3 Years in Corporate America

In June, I had my 3 year work anniversary. I can’t believe I lasted 3 years at my company. I have had many challenges, tribulations, and frustrations. But here I am, somehow surviving. I was looking through my posts about my career, and realize a lot and not a lot has changed.

We finally set it out on our own. We have our own house, we support ourselves, and don’t depend on anyone. It’s amazing! I would never go back. Even though work is not the ideal life, it beats not being independent.

In the past 3 years, I’ve learned corporate america is not for me long term. I’m already planning our financial independence from the man. I don’t know if I’ll join a small organization. Frankly, because I want us to be financially independent, I have to suck up and be where the money which right now is corporate america.

I’ve also learned politics suck. I’m being more political but I am a sucky brown noser. I can’t help it, I wear my emotions on my sleeve, and when I think someone is stupid, it’s hard to hide it.

Corporate america sucks the life out of me. I am at work from 730 to almost 530. Sometimes I leave at 5. Depends on the day. I hit the gym at work, then head home. So I end up arriving between 630-7 PM depending on traffic and when I left my desk. That is 12 hours away from home. Ouch…So much time dedicated to getting to, being at, and leaving work.

I do miss living so close to work, now I’m 30 minutes away. I don’t miss living in an apartment.

I’m living in the grind. Every week, I countdown to the weekend. I look at my calendar to check when our next paycheck is in the month. My life is starting to resemble Office Space.

Beware students getting into tons of debt. It’s not worth it. You salary won’t match it. Go to a school that has the best return of investment. Many kids don’t look at college this way, but it is the smartest way. Thankfully, I have no school debt, neither does hubby. Just don’t do it. You have been warned.


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  • So jaded already! (:
    One thing you may not know being new in your career is that it sucks a lot more now than it used to. Not sure why, but no question, it’s more confrontational, more competitive and more political than it used to be. It’s pretty rough out there. I haven’t worked for three years but I still have PTSD about some of my experiences.
    Hang in there and get done quick!
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    • There’s a ton of politics. I was actually thrown in the middle of the politics head first when I joined. My manager doesn’t really shield the individual contributors from the politics, or he’s not very effective. But honestly, he leans more towards the guys, so that might be it too. You can’t get a lot done without maneuvering strategically and everyone is very territorial over their work and always covering their butts because it always comes back to bite you when you least expect it. Hah! I have even become like that. Document everything, send out MoMs, if someone calls you over the phone, send out an email documenting what was said on the call. Don’t trust anybody because no one will speak up for you. Well very few.

  • Yep. Similar situation but in a blue collar job under the corporation’s thumb. Maybe heel is a better image. 20 years and it gets worse everyday. I cope by doing my 8 hours and not caring about anything else. I also make sure I make use of that hard earned money to make me happy, in terms of food, toys, experiences, and future retirement. Life is way more than a job unless you are one of the lucky few with an enjoyable career that brings in a ton of money as well. Those who say luck has nothing to do with it irk me because I know of a vast amount of hard working, intelligent people who can not get a break in this dog eat dog world.

    • It’s rough. Just try to live below your means and save. I know a lot of hard working people. But I also know a lot of people who overspend beyond their means.
      I grew up poor with very conservative parents, so I’m always trying to figure out how to save money.

  • “Beware students getting into tons of debt. It’s not worth it.” indeed. I often suggest people consider two ways, military service and utilizing community colleges, as ways to limit/minimize debt. The former provided me the opportunity to get my undergraduate and MBA degrees (and most of a second Masters) with no debt. With respect to community colleges, there is no requirement, or need, to attend a university all four years. A better option is to spend the first two years at a local community college; staying at home and working at least part-time. Overall it is a great way to spend less money and be more prepared. The first two years are primarily spent just taking core courses (e.g. English) and lower level specialty courses anyway.

    If students are fortunate enough to have forward looking parents that started a college savings plan (e.g. 529) when they were younger, that gives them a great advantage. Unfortunately, too many parents are financially illiterate which negatively impacts their children with regards to matters such as determining how to finance an education.
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    • Thanks SavvyJames for reading and commenting on my post! Military is a good option. Although it’s best to go in as an officer. Better experience from what I’ve heard. I had a full ride to university, so I didn’t have to go into debt.
      My little brother is going to community college for his basics (two years). And then he’ll transfer to a 4 year. So he will live at home and save money for his last two years of college.

    • My brother is staying at home and doing the first two years at a community college. He is saving up money. I’m very proud of him!

  • I have to agree with you 100%. First I was the same way I wore my emotions on my sleeve and lasted 3 years in corporate America, the third being depressed and hating every minute of it. Thankfully I found a better job in a much more rewarding career field (medical finance) and my life has taken a much better path. We are the same age, I also bought a home (10 months in) and my commute is almost the same, I am away 12 hours a day and although it kinda sucks I wouldn’t trade my home for an apartment at all. As far as college I agree, the less debt the better. I did my first two years in community college and because of the flexibility ended up taking my last two in private college and the ROI is definitely something to look into.

    • Thanks Jessica for commenting. Your insight is valuable! :) Nice to know people my age with similar goals/attitudes towards life.
      I’m getting better with my emotions. It’s turning into more of a I don’t care attitude. terrible right? But that’s how it goes. I’m also building a stronger network and I make sure to stay in touch with those great people I’m meeting at work.
      Commute sucks, but I love our own place. Our own place is a fixer upper so not everything is perfect. I’m trying to balance wants versus financial goals.

      • It is terrible but I can’t say I am surprised. A couple of my co-workers in similar conditions adopted that I don’t care attitude. My advice: network and make as many bridges as you can so when you feel like you’ve had enough you can move on to something better.

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