Health Comms Awards Prmoment India 30 Under 30 PRmoment Leaders PRmoment Masterclass AI in PR

The best bits about working for a big business

There are benefits of working for a small PR practice, but right now I can’t think what these are.

I am fed up with knowing everything there is to know about everyone in the company (do I really need to hear what my boss is having for dinner EVERY night?) and I am also sick of working in an office that has “character”.

In this weather I want air conditioning!

So here are the things I miss about working for a large business:

Loafing: There’s no question, in large organisations it is easier to get away with doing less. If you disappear for a few hours, you are unlikely to get the Spanish Inquisition on your return, like you do in small companies. Here everyone knows exactly what I get up to (apart from writing this column I hope).

Luxuries: Where is my office Starbucks? I have to go all the way outside to get a decent latte.

Less pitching: Life in a small agency involves a lot more pitching, because when there is new business to be won we all get involved, one way or another. I don’t want to feel responsible every time we fail, I want to point my finger and laugh!

The P word: I have said enough about pensions in this column over the years, you all know what I think. Not that I am obsessed with retiring or anything (that would be sad, as I’m never going to be able to afford to).

An IT department: Though I don’t miss having an HR department.

Training “weeks”: I only get the odd training “day” here, with the emphasis on “odd”.

More talent: No I’m not talking about ability here, it’s just pleasant having a greater variety of good looking people around you. Admittedly, being one of the ugly ones didn’t do much for my ego.

If you enjoyed this article, you can subscribe for free to our weekly event and subscriber alerts.

We have four email alerts in total - covering ESG, PR news, events and awards. Enter your email address below to find out more: