Post # 1
i’ve been in the nonprofit world for quite some time and don’t feel the passion i think you need to make this little money (hah). i pursued my academic interests in undergrad and grad school w/o intending to do this exact work i’m in now. i now have a great opportunity to switch fields, sticking with my underlying interests but instead applying it to human resources and organizational behavior, and ending up in a corporate (think Fortune 200) HR job. i wouldn’t have to do exactly that forever, but i would be doing it for at minimum a few years.
being that my background has been mostly nonprofit (and otherwise pretty hippie-ish lol), i wonder if i will like the corporate america style. I am a high-achiever A+ student type, so in that way i think i will like it as i don’t feel challenged in my current job anymore. i lack room to advance in position and salary, which this new path will definitely give me. my current job happens to be a corporation, but it’s a not-for-profit corporation. i feel a little like i’m ‘selling out’ but at the same time i’m soo tired of being underpaid, and the truth is just because it’s nonprofit work doesn’t mean i don’t wish for 5p and Friday just the same as everybody else. i don’t go home to my rented apt and think man i am just changing the world and feel so fulfilled! LOL!
i was hoping some bees out there could share their experiences with working for a big for-profit company/corporation and/or about working in HR, if that applies to you. also if you left nonprofit for something else, how did you like that? any regrets?
thank you so much bees!
Post # 2
- 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
- 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.
Post # 4
- 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.
Post # 5
engagedsagebrush: i completely hear you. my thinking now is that working for nothing sucks at work and in my regular life, while a better paying might only suck at work. haha! i’ve found in the nonprofits i’ve worked for there is still a bottom-line, and since they’re not always even making it there’s frequent worry about funding, closure, etc. at my job we still have quotas and numbers to meet. it’s a lot of the same that every other job deals with, with the added concerns of balancing the humanistic goals. plus, from the experience of myself and those around me in other orgs it seems like many nonprofits can’t cut it financially, and it’s a neverending stress leading to low pay, fear of lay offs, closures, fundraising pressure, etc. at my job the front line workers make garbage while the top execs make $100-200+k. they get raises and bonuses while we go on a raise freeze for 3 years. easy to get sick of that!!
beachbride1216: yeah thanks, i have been told this! the opportunity i’m looking at is a grad school and other students have said they intend to focus a few yrs in the corporate world and then move to something more to their liking.
LMD: thanks for your thoughts! i hear your point on mid-size companies, but the opportunity i have is heavily focused on fortune 200 companies. it’s a grad program where you’re recruited right from the start, ushered into a well paying internship at one of these companies, and then 85%+ go on to take nice job offers from these companies. so while i don’t definitely have to work at a company that size, i probably will because that’s where the best opportunities will be. was the main reason you didn’t like such a large company was that you felt pigeonholed?
Post # 6
- 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.