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Old 06-21-2006, 06:14 PM   #41
 
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My first thought was this is a CHP. Then I realized everything is spelled correctly!

Actually, I spell my best when I've had a few. - Never could spell. - If I've had a few, I have enough sense to use a spell checker.
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Re: Working for a Mega Corp sounds interesting, am I nuts?
Old 06-21-2006, 07:23 PM   #42
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If I've had a few, I have enough sense to use a spell checker.
I was at a military board the other day where the software includes a spellcheck button and the moderators (at least one in particular) are vicious spelling & grammar authoritarians. Sort of a "last bastion of liberty & literacy" attitude.

I bet Dory could have a lot of fun customizing a spellchecker for this board...
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Ok forget the little guy part... So you're at a Tech Firm... Accounting, marketing, HR, etc are all HUGE parts of the company, no ? Without marketing your product goes no where, sold to no one. No one knows about your product/services/etc...

Is that like having a huge engine, but square wheels, or no brakes? Don't you need a WHOLE company? You can't judge a car just by the big roaring engine right? The other parts that connect to it all matter?
HR can be outsourced, and it was right after I left my last job (not related to my leaving). I have never experienced outsourced HR, but my opinion of in-house HR isn't that high either. Trying to get an unequivocal answer out them is like pulling teeth.

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[One potential mega-corp advantage is that being just a small cog in the operation, you might find it possible to spend a significant amount of time crusing the web and researching FIRE topics while getting paid for it.]

I concur 100%* * Do what ya have to do to maintain the status quo and no one will question your ability or integrity.

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I'm sometimes amazed at the sheer brain power contained in these RE threads....

I do concur on the outsourcing trend.* I work for a very large mega-corporation and the IT strategy is just that:* IT will eventually be 100% focused on delivering on business strategy --> period.* All else will be outsourced.* Our infrastructure group (the largest expense hog) was outsourced to a blue company which has already started to employ economies of scale with matching the newly absorbed group and in it's own organizational structure.* It's all about business at the end of the day.*
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Re: Working for a Mega Corp sounds interesting, am I nuts?

Oh yeah...IT...one other piece of advice when going to work for a mega corp.

In a job like IT (and I ran about a third of the IT shop for a megacorp for a while), your greatest upside in performing your job is that nobody notices. You will get dinged for outages, late programs and projects, products and services that dont meet peoples expectations. You will very rarely get a pat on the back for 452 consecutive days with no outages

Make sure the positive outcome of your job is noticeable, and while cost savings and vague productivity boosts are pleasing to the ear, they dont measure up when it comes time to measure your performance.

I was made painfully aware of this when doing a group review session. It was for a weird classification, a very high end technical, non program managing individual contributor. Generally people at this grade level were second line managers or ran big programs. We just didnt have very many around, and not enough to do a full session, so we consolidated some other divisions. The guy I represented did awesome work, it was essential to the business and nobody else could have done a better job than he did. The other guys from the other divisions engineered products that made the company billions of dollars or created manufacturing processes that increased yields by 30% and created more billions.

I figured I'd be getting some top dollars for the guy I represented, and I didnt do badly for him, but the stark contrast was very enlightening.
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