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7 Reasons to Not Work in a Corporate Job

Ara is a Journalism graduate from California State University Northridge who is always looking to explore his writing opportunities.

Why should we write about the reasons to not work in a corporate job?

For many people once they graduate from college with their degree in hand and ready to enter the work world, they go into a job with a company and usually work from 9 am to 5 pm or sometimes longer depending on the workload of the day. Being frustrated with Corporate America has been the motivation to write about why a corporate job is not always the best place for us to work. This article is based upon my experience since I worked for Countrywide now Bank of America because it has been bought out by them.

Note: when this article was first composed, there were initially three reasons listed to not work in Corporate America but it is necessary to expand upon the topic and really try to bring across some other reasons why a corporate job may not be a good fit for many of us. As of August 2020, here are now 7 reasons to consider not working in a corporate job and they are listed in no particular order of importance.

Reason #1: You Can Be Laid Off At Any Time

The main reason why a corporate job is not necessarily the best place to work is because you can be laid off at a moment’s notice without any warning. Imagine being the employee that always arrives on time with a great attitude ready to work only to be told one morning by your manager or boss that you have to be let go because of company financial difficulties. That has happened to many of us during our working careers especially me. You can be laid off from your corporate job at any time because many states have “at will” employment.

To elaborate on this point further, author Sarah Vermunt in her 2017 book Careergasm Find your way To Feel-Good Work writes that “Career security is like a mirage – you see it shimmering in the distance, but it’s not really there.”[1] Many of us have been there and experienced that and it can be like a shock to our systems.

[1]Sarah Vermunt, Careergasm Find your way to Feel-Good Work (Libertyville, IL: Bright & Happy Books LLC), 2017. 131.

Another Reason Why Layoffs Occur And What Some People Are Doing About It

Reason 1A for a Layoff

You can consider this next part as a sort of mini-reason for the first reason. Whether you have been working for the company for 2 years or 20 years, a layoff at a private sector job is very likely especially in fields that are very cyclical in nature. This is especially true with the mortgage and real estate industries where their success is based upon how the national economy is doing. In great economic times when people are buying property and the company is doing well financially, you will always have a job. A 2013 study conducted by Forbes Magazine shows that 2 million people in the US quit their corporate job every month. For many people the idea of being their own boss (another way to describe self-employment) is the better choice. This is because they want to run a business in their way.

Working In Corporate America

Most of us have to be prepared to go on job hunting at the drop of a hat as corporations are always downsizing in order to save money.

Most of us have to be prepared to go on job hunting at the drop of a hat as corporations are always downsizing in order to save money.

Main Reason For Layoffs: Bad Economic Times

But when economic times get sour as is the case now, layoffs tend to be massive in nature.

This is life and if you work in the private sector, the chance of a layoff is really, really high and you almost cannot escape that.

Corporate jobs can lead to stress and burnout.

Corporate jobs can lead to stress and burnout.

Reasons 2 and 3: Stress And Too Much Office Politics

Another reason why corporate jobs are not the best jobs to work at is because they have high levels of stress involved. Also there is too much office politics and other stuff going on in the background that employees may not notice.

There are people known as phonies in these jobs

This reason may not have crossed your mind but in the corporate world, there are people there that aren’t really there to work and they are not genuine people that have your best interest in mind. These people have a tendency to fool around at work with their silly antics or they laugh at jokes which are not even funny. I worked with a person like this at my last corporate job.

You are not in charge of how the company functions

When you work in a corporate job, you have no control over your career or how the company functions. The company itself will look after its own health, longevity, and profit margins. As an employee, you actually have little say over how the company should be run.

Money is the main objective for a corporation

This is another obvious reason to consider not working in a corporate office kind of job. Companies don’t care about you personally or about saving the world or making a difference in the lives of others. The bottom line is profit and this was especially true for Countrywide Financial Corporation.

Reason for not wanting to work in a corporate job

Loss of Freedom

This reason is a rather interesting one and author Filip Syta on the website Lifehack offers a very interesting perspective that some of us may not have been aware of. He says: “You don’t want to be a millionaire – you want to live like one.”[2] This reason seems like a philosophical one but it does hold some truth to it because working for a company as an employee will not make you rich.

Second Footnote

[2] Filip Syta, “Lifehack.org.” Accessed on August 4, 2020, https://www.lifehack.org/346252/5-reasons-why-you-should-quit-your-corporate-job-right-now.

Do You Still Want to Work In a Corporate Job?

If you have no idea what to do with your life yet and need work experience, then you can consider working a corporate job. But unless you really feel like working in a bank or some other corporate job, I would suggest not working a corporate job unless you are desperate for any job and need to make the cash. A non-corporate job would be better than working in a corporate job. But in spite of the advice given in this article, if you still decide to work in a corporate job, be aware that you will face lots of stress, competition and lack of job security. Good luck in whatever job you decide to get and may you be successful at it. Those of you that wish to become freelance writers should be aware that it is really difficult for most freelance writers to make a living on their writing alone. This is one of the reasons why many people must support themselves by working in another field.

Note: it is now 2021 and the advice given in this article is the perspective of one person only. If you are unsure or anxious about working in a corporate job, know that you are not alone.


Sarah Vermunt, Careergasm Find your way to Feel-Good Work (Libertyville, IL: Bright & Happy Books LLC), 2017. 131.

Syta, Filip. “Lifehack.org.” Accessed on August 4, 2020. https://www.lifehack.org/346252/5-reasons-why-you-should-quit-your-corporate-job-right-now

© 2017 Ara Vahanian


Dominique Cantin-Meaney from Montreal, Canada on December 29, 2019:

These are definitely good points. Good reasons to want to avoid corporations.

Ara Vahanian (author) from LOS ANGELES on January 11, 2017:

Yes, that is actually true because I experienced this for myself as well. The corporate world is very cut throat. I was not making very much money at my last corporate job. There are so many requirements for these kinds of jobs and often times the salary does not match the workload. What are people supposed to do these days? I guess we have to try and find out ways to be self-sufficient. Thanks for commenting.

Rjones26 on January 11, 2017:

Require so much work for so little amount of money

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