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    New shoes on your first day of work at an 800-acre corporate campus are a bad idea…unless you like blisters. That was my first lesson on day one as the new Division Vice President of Social Media Marketing for a Fortune 50 retailer based in the Chicagoland area. Life has been a bit different working in Corporate America again after nearly a decade away as an entrepreneur and small business leader. Here’s how I see the differences, from my Entrepreneurial Eyes:

    Entrepreneur life vs. corporate life

    Entrepreneur Life: Brainstorming meant connecting over coffee once a month with a mastermind group (hi guys)
    vs. Corporate Life: Brainstorming happens every day in many ways with a talented group of peers, colleagues and staff I’m grateful to be a part of (thanks)

    Entrepreneur Life: If I had an issue with my laptop, I fixed it
    vs. Corporate Life: If I have an issue with my laptop, I put in an online request which submits an order to IT who then schedules time to fix it

    Entrepreneur Life: Late nights and weekends = work
    vs.  Corporate Life: Late nights and weekends = work

    Entrepreneur Life: My coffee addiction was fueled by our office Flavia machine + 2 Starbucks
    vs. Corporate Life: My coffee addiction is fueled by 2 on-site cafe’s (oh yeah)

    Entrepreneur Life: My dress code was mainly jeans and heels
    vs. Corporate Life: My dress code is full of new clothes

    Entrepreneur Life: If I needed office supplies, I walked to Office Depot and bought them (and paid for them)
    vs. Corporate Life: If I need office supplies, I send a list to an admin that orders them (and they pay for it-double yay!)

    Entrepreneur Life: For lunch I could go outside to any of the cafes or restaurants near my office
    vs. Corporate Life: For lunch…well, it’s the 2nd largest cafeteria next to the Pentagon…need I say more?

    It’s pretty damn good

    All in all, life inside Corporate America is pretty damn good. There may be more meetings, a whole lot of departments, 800 acres of buildings to find my way through (I’m still getting lost) and a plethora of names to remember – but it’s worth it.

    I’m excited to be working alongside so many intelligent professionals – something that I missed as an entrepreneur! Stay tuned as I share my journey back into the land of corporate America.

    Author:

    Adriana Llames is a master career coach and acclaimed author of “Career Sudoku: 9 Ways to Win the Job Search Game”, released with top book seller Amazon.com. She is the chief engagement officer at adrianallames communications and a highly sought after keynote speaker motivating and inspiring audiences with her high energy, focused programs on personal branding, social media and networking. For more information, visit www.adrianallames.com.

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    Adriana Llames is a master career coach and acclaimed author of “Career Sudoku: 9 Ways to Win the Job Search Game”, released with top book seller Amazon.com. She is the chief engagement officer at adrianallames communications and a highly sought after keynote speaker motivating and inspiring audiences with her high energy, focused programs on personal branding, social media and networking. For more information, visit www.adrianallames.com

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    5 comments on “Corporate America Lifestyle From An Entrepreneur’s Eye
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      Daniel Rose says:

      Nice comparison! I agree with you on the dress code. Entrepreneurs have been letting down the team for years,with their jeans and t-shirts. Suit up people, or at least wear a business shirt…

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      Marc Miller says:

      Interesting perspective. I have gone the opposite direction over the last decade. Going from a Fortune 10 business to smaller and smaller enterprises until I am a solo entrepreneur. On the surface the corporate life looks good until things turn south. I have twice been involved in major downturns at major corporations where the bloodletting was pretty ugly. The second time I was involved in selecting who was next to get laid off. A pretty miserable experience.

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      Adriana says:

      Thanks for the great comments, Daniel + Marc. Corporate America is definitely a different gravy train. The beauty is we all have control of which environment we choose.

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      steven sharp says:

      Hi Adriana,

      As I started to do research for a guest spot I will have on an upcoming radio program, my search terms returned tons of articles comparing the journey from Corporate America to entrepeneurialism, few for the reverse transition. I found your perspective interesting, but not what i was expecting. I, too, made the transition recently into Corporate America from working for a small, entrepreneurial consulting company. I love the structure, the team dynamics, interacting with my peers. How the entrepreneurial life erases boundaries between what you do for a living and who you are as a person should always be discussed when comparing and contrasting Corporate America to being an entrepreneur. I am NOT saying that you should have mentioned it:). But for me, I always would. I have a life again. I have hobbies. I leave my laptop at the office most days when I leave. Etcetera. Great article.

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