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February 28, 2016

Which is better to work at, small companies or big companies?

I’ve worked at companies ranging from 3 guys in a converted garage to a global, publicly traded company with 65,000 employees and everywhere in between, and the honest truth is that there’s no right or wrong answer to this question. It depends on the company, the individual, and the match between the two. That said, there are some broad patterns that you should be aware of to make sure that you’re picking your moves carefully and don’t end up falling into the Zone Of Pain. What’s the Zone of Pain, you ask?? I’ll tell you in just a minute— but first, let’s get the basics out of the way... THE BIG DIFFERENCE: HOW MANY HATS YOU WILL WEAR In general, the main thing about big companies is that roles are much more rigidly defined. If you’re a graphic designer at a big company, all you will ever do is graphic…
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February 15, 2016

Why job titles matter more than (almost) anything else

In contrast to the world of mainstream music, where the artists are put up on a pedestal to be worshipped by fans, in hardcore there's no difference between the guys/girls on stage and the people in the crowd-- we're all on equal footing, and if someone tries to act like a rockstar they get put in their place with the quickness. This “flatness” is one of my favorite parts of punk/hardcore culture, but it can also be a bit of a double-edged sword in that it can make us blind to the times when hierarchy DOES exist. Hardcore might be flat, but the rest of the world usually isn't. In the beginning of my career I never really gave a shit about job titles and hierarchy. Who cares? “No gods, no masters,” right?? I just kind of rolled my eyes and wrote that stuff off as meaningless crap, telling myself that…
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