It's been almost a year since I started penning down my rants and I have to say it's been an eventful period thence ... I went through a job hunting spree, got myself a rather unusual job, turned into a coke addict (its the coca cola one I am referring to by the way), settled in, went from one client in a month to twelve in ten months and at the moment am at the peak of what I'd like to define as an excellent role.
Why an excellent role? It's because I have every aspect outlined in here that I could ever want in a job - I am free to indulge in creative moments, I handle a large team and that too autonomously, I have flexible working hours, and it feels great to walk into an office that’s perpetually bubbling with thoughts and ideas, all geared up to make the next big breakthrough campaign.
True it's not a regular safe job, its erratic in terms of work hours, its not at all great where money is concerned, its immensely pressurizing in terms of being a client facing role, but at the end of the day when I see my team's efforts or my efforts build into something supremely successful, it completely wipes out the negatives.
It's one of the best company cultures that I have ever experienced. It's young, it's vibrant and it's absolutely action-packed. The people whom I work with, are people I actually look forward to meeting daily and every morning and not once till date have I felt any animosity towards them. Of course there are some special characters but then they actually add spice to the entire play rather than ruining the effect.
Some of the women that I have met in this office are phenomenal and I have to say I am so glad I know them (we are a female-dominated company). The guys are so packed with humour and wit that any and every problem seems trivial when they make a joke out of it. Be it content, execution, business development, design or management, the teams are fabulous at it all and am proud to actually be a part of their circle.
Not everything is hunky dory though - there are some elements which are very much uncool and quite like the typical mentality that Indian offices run on like for example, some of the bosses think that we (i.e. the various executives) are part of a mass-production exercise, hence work can be churned out like machines irrespective of the hour/day of the week. Executives have no such thing as a weekend and there's no such thing as 'paid' overtime (although when it comes to pay scales, there are half-days and late marks taken into consideration) and to top all that employees are expected to look into areas beyond their job role as a way of creating 'company-wide' impact (in other words, for free).
Over and above though, there is one gift that I have received thanks to the role I am in and it;s something which John O'Donahue describes beautifully -
“Once the soul awakens, the search begins and you can never go back. From then on, you are inflamed with a special longing that will never again let you linger in the lowlands of complacency and partial fulfillment. The eternal makes you urgent. You are loath to let compromise or the threat of danger hold you back from striving toward the summit of fulfillment.”