantly have to be pushing towards the outer part of your comfort zone.
We aren’t born to do another persons bitch work. We are born to follow our our own vision. As I mentioned, money can become a huge block, but this is what they want. Even if you have to live on little money at all verse working and having more, I would suggest living on little money. At least you can explore your desires and what you want to do in your life.
I might seem like a huge negative Nancy when it comes to explaining my views on corporations, because I’m sure some people love it. But I want to voice my opinion for other people, so they can at least consider other options. If you are really serious about creating a life that you will enjoy and will make you get up everyday feeling fresh, then do something for yourself. And do it because you love it. No other reason. Our society has gotten so many people caught up on money, that people will do anything. Including becoming a corporate slave. It takes courage to follow your own path and not follow the path of someone else’s vision. And I am glad that I got to experience working in a corporation. When you know what you don’t want, it helps better clarify what you do want. I definitely know what I don’t want now, and it helped me clarify that I would like to travel more and do my own thing. It also helped me clarify that I don’t like working for other people. Who does? With any experience, you are just crystallizing what you want and it keeps on getting easier and easier to see the path. I hope my articulate analysis of the bogus reality a lot of people unfortunately live in will make you reconsider. That is, if you want to realize your potential. You won’t find it as a corporate slave.