Why Is Working For A Corporation So Awful?

Except for start-ups in Silicon Valley that let you use scooters indoors, it has come to be common wisdom that corporations are horrible places to work. It shouldn’t be like this. A regular salary with benefits in an environment that puts you in constant touch with other humans shouldn’t cause misery, but in reality corporate work is one of the most soul-destroying activities you can do. Why?

1. It makes you helpless. The knowledge that you can be laid off, transferred, or snubbed at any time makes you feel like you have no say in your destiny. You’re at the mercy of the invisible bureaucracy, of layers of people who have control over your livelihood and the final say on your future.

2. It makes you fake. When a stripper goes to work, and has to give lap dances to fat men for money, she puts on a smile and pretends that she’s enjoying it. You do the same when you have to work in a corporation. You put on a fake smile and adopt a shielding personality to deal with people you would never choose to deal with in your spare time. This levies a significant blow to your self-identity.

3. You have to deal with Human Resources. Promiscuous women who graduated with a bogus degree now got you by the balls. Assuming you get through their dating interview process, you still have to comply with their rules and regulations, and you must be cheerful when they pimp slap you for stepping out of line or suffer one of their 90-day probations where you have to supplicate to their whims. You have to be alpha with your work but beta and subservient to the HR gals and all your other insufferable coworkers. Otherwise you’ll be written up and punished like you were in elementary school.

4. It makes you do things you hate. Your day-to-day tasks involve doing what makes the corporation money, not what you want to do with your life. The odds that a corporate position perfectly matches your passions are just about zero. Enjoy all the meetings, the Kaizen training, the diversity seminar, and the writing of TPS reports.

5. You receive low pay. You’ll never make as much as you bring in. Once Uncle Sam takes his cut, and you account for commuting,  you’ll always be selling yourself short. When your yearly review comes, you have to beg like a dog for a 4% raise that barely keeps up with inflation by telling your master all the wonderful things you did in the past year that made the company money. It’s humiliating.

The answer to this sad existence is to start your own business. It’s a tough challenge that will take time until you start bringing in income, but you’ll work on your own terms, control your destiny, be able to choose your customers, and not have to work with ditzy women who have power over you. Most importantly, you’ll be able to follow your passion. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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WallStreetPlayboys
7 years ago

While the overall message is true for “average” jobs starting in a competitive field has significant advantages.

Ex: finance/management consulting/law

You get killed for a couple of years but you learn what hard work really is. Then your debt is gone. Then you realize… If I put this much effort into a business….

If you’re working 9-5 getting paid nothing, move on.

Finance Finance
Finance Finance
6 years ago

What a load of tosh. Unless you are a revenue generator i.e analyst, PM etc. you don’t make much in finance. And revenue generators are just 1% of the entire industry, You have averagely intelligent people trying to prance around acting important when they know, they are dispensable, disposable and don’;t matter AT ALL. Maybe you are some hot shot revenue generator on Wall Street. Law is a joke and with Management Consulting you can only go so far and your pay starts to stagnate.

OldHornDog
OldHornDog
7 years ago

Worked for several small, mid, and large corporations in Silicon Valley until about the year 2000 – sucked the life out of me to say the least. That indoor scooter may be nice but you still have to put up with the hypocrisies and indignities of corporate culture. I frankly hated every single day of it – couldn’t wait to get out and do my own thing.

As a side note – the food culture they try to force upon everyone is one of the other characteristics of cubicle life I absolutely despised. Almost every single fucking day they schlepped in pizza, cakes, cookies, everything but a friggin’ vegetable. That was supposed to be one of the selling point when they hired you – all that free food. In reality they just didn’t want you to leave the office – it’s cheaper for them to have you snarf up cheap empty calories (that will make you fat) in front of your screen while you are working.

And don’t get me started on those sanctimonious conceited bitches who are running HR – unless you’ve experienced it it’s hard to believe they let those cows roam free. Suffice to say I got canned several times for speaking my mind.

Fast forward a decade – now I run my own online business and happily live in Spain – so much more content here and life is cheaper! Not on the worst day would I ever go back to working for corporate America – it’s slow death.

fastandbulbus
fastandbulbus
4 years ago
Reply to  OldHornDog

spot on about HR…another Toxic layer that is a complete waste of revenue, yet they are always getting training and are given the best office space… they are rewarded for producing nothing, always at lunch or in “Important meetings” they think they are upper management, hence their arrogant strutting
And these women decide if your a “good fit” for the bullshit culture they benefit from….WTF
The only way to get past these insufferable stone walls is to mirror their vanity, tell them they are wonderful and beautiful , what a waste of Human existence……..Vulture Culture

K
K
7 years ago

Starting a business is not realistic for most people. Corporate life is soul-crushing because our generation has unrealistic expectations.

