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    Corporate Culture

    I've noticed a lot of the people I know (of all ages) that are in a major corporation here in town all have a certain no-nonsense, almost dry, attitude. I've noticed this when dealing with people from larger companies in Des Moines, too. Is something that is ingrained into people or are certain people drawn to a certain job/job culture?

    Have you noticed this in your workplaces?

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    Re: Corporate Culture

    Most of the people I know that work for large companies have robotic personalities. It creeps me out.



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    Re: Corporate Culture

    It most definitely depends on what position they have with the "large company". I know a few people that work(ed) for Microsoft, one of the largest of large companies, that are nowhere near "robotic" or "dry". Same for Wells Fargo and probably every company.



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    Re: Corporate Culture

    Quote Originally Posted by JWIL4CY View Post
    Most of the people I know that work for large companies have robotic personalities. It creeps me out.
    Is this a thread about Wesley?



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    Re: Corporate Culture

    I just recently changed jobs from a global insurance company (25K+ employees) to a health care company with <500 employees. In the two months I have been here, I know more about the company than the 2+ years with the corp.

    I also have seen an increase in personality, like tenfold. So yes, you are spot on. I really have no idea why it is, but it is that way.



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    Re: Corporate Culture

    I think it takes a certain amount of ability to conform to stick at a large company. People who aren't conformists tend to either quit, get fired or become the boss. Just my two cents.



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    Re: Corporate Culture

    Not being in the corporate world it also sort of frustrates me that people can't ever really explain to me what they do for their job. They kind of hint around at one topic and never really elaborate and that's the end of the discussion. Why is it so freaking hard to tell someone what your job responsibilities are?


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    Re: Corporate Culture

    You have obviously never worked for a medium-to-large corporation. Working for them virtually requires a high degree of conformity, which translates to displaying a personality which is inoffensive, safe, and won't rock the boat too much. People who don't fit this mold cause too many unnecessary conflicts and disputes with bosses and coworkers and will eventually be labeled as "not a team player".

    Adjusting to this type of personality was by far the hardest challenge I had when I joined the corporate life. People who in college would drink liberally, make off color jokes, question idiocy without thinking twice, and were otherwise a "normal" person would suddenly morph into this dry, automaton when they begin working in an office. Unfortunately, after working in this environment for awhile, some of the aspects of your office personality will rub off on your non-office personality if you don't actively fight to stop it.

    Last note in honor of tonight being the series finale, this is why "The Office" at its peak is such a great show. It brilliantly demonstrates the various personality types you will find in this kind of environment and how they all act with each other. Not many shows or movies even address this aspect of office life, much less do so in such a brilliant way.



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    Re: Corporate Culture

    Quote Originally Posted by GMan View Post
    You have obviously never worked for a medium-to-large corporation. Working for them virtually requires a high degree of conformity, which translates to displaying a personality which is inoffensive, safe, and won't rock the boat too much. People who don't fit this mold cause too many unnecessary conflicts and disputes with bosses and coworkers and will eventually be labeled as "not a team player".

    Adjusting to this type of personality was by far the hardest challenge I had when I joined the corporate life. People who in college would drink liberally, make off color jokes, question idiocy without thinking twice, and were otherwise a "normal" person would suddenly morph into this dry, automaton when they begin working in an office. Unfortunately, after working in this environment for awhile, some of the aspects of your office personality will rub off on your non-office personality if you don't actively fight to stop it.

    Last note in honor of tonight being the series finale, this is why "The Office" at its peak is such a great show. It brilliantly demonstrates the various personality types you will find in this kind of environment and how they all act with each other. Not many shows or movies even address this aspect of office life, much less do so in such a brilliant way.
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    Re: Corporate Culture

    Quote Originally Posted by wonkadog View Post
    Not being in the corporate world it also sort of frustrates me that people can't ever really explain to me what they do for their job. They kind of hint around at one topic and never really elaborate and that's the end of the discussion. Why is it so freaking hard to tell someone what your job responsibilities are?
    Most people (self included at times) basically take one spreadsheet and rearrange it into another spreadsheet and then email it to someone else. Or maybe a PowerPoint instead of a spreadsheet.


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    Re: Corporate Culture

    Quote Originally Posted by wonkadog View Post
    Not being in the corporate world it also sort of frustrates me that people can't ever really explain to me what they do for their job. They kind of hint around at one topic and never really elaborate and that's the end of the discussion. Why is it so freaking hard to tell someone what your job responsibilities are?
    Sorry for the double post, but this is because it actually isn't always very easy to describe to outsiders what your job is. The job is usually very specific to the industry and corporate environment the person works in, and they usually wear many different hats in their one job. Job roles and responsibilities are not always clear cut and easily defined to those on the outside. To explain the job in a way that makes sense to the other person often does take a few minutes, if not more, of explanation.



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    Quote Originally Posted by besserheimerphat View Post
    Most people (self included at times) basically take one spreadsheet and rearrange it into another spreadsheet and then email it to someone else. Or maybe a PowerPoint instead of a spreadsheet.
    Are you putting the new covers on the TPS reports?



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    Quote Originally Posted by GMan View Post
    Sorry for the double post, but this is because it actually isn't always very easy to describe to outsiders what your job is. The job is usually very specific to the industry and corporate environment the person works in, and they usually wear many different hats in their one job. Job roles and responsibilities are not always clear cut and easily defined to those on the outside. To explain the job in a way that makes sense to the other person often does take a few minutes, if not more, of explanation.
    So they're a hat tester of sorts?



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    Re: Corporate Culture

    Quote Originally Posted by wonkadog View Post
    Not being in the corporate world it also sort of frustrates me that people can't ever really explain to me what they do for their job. They kind of hint around at one topic and never really elaborate and that's the end of the discussion. Why is it so freaking hard to tell someone what your job responsibilities are?
    Because when you try to get into specifics about what you do and why it matters in the grand scheme of the company, 90% of people won't follow you and you can see their eyes glaze over. Unless you have a job you learn about in pre-school (teacher, doctor, fireman, etc.) most people don't have the patience for an actual explanation of what you and your employer do. You learn to be general and vague.


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    The only part of your personality you should carry to work is your vengeful and hateful side.


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