🐀🏢 I don’t ever want to work at a big company again

or How this country mouse is done with the rat race

Jason Theodor

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A woodcut illustration of a rat on the ground framed by grass

I don’t want to sit in an expensive office or at an ergonomic desk trying to look busy between very specific hours of the day.

I don’t want someone analyzing my timesheets every week, and comparing them to my salary and how much I’ve contributed to sales.

I don’t want to wait in a meeting room, ten times a day, for the person who called the meeting in the first place.

I don’t want to share a bathroom with people who don’t wash their hands.

I don’t want the stress of going on vacation knowing that I’ll have to work twice as hard the week before and the week after to make up for it.

I don’t want to skip research because the client ‘already knows’ what people want.

I don’t want to wait in rain and snow for a late streetcar to then spend forty minutes standing and jostled by strangers, hanging onto a pole twice a day while thumbing through emails and hoping that my phone won’t die.

I don’t want to be told that someone couldn’t say no to the client, so now we just have to suffer through a week of unpaid overtime.

I don’t want to continuously answer the question, “Why can’t we just leverage the artifacts from our previous engagement?”

I don’t want to hear “let’s take this offline” or “let’s get on the same page” or “keep me honest.”

I don’t want to act like I’m in a family but know that in the end I am being judged by my fiscal performance, not my actual worth.

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Tell me I’m privileged.

Tell me I’m crazy.

Tell me that’s the price of business.

All of these things may be true.

But I still don’t ever want to work at a big company again.

Author’s note: If you think you can change my mind, here’s a link to my resume, because I’m running low on cash and my Amazon shopping list won’t pay for itself…

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Jason Theodor

is an Executive Design Leader, Speaker, Writer, Consultant who is trying to comprehend his surroundings. Find more at JasonTheodor.com