Buck Lowery
Buck Lowery
5 years ago
Reply to  K

I get it. Expect to be miserable and then there won’t be a problem.

Ape In A Suit
Ape In A Suit
3 years ago
Reply to  K

Which “unrealistic expectations” are you speaking about ?

HCE
HCE
7 years ago

I would start my own business, but my country will punish me for even trying. I’m not kidding. As soon as I have founded a business, I have to make monthly payments to the government for “pension and health contributions”, even if my profit is 0 – and even if my REVENUE is 0! Seeing how most businesses aren’t earning much during their starting phases, you can see what a noose around an entrepreneur’s neck it is.

Da Mac
Da Mac
3 years ago
Reply to  HCE

Let me guess: Germany?

47f274a3faaf
47f274a3faaf
7 years ago

This is mostly applicable to being Joe Average at Megacorp. If you have leverage by way of high demand skills, or are at a small private company, it’s really not necessarily like this.

Mike Doe
7 years ago

Even working in an average soul crushing job you’ve described, wouldn’t living frugally, learning how to politic and setting up side investments let people leave this job and get another one that isn’t as well paid but more fulfilling within a decade or so?

My take is that people fill the void of these jobs by blowing their money on distractions, then once they realize they’ve been squandered their potential wealth it’s already too late. They’ve been laid off or they’re so close to their pension that they “can’t possibly leave now.”

If it’s possible, why not game the system? A common trope in the manosphere is how the average population don’t want to work hard. They feel entitled. They also have probably never sat down to plan out where their life is heading and consistently review it monthly.

Surely, it could be done with the correct mindset. It would just take work.

Jack Daniels
Jack Daniels
4 years ago
Reply to  Mike Doe

Pension? Hahahaha

A
A
7 years ago

Yeah this is true for average jobs, but when you graduate from somewhere like Oxford you can pick and choose from most any competitive jobs in a field which you’re passionate about.

It’s not possible for most of the people who read your blog cause let’s face it they went to shit universities, but for the few that actually worked hard in their youth to graduate from somewhere really prestigious the concept of working a meaningless corporate job does not exist (as long as you have your wits about you).

AP
AP
4 years ago
Reply to  A

just because you worked hard doesn’t mean you’ll get into Oxford…plenty of valedictorians who were captains of their sports teams and whatever else is necessary now to be “competitive” college applicants get into those top rated schools. Add on top of that the obstacles of funding yourself for the tuition levels of those top notch schools. It’s easy for rich kids who can “buy” their way into top notch schools to be so out of touch with the everyday person who actually probably worked harder, but end up with less opportunities. This is also why many middle managers are to blame for the deterioration of the corporate structure- there’s not sense of empathy or real talent in managing people.

JC
JC
3 years ago
Reply to  AP

well, I know plenty of people working for investment banks as traders, risk analysts and software developers, and they certainly didn’t “buy” their way to prestigious schools.

I went to a British university, so I know in the first hand that there is no way anyone can buy their way into Oxford/Cambridge, unlike the Ivy League universities in the U.S. where it accepts alumni donation as a way in for their kids to get into them…

AP
AP
4 years ago
Reply to  A

don’t get into those schools*

Jack Daniels
Jack Daniels
4 years ago
Reply to  A

Let me correct you’re arrogant baloney. You didn’t mean “work hard in their youth”, you meant “had rich parents with connections”

Da Mac
Da Mac
3 years ago
Reply to  Jack Daniels

The rich are working hard in the U.S. to commoditize everything so even their dumb children have all the doors thrown open ahead of them…

greenlander
greenlander
7 years ago

Like OldHornDog, I did my tour of duty in Silicon Valley. It’s exactly how they describe it. There’s a veneer of “we’re so cool” with free food, casual dress, riding your scooter in the hallway and bringing your dog to work. But that crap doesn’t really matter, and after that it’s no different from working for some insurance company in the midwest.

The worst part was after I became a manager. California state law requires all managers to receive eight hours of “sexual harassment training” every two years. My God, I hated that. Every time it came up I didn’t go when I was supposed to, and didn’t do it until my manager or HR called me out on it. My God, I’d rather to get a root canal.

Almost exactly one year ago I left the United States. I do consulting work for guys I built relationships with while I was in Silicon Valley. I am presently living in Russia. I get up when I want, I take days off when I want, I say what I want. I just get my work done and it’s all good. Racking up “face time” is no longer of any relevance.

