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1. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 9y

would you work for one

I've always had a bit of a thing with this one, try not to shop or get coffee from places like starbucks or primark, now I've been offered a job in a bank and I'm feelin a bit iffy about it but I reallly need the money so I'm going to take it...

was just wondering what peoples thoughts were on large corporate businesses? Does anyone else face moral dillemas when it comes to their employment situations?

mim

2. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

Hey Mimsy

The company l work for just went from being a family owned (albeit relatively large) company to one bought over by a corporation. I love my company and whilst not too many changes have come about yet we all know that it will eventually happen. Im all for change and enjoy it so l will bend and work with these new guys - lve no choice really plus lm in a managerial position so lucky enough to have my voice heard now and again, but l do know l will loose some of the automony and decision making ability l have been lucky enough to enjoy. But for some of the old timers who were with the same locally owned firm for 20 yrs plus the changes are going to be hard.

Unfortunately, its these larger companies that offer more opportunity and employment prospects, what l do say is if you are in simply to make a buck as opposed to trying to forge a career - take the job, take it at face value and leave at the end of the day. At least you are gaining experience and when you are in the role bringing in some cash it leaves you in a better position to look around for something that will fire your imagination and mind more!

Hope l make sense!

Heatherx

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 19, 2007, at 5:36 AM by Purdy ]

3. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y

I have worked for a number of corporations that are large, and presumably to the outsider, faceless. I have also worked from some small, independently owned businesses. I actually find I have more control and am asked to do less questionable things in my corporate jobs than in the smaller companies I have worked in. I don't think this is a universal truth or anything, but I don't think that you can just paint corporations as bad and family owned independents as good.

The thing to remember about corporations is that it is a bunch of actual HUMANS in those large, ivory towers, and most of them are decent, hardworking people who are just trying to do what they think is best. But like anything involving humans, mistakes happen. Sometimes corporations would be better off taking responsibility for them sooner, but I think that is more a by-product of lawsuits then anything endemic in the corporate structure or culture.

To summarize - I don't think that corporations are all bad, and you'll probably find as you work at your new job in the bank, that you'll meet some really interesting and decent people. You'll probably find things not to like about work or your bosses, but trust me, that has nothing to do with corporations and everything to do with working.

4. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y

My sister works for Starbucks and, although I think their coffee is by-and-large disgusting, I was pretty impressed with the way they treat their employees and suppliers. Coffee growers get paid above fair-trade prices, all employees (even in the US) receive medicare insurance, and there's a huge list of perks they can take advantage of (I believe it's all spelled out in a special intranet site). Starbuck's goal is to have everyone want to work for them - to love their jobs. It's an odd approach coming from such a corporate company but, then again, its their notarity and profits that have enabled them to offer above-average working conditions.

I still think they brew brown water, though.

5. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 9y

The thing about large corporations is that everyone knows the rules. Unless you're the CEO you can't make your own rules. In a small place people can get away with a lot more if they have "special relationships" or they're just bold enough to do it. Mind you this last part is what happens when you get to upper management level, and is what gives "large faceless corporations" their bad name.

From a personal perspective, large corporations do offer more security, and more opporotunities for continuous learning. It's the same advantages and disadvantages as living in a large city as oppose to a small town.

6. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting mim

would you work for one

I've always had a bit of a thing with this one, try not to shop or get coffee from places like starbucks or primark, now I've been offered a job in a bank and I'm feelin a bit iffy about it but I reallly need the money so I'm going to take it...

was just wondering what peoples thoughts were on large corporate businesses? Does anyone else face moral dillemas when it comes to their employment situations?

mim

Take the job, Mim.
U have to survive in the established economy. If u dont fit in, u put yourself at a disadvantage.
It would take more than one person, refusing to work for those corporations to make a difference.
Take the job, but whenever u get an opportunity inform others about the damage large corporations do, and hopefully u and other voters will succeed in pressuring your government to put restrictions on how these corporations operate and force them to trade fairly or not at all. There is nothing wrong with corporations existing in themselves, or u and others working for them.

Good luck, with your new job. Make sure they pay u what u deserve and enjoy your money.;)

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 19, 2007, at 8:25 AM by Mel. ]

7. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 9y

I wouldn't work for a tobacco company, a company that produced gambling machines, nor an arms company.

8. Posted by kombizz (Full Member 1416 posts) 9y

For sure I am not going to work for a company that destroy the mother earth, or make boms to kill innocent people or produce hunger around the globe.

9. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 9y

so I'm turning down the job to go work as a charity fundraiser, get a bit more money and its a helluva lot better suited to me!

mim