I’ve worked for large corporations like US Bank and Target, medium size companies like Taylor Corporation and Northern Tool + Equipment and small organizations like Concordia University. As employers, they each had their strengths and weaknesses. And how that affected my role as an employee was also unique. I try my best to stay in touch with former colleagues who have either remained or, like me, have moved on to other opportunities. Water cooler talk can sometimes lead to the mention of those old friends. “Oh, I know someone at eBay who…” or “Really? Do you know anybody at Nike?” which is often followed by “Are you looking to go there?” whisper.
In those conversations I’ve found is that the organizational issues or team dynamics that make you consider opportunities elsewhere are going to happen everywhere. Maybe it’s the outsourced or global structure your team or the lack of professional growth support from your boss? It may not be a like for like match, but they’ll rear their ugly head in some form or another everywhere.
But what if we could change that? Not chat that ugly things happen everywhere, but change that we’re surprised when they do! Let’s start by sharing those stories. Be honest about how we’re really more waterfall than agile and our offshore engineering team stinks at ABC company. Or asking our friend who works at Facebook or an old colleague who works at St. Jude Medical “What is it actually like to work there?”. Let’s create a podcast where we tell the truth. We invite guests from our networks to share their POV from their employers. We figure out some audio mixing so that our guest’s voice can be masked and they won’t feel embarrassed or nervous about sharing their story.
The podcast would cost a nominal amount to download each episode and be create bi-weekly.