I should have done it sooner. If you ain’t the lead dog, the view never changes.

Jack Daniels
Jack Daniels
4 years ago
Reply to  greenlander

Right on.

Ruxman
7 years ago

A lot of people aren’t creative, they get a job in which they trade time for money as a result. This is so common that even creative people have followed suit by influence or social conditioning.

Creative people need to break the rules, otherwise they end up in the corporate world where they will suffer the most as they’re aren’t wired for that type of work.

AlmostAnonymous
AlmostAnonymous
7 years ago

HCE,

Who says you have to start a business inside the US? Look what greenlander did.

Become an economic refugee. Go elsewhere where hard work is rewarded. You’ll have to move outside your comfort zone, but it’ll be worth it.

Jason
Jason
7 years ago

I started out working class and attended a regional state university, earning excellent grades. I thought this was my best option to the middle class. Where did I get such an idea? After trying to shop such a degree around major and minor metros, I was only able to land very low level jobs. I am now stuck back in my home town where fat moms with no degree period get the office jobs with benefits. My lifestyle is minimal and I could live like a king on such a job, but that is a no go. I am stuck competing for jobs I worked straight out of high school, but having to disguise that I have degrees and a brain in order to fit in at this level too. At the moment, I am implementing the Captain Capitalism plan, but coming old age and poverty worry me. When the time comes, I may have to work up the courage to off the self, while these fat moms such public tax coin for benefits & salary in their unneeded jobs. I hope Rome burns.

madmax
madmax
7 years ago

spot on, man. I would not have any other ways too. My business went well for 3 years and now it’s sucking cock, really bad. But I still could never revert to work for someone else. The downside is that you really are on your own. If it works, it’s great, if it doesn’t, you are done for

Horatio
Horatio
3 years ago
Reply to  madmax

Just reading the humorous and sad commentaries here. Just reading these makes me uncomfortable, yet I worked for corporate shops and had my own business as well where I had to contend with employees who would steal or threaten to sue you. Have a graduate degree from a top-rated school and tried for years to obtain a govt job. Pre-screening with tests and essays took two to three hours to finish. Then the interview was with a panel of three interviewers who gave rapid fire questions one after another. I was never politically correct I guess, and I retired from it all finally. Obviously, I never figured it all out.

doug
doug
7 years ago

i worked for Glaxo Smith Kline for a year. easily the worst working year of my life. clocked in every morning to a gated compounded that felt like prison.. complete with a staff cafeteria to ensure you didnt leave the area for a good 9 hours. horrible backstabbing culture, smiling as you carry out mind numbing tasks locked in rooms with soul dead people, some of whom had worked in that exact place for 30 years. horrible..

Finance Finance
Finance Finance
6 years ago
Reply to  doug

Oh my god that sounds like my current company. They are everything I don’t want to be.

madmax
madmax
7 years ago

ah ah Roosh I think you’ll like this
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUq_T_Bhau8

Anonymous
Anonymous
7 years ago

this is not true at all. Maybe if you suck and have no unique skills and are just jow aerage cog. You do have the choice to pick something you love, be very talented and skilled at, be in high demand as well as build and be valued by a company – its not like your forced to do all of this shit. I agree lowe and mid level people with universal skills just serve a purpose of plug and play but get serious dude – if you are smart and telented the company will want you and make things awesome for you!

Jack Daniels
Jack Daniels
4 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Highborn smoke blower comment.

madmax
madmax
7 years ago

Bobby Brown (Frank Zappa)

Oh God I am the american dream
I do not think Im too extreme
An Im a handsome sonofabitch
Im gonna get a good job n be real rich

(get a good
Get a good
Get a good
Get a good job)

Womens liberation
Came creepin across the nation
I tell you people I was not ready
When I fucked this dyke by the name of freddie
She made a little speech then,
Aw, she tried to make me say when
She had my balls in a vice, but she left the dick
I guess it’s still hooked on, but now it shoots too quick

Oh God I am the american dream
But now I smell like vaseline
An Im a miserable sonofabitch
Am I a boy or a lady…i don’t know which

ah ah Roosh this is THE perfect song about all you dislike

John Rambo
John Rambo
7 years ago

Corporations and the office environment in general are quite toxic for men. It requires you to become a pathetic beta male just to survive in that politically correct atmosphere.

