switching fields.. anyone work at a large corporation and/or in HR?

posted 3 years ago in Career
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Backyard

I am commenting to follow – I am in a similar position to you, except the opportunity to switch hasn’t presented itself yet! I am job hunting and wondering if I have the nerve to jump into the corporate (or at least not into my typical tiny, bleeding-heart non-profit) fray.

I wonder how different the atmosphere will be, when there is a definite bottom-line that defines success, etc. It may eat me alive, but man, I am SICK of working my butt off, with a master’s degree, and earning peanuts.

Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

If you have the opportunity to work for a Fortune company then do it.  Even a few years can be tolerated if you don’t like the atmosphere.  After a few years you will have your pick of smaller companies to work for that are impressed by your Fortune experience.

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Turf Valley

From my personal experience (bare in mind all companies are different), working for a larger company left me feeling less satisfied and less challenged than working for a smaller company.  Larger companies tend to have deeper pockets, so they hire people for a single specific job/function.  I often witnessed people kind of getting pigeon holed (myself included).  Whereas in a smaller company, you may wear multiple hats, thus allowing yourself to be challenged more frequently with new responsibilities.

I could never go back to a large company again.  If you’re used to working for smaller companies, and are wanting to be challenged, a large corporate for-profit organization may not be the answer.  I would steer my focus towards medium to small sized businesses which still need to grow and mature, which means more areas to contribute for you!  

In a few of the Fortune 100 companies I’ve worked for/with, you definitely aren’t busting your butt unless you’re in a high-stress type position, and I would not put HR functions in that category.

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Turf Valley

chillinchillin:  That was basically it.  I did not feel that I was being utilized to my fullest potential, so I was often very bored.  

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