I have worked in a Corporate environment for over 25 years. I love my job almost every day. Today was not one of them.
When you work in technology, if the systems are working nobody calls. If the systems aren’t working, everyone calls. It’s quite the career choice I see. Every day I lead people and I am able to motivate them and make the connection for them that what they do is important to the business and to the people who count on our company. We touch our customers over 700 million times a year and process millions of transactions every single day of the year.
When everything goes right…quiet. When ONE thing goes wrong, phones ring, people complain, and emergency meetings are called. It’s exciting, exhilarating, and challenging. When the stars align and the systems work, it is quite satisfying to reflect on the great teamwork that made it possible. And even when there are problems, I can (almost) always see the opportunity to bring together a group of bright people and solve it.
Today, hearing one too many times how things need to get better… I started to think corporate technology jobs just stink. Of course things need to get better. That is life in a corporate environment. But realistically, I know that everyone thinks technology should be faster, cheaper, and more reliable. Nobody ever says “geez, that technology is too cheap, please charge me more…and by the way stop making it so fast, it used to be fine until you sped things up”.
I did give my speech at our team event and highlight all the accomplishments and thank the team. That part of the day went well. And I didn’t fall off the stage like the last time 🙂
No one in the crowd of hundreds knew that just for today I think my job stinks. Maybe tomorrow I won’t think it anymore.