Now that college degrees have become basically worthless, best choice is for men to learn some trade like electrician, plumbing, repairman, etc. The benefits are, you will always be in need, since people will always need repairmans, plumbers, electricians, etc, and generally you’d be working around other men. And you’d probably end up making just as much money as you would working an office job, anyway.

So yea, let the stupid bitches waste their life getting their dumbass psychology, sociology, and feminist degrees, because in the end, they will end up unemployed, and 50,000 dollars or more in debt. Best if we men avoid college since it is a useless waste of time anyway, and go get some real world training and knowledge which we can use in real world and useful professions. Get a MAN’s job, and you won’t have to deal with all this feminist/PC bullshit.

erm
erm
7 years ago

Roosh,

First, disclosure: I am a smartass. And I’m currently drunk, because it is Friday.

Second, what you wrote about the corporation and strippers is sublime. I know that because I once worked for the corporation, and quit, and have got to know a few strippers in my time. And yes the parallel is perfect.

Third, you Roosh want to be LOVED like every man does. Yes we all watch tail but what we all want is the LOVE of a beautiful woman. We don’t just want to fuck, we want to be loved and to love. I think you should address this in your blogs, or reply to me and tell me I’m right. Because deep down Roosh I know you cry at night, you want tits and vagina because you want to be close to someone. This Bang shit isn’t really you. You want wife and kids in the home that you made, quit crying into your drink and your whore and tell me yes man you are right.

John Rambo
John Rambo
7 years ago

PS. After reading all of the comments here, I’d just like to add:

To all of you guys trying to justify working in a corporate/office type of environment, please excuse most of us. Most of us never got the chance to go some high profile university like Yale or Princeton or Harvard. Also please excuse most of us, since most of us are just “halfwits” since we can’t function properly in such an artificial atmosphere.

Frankly, I found the arrogance and elitist tone of a couple of the commenters here to be pretty disgusting.

ap
ap
4 years ago
Reply to  John Rambo

I completely agree…what is sad is that they are most like the middle managers who create the environment of hell in corporate America. Thanks to their “lucrative University degrees” that their parents paid for them to get- I find that many managers who came from such an elitist background are so out of touch with the average employee they manage and this is a huge problem with management in Corporate America now.

Anonymousagain
Anonymousagain
7 years ago

I might be stepping on some toes with this, but the massive influx of women in higher education and the workforce has amounted to nothing but a huge sink of productivity and creativity. In these days, it seems normal to throw away the babies, but retain the bathwater. Think of grade school, college, graduate school, corporate life.

Some here ask ‘why not game the system’? It’s not worth the effort. For us men, there are only three options for the future: 1. go your own way, 2. try to unite with similar-minded people and give the system the finger, and 3. be a corporate ‘galley slave’ completely subjugated by legions of irrational HR women.

“Now listen to me, all of you. You are all condemned men. We keep you alive to serve this ship. So row well, and live.” – Quintus Arrius, Ben Hur (1959)

John Rambo
John Rambo
7 years ago

At #18, ERM.

I think you’ll need to go do your Magnolia fantasy of “psychologically dismantling a PUA” crap somewhere else.

Yea, we men want love and a good woman. Good women no longer exist in America and the Western world, UK, Canada, Australia. If you’re a man and looking for a long term relationship with a woman, get a woman from East Europe, Russia, South America, Asia, India, or whatever. Anywhere EXCEPT the USA, Canada, UK, and Australia.

Anonymous
Anonymous
7 years ago

Am I the only one that works somewhere with all male HR? haven’t seen any problems, so might be something to look for in a corporate overlord
course this is in wood products, so there is a masculine bent to the whole organization

John Rambo
John Rambo
7 years ago

Welcome to the new new new new new world order, nWo 4 life, caused it’s just TOO DAMN SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Juqm94sUV_E

Kobayashi
Kobayashi
7 years ago

More than one way to skin a cat my dude, Not everyone has the innate ability to venture out and become an entrepreneur or start their own business. Considering we’re the “instant” generation I bet you 99% of the cheerleaders don’t have the gusto to put in the work to start and run a successful business.

Aurini
7 years ago

The worst part of the corporations I’ve worked for is that they value obedience over productivity; you aren’t even able to get the satisfaction of doing a good job, of having made a difference in the world at the end of the day.

Working at a fast food restaurant sucks, but at least you’re giving people something they want (I worked at subway as a kid, it’s fairly healthy); at the corporation you get into major trouble for pointing out that the hoops you’re jumping through are utterly pointless, and a decently-crafted program could replace everybody on the floor.

Sometimes I wonder if we’ve hit post-scarcity and the corporations are designated make-work to keep the proles in line.