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Re: corporate america
PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2008 2:06 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Merlin wrote:
BarbedWireSmile wrote:
I'm anxious to hear the proposed alternatives to the corporate model.

Not poking fun... being serious. Everyone loves to bash corporations, but why? Is it better working for a Mom & Pop? Not everyone can own their own business. So besides subsistance agriculture or working for the local shop, what's the alternative?


I think what has been lost is that a corporation forgets how it became one
It was their people.
How many of you assisted a flegling corporation become successful only to see the higher ups who we brought in because of their resume' to manage after you helped to start it and make it succeed, screw it up.
Corporate America has forgotten who got them there and the principals you instiled in the business
As history proves, When corporations forget people, you can forget the corporation
Just my input


I agree 100%. The larger a corporation grows, the focus on it's people wanes. The bottom-line and how many widgets you can produce in a day is all that matters. The minions are expected to devote their life, blood, sweat, and tears to The Company & the minute the bottom-line is threatened, well, you can be kicked to the curb without a thought.

I laugh when I research a company and it purports to strive to help it's people maintain a healthy work/life balance. I snicker when a company states in it's Mission Statement that it focuses on the success of the individual.

And, what's REALLY laughable is when a company conducts an annual Associate Satisfaction Survey. Most large companies conduct this on-line now, and it's supposed to be "confidential". Yeah, right. One has to input their ID and password to access the company system to access the survey. I was born at night, but not last night.

The two words I have become to detest most: Shareholder Value.
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Re: corporate america
PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2008 2:12 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

What Job Descriptions REALLY Mean
COMPETITIVE SALARY:
We remain competitive by paying less than our competitors.

FLEXIBLE HOURS:
Work 55 hours; get paid for 38

GOOD COMMUNICATION SKILLS:
Management communicates, you listen and figure out what they want you to do.

ABILITY TO HANDLE A HEAVY WORKLOAD:
You whine and you're fired.

CAREER-MINDED:
We expect that you will want to work until you are 70.

SELF-MOTIVATED:
Management won't answer your questions

SOME OVERTIME REQUIRED:
You will work late each night and most weekends

DUTIES WILL VARY:
You will be required to make coffee and fetch sandwiches every day.

COMPETITIVE ENVIRONMENT:
We have a lot of staff turnover - don't expect your colleagues to be friendly.

SALES POSITION REQUIRING MOTIVATED SELF-STARTER:
We're not going to supply you with leads; you will get no help, apart from the telephone directory and the phone to get you started.

CASUAL WORK ATMOSPHERE:
We don't pay enough to expect that you'll be able to dress well.

SOME PUBLIC RELATIONS REQUIRED:
If we're in trouble, you'll go on TV and get us out of it.

SEEKING CANDIDATES WITH A WIDE VARIETY OF EXPERIENCE:
You'll need it to replace three people who just left.

PROBLEM-SOLVING SKILLS A MUST:
You're walking into a company that is a state of perpetual chaos.

Humour or the truth? Certainly some of these above have been true in my career!!
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Re: corporate america
PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2008 2:25 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

that was my last job
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