Throughout my life, I’ve worked at various corporate chain jobs. Some I liked, some I didn’t, but they were all pretty underwhelming employers when it came down to the wire. The very first time I worked for a private company I immediately regretted spending so much time on the corporate work scene.
Restaurants, grocery stores, and malls all take huge advantage of their employees, usually at the cost of the consumer. Here are some of the reasons why I left the corporate chain work world and will never look back.
Loss of Identity
At most corporate jobs you will come to find that your personality and voice is greatly diminished. You are there to perform your job and not much else except being a cog in their money making machine. You will come across some corporate employers that make a great deal of effort to change this at their place of work, but most do not and in fact promote a keep to yourself and your nose to the grindstone mentality.
Trickle Down Effect
When something goes wrong, it will take the entire business down with it. When working at several corporate chain restaurants, I found that if the boss was in a bad mood then his assistant managers were in a bad mood, which led the servers to give less than quality service, which led to complaints about the food, which made the cooks mad and less interested in doing a good job. Overall, this damaged the reputation of us all and benefited no one. In a corporate businesses this type of situation happened frequently.
Nothing to Strive to
Almost no employe at a corporate chain store has a chance of moving up the ladder. A promotion is a pipe dream and after tons of hard work and finally seeing an opening, most likely they will hire from outside the store to keep you, the hard worker, grinding away. Only after years of backbreaking work will they even think of giving you the promotion or raise you had deserved for a long time. At the places I worked, we were often promised raises if we buckled down and worked as hard as we could for X amount of time. Often we would complete this upswing in work quality and then suddenly they couldn’t follow through on their end of the deal. I understand if this was a sole situation but I saw this happen dozens of times in the years I held these positions.
When you work for a business that is part of a corporate structure you face the reality of having to be the fall guy (or girl) for your boss’s mistakes. In the restaurant I worked at, after about four months corporate came in and had a meeting with the general manager about our sales, gain/loss potential, and what had gone wrong. This manager used this excuse to blame everyone in the business that he could and fire most of these people, just to keep a clean slate and look like he was an effective manager.
To me a good job should feel like a family and work together like one as well. Many corporate employers have thousands of employees come and go on a yearly basis. This makes it extremely hard to build relationships with co-workers and get a work flow going that is conducive to good business management. I was always wary to even make lasting friendships because I knew that there was a good chance that this person would only be in my life for a few months before quitting due to aggravation or getting fired. I think that this is a terrible business model for any company to run on.
For these reasons I decided that my future would be considerably brighter in other employment opportunities. I left the chain business world five years ago and not once have I had the slightest urge to look back. While it may be great as a first job, or for someone with work restrictions, these jobs don’t suit most people in the active work force.
Corporate Chain Employee- Various Stores, 7 Years
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