The average person spends 90,000 hours at work during their lifetime. That’s 5,400,000 minutes. 324,000,000 seconds. Work plays a large role in our lives. It is not only a source of income, but something we take part in and work towards a goal. That goal can either be internal meaning getting a promotion or raise, or external meaning providing for your family or working towards the day you can retire. In my opinion these goals have a lot to do with how happy you are at your job. After reading through the top employer companies I chose “The Boston Consulting Group”. The company deals with a lot of global relations, which I find very intriguing and interesting because it can create the opportunity to travel. There were many other perks such as fully paid sabbatical, completely paid health care, and the amount of hours of training. The training credential was a very important one to me. I know when I start a job I do not want to just be thrown into it and be overwhelmed. I found a video that had input from several different employees of BCG and the energy and positive attitude that they had about working for them was inspirational. One employee says, “Once you have the tool set the sky is the limit.” This quote automatically made me believe that they ethics and goals of BCG are genuine and they really have the best interest in mind for their employees and clients. By providing thorough training for their employees and giving them this tool set they are allowing them to strive in their careers and create a positive work attitude.
At the conclusion of this video I felt that all the employees were thrilled to be apart of the BCG maybe even lucky, but there are always two sides to a story. As I researched the company some more, I came across an interesting article from April 2010. Keith Yost I was shocked when I found an article that a BCG employee had written about their complete dissatisfaction of working for them. Everything that the video had touched upon had been completely contradicted in the article. A big theme in the video was that they do not recycle framework and they work for conclusions that no one has done before, but the employee speaks about how they stole information from competitors and force fit analysis for a conclusion. After reading all the positive characteristics of this company and watching the video “working a BCG: a life changing experience” I felt that it would be impossible to find any negative feedback about the company. I am still shocked that they offered him $16,000 just to keep his mouth shut about certain things that went on in the company. I would never want to go to work with the mindset that Keith had- of just sitting at a laptop cranking out slides that was “only accomplishing the transfer of wealth from my client to my company.” I want to be proud of the work I take part in and know that I have the right to speak up.
“Early on, before I began case work, one manager I befriended gave me some advice. To survive, he told me, I needed to remember The Ratio. 50 percent of the job is nodding your head at whatever is being said. 20 percent is honest work and intelligent thinking. The remaining 30 percent is having the courage to speak up, but the wisdom to shut up when you are saying something that your manager does not want to hear.”
“The Tech” Staff Columnist
This article was eye opening and allowed me to try to put myself in the author’s shoes. He rationalized his thought process by not wanting to make a decision that his hypothetical children would be ashamed of. This is an example of a situation that many people are put in at their places of work and the decisions that they are faced with- when they have to choose between money and their moral ethics. Its scary how one source can make a company appear so flawless when in reality their employees are extremely dissatisfied and ashamed of what they work toward everyday. Be proud of what you do during your 90,000 hours. Let me leave you with this question- will you have the courage to speak up during that 30% of the time?