Big corporations are often perceived as evil and non-ethical. While there are some political and financial influencers, not all large businesses are allegedly notorious pharmaceutical companies and many are actually very pleasant to be a part of. There are a lot of big company benefits you can use to gain the experience necessary for your professional life.
A steady position
Many people believe that if they get apposition in a large corporation, their chances of losing the position are very slim. They entertain the thought that it is all up to them being responsible, hardworking, and productive. They never take into consideration the fact that even a large corporation can go bankrupt. For example, One of Australia’s largest retail store chains, Dick Smith Holdings Ltd. closed down in 2016 after operating for 48 consecutive years. Truth to be told, a lot of people have earned their retirement there, but in the current market and current economy, no one is completely safe. The above-mentioned Dick Smith used to be one store only, so you never know what a small business can grow into. Though, I admit, a greater market share often means more revenue and more stability.
When working for a big company, you often spend your days surrounded by dozens or even hundreds of people. You will not work closely with all of them but you will see the majority on daily basis. You can use this opportunity to find people of similar interests and expand your social network. Often you grow close to people you would not normally socialize with but the circumstances and the amount of time spent together brought you to it. It can be a great comfort for people who work a lot and do not have much time for private life. Not only that, but these are valuable connections you can take with you wherever you go. A great source of referrals and references.
Amenities which corporate office buildings offer are usually amazing. You will have a restaurant, a gym, a swimming pool, a nursery, a shop, a playroom etc. at your disposal. These are very easy to get used to as they are very convenient. You know the run-around you have to do every day to get your child to kindergarten and get to work. You have to waste your lunch break on going to a restaurant or a store and you probably do not even have time to hit the gym or go to a swimming pool. Having all of these handy will improve your lifestyle and save you some time.
A great learning opportunity
When you work side-by-side with hundreds of other employees, you get to learn a lot. The knowledge you gain ranges anywhere from communication skills to diplomacy and skilled work. You will have to learn to apply different communication strategies for different people and probably coordinate between those below and above you. The company probably employs a lot of experts in different fields and you will have an opportunity to work with them and harvest their knowledge by learning from the best.
Big companies have a department dedicated to human resources which means that there will always be someone ready to help you execute your rights. You will be able to take your days off without discussing it with the entire office worst to make sure that everyone is ok with your dates. The rights will not be flexible but you will be entitled to them. Also, the benefits packages are often better as big companies can afford more. The same principle applies to salaries particularly for those with expertise in a certain field.
Hierarchy, policies, and procedures are something big corporations are ruthless about. Sets of rules have been developed over time and they govern all processes which take places within the corporation from communication between employees to the production line. This is the only way they can ensure consistency and coordination to avoid chaos. Employees know exactly which halls to take to get to their offices, which bathrooms to use, The chain of command and who they can turn to for help, as well as, whose backs they should never go behind.
Specialized positions and training
The structure also means that everyone knows exactly what their job title is and what their duties are. Being able to focus on one job only will help you gain relevant experience in your field and learn a lot. Also, many companies gladly invest in their employees and organize or send them to different seminars and training relevant to their position and the industry. This type of further education is of great value as you can get practical knowledge from applying the skills you learn and if you had to apply yourself for these, you would have spent a lot of your free time and money.
Opportunities to grow
Working in a company with a complex hierarchy means there are a lot of steps on the ladder one can climb. It seems to be much harder to make career advancements in a smaller business than it is in a corporation. This is a great way of motivating your employees so they can see that their efforts are being recognized. If a position allows it, an employee can change departments and learn new things. This will also keep the necessary level of dynamics.
Reflect and analyze
If you spend a significant amount of time doing only one set of tasks, you have time to look back and analyze your work. This will also allow you to improve. Contrary to what many believe, this can be a very relaxed stress-free working environment.
Apart from giving you a job opportunity, big corporations can also help you improve and grow in all fields. Once you feel ready, you can use the skills and start your own business venture. Who knows, maybe your business grows and spreads worldwide to become a global corporation.