Originally Posted by nutjobb
Im 29, work as an engineer for a MN company. Worked hard to get here and I am glad of the experience.
The corporate way is wearing me down though: long hours, excessive meetings that everyone tries to talk for the sake of talking, lazy people getting more credit than hard workers, the politics etc. and so I am considering moving to something a bit more easy going, with less money.
I think the whole pandemic will change peoples attitude towards work in general.
How happy are you with your career? Do you regret staying one place too long/too little? Sacrifice too much family time for work? are you planning on going a different direction or simply just happy to have a job in the current climate?
Im a PM and as you can imagine, that takes a lot of meetings to get agreements and stuff done.
But I absolutely hate them for the reasons you mention. So typically my style is to prepare a deck, literally blast through the the agenda and send out a detailed email with actions afterwards or if I feel there is little discussion to be had, I will scrap the meeting and send an email update. From the moment it kicks off, no small talk and just get on with it.
My weekly checkpoints etc would only last 20 minutes and daily stand ups about 5 minutes.
I trust all the people on the project teams to know how to get **** done as they are the experts in their particular areas and that they are comfortable to raise any issues if necessary.
Worked Big4 previously and my god the meetings were absolutely soul destroying resulting in far too many late evenings working. Seemed to be too many meetings for the sake of being seen to be doing something without actually doing anything. The politics was horrible. Similar to another poster, I ended up working on a building site in Civil Works for a year after that particular role to reset myself and clear the head.
Being an Introvert, I'm much happier working this way and so are my colleagues.