The corporate world is not what it’s chalked up to be..

We need to accept that we won't always make the right decisions, that we'll screw up royally sometimes - understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it's part of success. (1)

The corporate world is not what it’s chalked up to be – at least in my experience. People are miserable, overworked and even abusive. But, it’s all good because we need to “KEEP MAKING MONEY!” As long as the money is made, it does not matter how people are treated or how much of your life you have to give up. That seems to be the trend lately.

My first days in the corporate world were spent shredding paper by hand with a coworker because the automatic shredders were broken and our boss was too busy to train us. Talk about a smack in the face. I also remember being told that I could leave “when they said I could” after I said I needed to leave for an emergency.  Oh, and did I mention being accused of losing an important document when I set in on their desk and told them I did?

Later on in my career, I was being asked to mimic the functionality of an integrated software system for millions upon millions of dollars in revenue. It was beyond what any human being is capable of. On top of that, when I could no longer take on the increased levels of work with no change of system, I was told I was not a “team player”.

It was beyond mentally draining. I couldn’t make it work – as much as I tried. And believe me I tired, for years. I gave it every last ounce of my sanity ‘til there was a shred left that was capable of saying “I’m putting in my resignation.”

I hate how bitter my past work experiences have left me of the corporate world. I had such high hopes and aspirations coming out of college with a business degree; that I could make a difference and succeed. Don’t get me wrong, I am still succeeding in business as the co-owner of mine and my husband’s company – but I hate feeling like I failed at something.

I wish I could have an experience that would change the way I feel about the corporate world, but at the same time I’m so afraid it will turn out to be just more of the same. Heck, I’m even afraid of our own business being too successful for fear it will turn into what I experienced. Even when I hear others speak positively of their jobs, I’m convinced it’s just a façade so they’re not viewed as someone who speaks negatively about an employer.

Is there anyone out there who REALLY has had an incredibly positive and fulfilling experience? I would love to know!

I’m ready to release this bitterness once and for all. While my experience in the corporate world was not what I had hoped it would be, it has led me to where I am today. And If I never get the chance at redemption I will be OK with that, too.

I am no longer going to let this limit my success.


2 thoughts on “The corporate world is not what it’s chalked up to be..”

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    Tony on August 30, 2016 Reply

    You are already successful realizing that your inner peace of mind is more valuable to YOU. Corporate America is not about the people, it’s about the CEO whose job is to make as much money at any price.
    So proud of you to realize that your sanity & health is a priority. Stay strong with your feelings.

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      Jennifer Ann Jeffer on August 30, 2016 Reply

      Thanks! <3

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