An Ode to Working for the Right Company (MNC or Startup)

Take a look at Twitter, and you will see never-ending debates on whether startups or MNCs are the best.

Having worked in both, here are my 2 cents.

MNCs or established, large companies might be the better option for you if you want:

  • Higher pay: Big companies are willing to pay the best of the best for talent
  • Better job security: They have been in the business for a longer time and are more stable
  • Well equipped work space: They have the money to invest in the best tools and resources needed for upgrading your work
  • Better perks: Health benefits, freebies

Cons:

  • Office politics: This was the worst part for me.
  • Feeling undervalued: There are a lot of employees, and it is practically impossible for the higher order to listen to everyone. Your opinions or inputs tend to be given less importance.
  • Not flexible: Most of the companies want you to stick to their rules. Employees are rarely consulted on what *they* want.

Startups or smaller companies might be the better option if you want:

  • More job satisfaction: The pride you feel when your company is growing is unmatched. You played a role in it, and that is a huge achievement.
  • Less office politics
  • A tightly-knit workspace where everyone is easily reachable including the CEO
  • A job where you are valued

Cons:

  • Lesser pay: Small companies can hardly compete with MNCs when it comes to offering the best pay package
  • High pressure: Lots of work, less work-life balance
  • Cash-strapped: Hardly any freebies; access only to those tools that are absolutely essential for your work

Of course, this does not apply to all the MNCs and Startups out there. Each one is different. But from my experience, this is what I have encountered.

Honestly, I feel everyone should try both at least once to see what it is like.

Then go the Marie Kondo way perhaps – choose the one that sparks joy.

To finish this off, posting a snippet I saw on Quora. It made me smile.

Job Satisfaction

An Ode to Reading Without Eye Strain

Kindle and Hot Chocolate
Kindle Love. Photo by Adrienne Andersen on Pexels

It goes without saying that our screen time has doubled (maybe even tripled) after COVID-19 induced lockdowns and quarantines. All that time indoors has made us reach for our devices. So it is not surprising when studies indicate our eye problems have worsened in the last one year or so.

For someone who is working in the field of Information Technology, spending a lot of time staring at the screen is nothing new.

But there is another problem – I love reading.

Physical copies are expensive, and there was a storage problem at home, so I had resorted to using the Kindle app. It was highly convenient. I loved it. But then the eye strain began. Dryness and a heavy feeling above my eyelid. I knew this was happening because of all the phone reading, because when I stopped, the discomfort would subside.

I realized it was time to finally invest in a Kindle.

For someone who loved reading so much, why didn’t I pick up a popular e-reader like the Kindle sooner?

  • I am frugal. I don’t buy something unless I am absolutely convinced that it would add some kind of value to my life. The reason why I wasn’t convinced is the next point.
  • I never knew Kindle was anti-glare & easy-on-the-eyes. All I heard from fellow readers was about its space-efficiency. Yes, storage was a problem at home, but that was not a serious concern for me, which leads us to the third point.
  • I was ignorant. I did not know the benefits of using a Kindle. I did not bother looking too much into it, because a) it wasn’t cheap b) mentioned in the next point.
  • I was truly happy with my Kindle app. Everything a Kindle could do, my Kindle app was able to do perfectly. The app could even highlight in colors, something the Kindle device could not do. So why even bother?

I am sure there are more, but these are the reasons at the top of my head.

A couple of days back, I finally succumbed and got this Kindle.

In just a day, my eye strain considerably reduced. I do not feel any heaviness or pain. I think I even shed a few happy tears over how relaxed my eyes feel now.

A few reasons why I got the Kindle Oasis.

  • I initially thought of getting the basic model. But through some research, I realized it is best to invest in an e-reader that offers at least 300 ppi resolution (for sharp text). The basic Kindle model has 167 ppi.
  • I thought of going for the Paperwhite next. This model generally has the best reviews. It was a close call, but what made me finally get the Oasis was the a) warm, adjustable light b) the page buttons c) a fantastic Amazon Prime Day sale!

I find the warm light really helpful & relaxing for night time reading. The page buttons are okay, but I would have been fine even without them. That said, if there wasn’t a sale going on, I would have gone for the Paperwhite.

An investment for the eyes. That’s how I would prefer to look at it.

An Ode to Tata Nano Owners

Tata Nano
A Family Adventure with Tata Nano. Picture Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

When the Tata Nano came out, I remember looking at the owners in awe.

They had the guts to own the cheapest car in India.

Society doesn’t treat you well when they know you haven’t paid a huge sum for something – be it a car, house, TV, anything.

Nano owners knew that – “Yes this is a cheap car. My relatives, friends and family might gossip behind my back. But guess what? It doesn’t matter!

Similarly, ever told someone that you plan on buying a studio apartment? Try and gauge their reaction to see how deeply embedded materialism is. 

You need a high level of emotional stability and strength to own something that isn’t a status symbol. Most are only talk “I don’t give a f***” but Nano owners truly proved it with their actions! They really didn’t give a f***.

Their only wish was to transport themselves and their family from point A to B in a new car they can truly call their own.

No other frills.

Plain and simple.

It is another thing that Tata Nano did not live up to its expectations because of the cheap material used, resulting in its downfall. It was discontinued in April 2019.

Nevertheless, because of Tata Nano, I came to admire this different group of people and their persona.

If you are/were a Tata Nano owner, hats off to you! For showing everyone around how comfortable you’re in your own skin, without the need to prove a point to anyone.

An Ode to Learning from Other People’s Mistakes

The cheapest way to learn is by analyzing other people’s mistakes.

True, sometimes you need to make your own mistakes. It is only then that the lesson sticks to you. But that can get quite expensive, in terms of time and capital. This is why I feel, more than success stories, you need to observe and learn from other people’s failures. They teach you a lot, with no damages incurred.

I love going through Quora and Reddit. Back in the day, we used to have Yahoo! Answers. You get to learn from the insightful answers given by users who truly want to help you out without any monetary gain.

I happened to stumble upon a Reddit thread today. It was titled “What common thing screams “I make poor financial choices?”

I am attaching screenshots below with some personal finance mistakes to ponder upon. Some of the replies are witty. I am including them just for smiles!

Getting another pet when you are not financially ready

Poor Financial Choices #1
Personal Finance Blunders #1

Rolling car payments into your next car

Personal Finance Blunders #2
Personal Finance Blunders #2

Buying expensive infant/baby/toddler clothes

Poor Financial Choices #1
Personal Finance Blunders #3

Not living within your means

Poor Financial Choices #4
Personal Finance Blunders #4

Wearing/Owning designer brands but struggling to purchase anything else

Poor Financial Choices #5
Personal Finance Blunders #5
Personal Finance Repairs
A lot of car-related answers!

Getting into debt to pay for a wedding

Poor Financial Choices #6
Personal Finance Blunders #6

Expecting too much? 🙂

Poor Financial Choices #7
Personal Finance Blunders #7