What type of organization should you be working for?


Did one of those bunkum aptitude or personality tests point you to the wrong profession? Are you graduating shortly and worried about which job to take? When it comes to your career, choosing the right type of organization is one of the most important decisions you will make. Do you prefer the rollercoaster rides of startups or the stability and comfort of PSUs or family conglomerates? Do you want the cachet of MNCs and Indian MNCs or the satisfaction of being the SME engine of the economy? This short and simple quiz will help you pinpoint exactly the kind of organization that you are best suited for. So give it a shot – it may be the most important thing you do all day….

  1. 1 How would you like decisions in the company to be taken?

    1. Seniors should consult with their families
    2. Leaders should banter at office picnics
    3. CEO should get instructions from abroad
    4. Executives should discuss over coffee in hotel lobbies
    5. Everyone should listen to the voice of God
    6. Management should take a chance
  2. 2 What job application process are you most comfortable with?

    1. Take an Entrance Exam
    2. Network with college seniors
    3. Participate in a Group Discussion
    4. Search through online job portals
    5. Ask a reference to introduce you
    6. Give a standard HR interview
  3. 3 Which vehicle appeals to you the most?

    1. All Wheel Drive
    2. Car with beacon light
    3. Stunning Motorcycle
    4. Luxury Sedan
    5. Functional Minivan
    6. Electric Car
  4. 4 How geographically mobile are you?

    1. I can relocate globally
    2. I love Industrial townships
    3. I can live in rural and urban areas
    4. Bengaluru or Silicon Valley only
    5. I can only live in cities
    6. I won't move a block!
  5. 5 What would give you the most joy in your job?

    1. Excitement
    2. Fame
    3. Money
    4. More time with family
    5. Power
    6. Stability
  6. 6 Which genre of movies do you most enjoy?

    1. Horror
    2. Family Drama
    3. Adventure
    4. War
    5. Spy Thrillers
    6. Comedy
  7. 7 If you could choose just one perk, what would it be?

    1. Employee Discounts
    2. Free food and pool
    3. Lots of free time
    4. Access to umpteen guest houses
    5. International Travel
    6. Indifferent to perks, prefer cash
  8. 8 If your organisation were a person, who would you like it to be ?

    1. Mature Businessperson
    2. Cowboy
    3. Hustler
    4. Emperor
    5. Philosopher
    6. Godfather

What type of organization should you be working for?

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    Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs)

    A procrastinator like you who only wants the pan of life on the work-life scale is best suited for jobs with Public Sector organizations. These state-owned dinosaurs have been around for generations and will be plodding long after the corporate world has imploded. There are no unique skills required to succeed in PSUs because there is not much work to be done. The general culture is of ‘picnics and procrastination,’ and it is a hierarchy driven structure with the Chairman squatting at the top and the rest of the organization squarely focused on keeping him happy. Just stay under the radar and stay out of trouble. 

    While the pay is miniscule, the power and perks will make even billionaires envious. You will get 30-minute tea breaks every half hour, and the lunch break will start immediately after breakfast. You will also get cars with beacon lights, an army of office boys to deliver your memos faster than any 4G connection, and unfettered access to Dak Bungalow guesthouses across the country. 

    PSUs are indeed an excellent career option - you need to pass just one common entrance exam, and then spend the rest of your career in Luckingham Palace. 


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    Family Conglomerates

    You love the stability that comes from a job that requires blind execution – blindly join a family conglomerate. These are behemoths that are present in all lines of business, from paper to panties. They were founded generations ago by a visionary patriarch whose bust and oil portrait adorn the corporate lobby. They continue to be headed by a member of the founding family, who is admiringly known as the lala. These organizations are therefore also reverently referred to as lala companies. 

    The primary skill you need to succeed in family conglomerates is alignment. You need to suck up to the lala, who takes all the decisions at work and the rest of the employees are used to thoughtlessly executing.  The malkin (lala’s spouse) runs the family foundation but also barges into all important projects. As do their kids - Chotta Nawab and Chhotti Gudiya. Be humble to all. And lastly, do not ignore his right-hand man, an understated shrewd accountant known to all as lastname-ji. He has the lala’s ear in one hand and your crown jewels in the other. So look out. 

    The pay in family conglomerates is reasonable and the perks okay but if you align to the lala, his family, and lastname-ji, you are assured of lifelong employment. In this day and age, that is indeed quite something. 


    Adapted from Job Be Damned (HarperCollins, 2018). Want to work less and achieve career success? Pre-order this "corporate sarcasm on steroids" immediately. Whether you are a fresher, middle manager or senior leader - it is the only career guide you will ever need.  


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    Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)

    You have every trait for a successful career with a small and medium enterprise (SME). SMEs are the backbone of the economy and are usually involved in importing and exporting something, somewhere. They were typically founded by a farsighted entrepreneur and are presently managed by a gaggle of his descendants. The company name, therefore, boasts an assortment of names, surnames and relationships – Patel & Sons, Kothari Brothers, Kanga, Shah and Kotwal Partners and so on. 

    All relatives sit in a small cabin, on medium size chairs that barely accommodate their large girths. They spend time juggling accounts, cooking books, chattering on phones and domineering Gaurishankar the peon, who’s on permanent standby outside the communal cabin. As soon as any of their children reach puberty, they are indoctrinated into the business. And sooner or later all of these uncles, aunties, nieces, nephews, and cousins will clash, charring you in the crossfire. 

    Your compensation, in the months that you get paid is just about enough to keep you above the poverty line. Perks include luxuries like tap water and oxygen and employee discounts on whatever it is that Motabhai Mehta and his extended family of hucksters are peddling. But you will get a lot of free time, and work will be like living in a perpetual soap opera – what could be more exciting? 


    Adapted from Job Be Damned (HarperCollins, 2018). Want to work less and achieve career success? Pre-order this "corporate sarcasm on steroids" immediately. Whether you are a fresher, middle manager or senior leader - it is the only career guide you will ever need.  


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    Multinational Corporations (MNCs)

    A smooth and suave professional as yourself will only find comfort within the confines of a multinational corporation. These organizations have spread their tentacles to scores of countries around the world and are at the top of the status pyramid. In family weddings and gatherings you will often overhear the proud phrase, ‘My son/daughter is working with an American Yemen Sea.’ 

    The work culture is professionally political. The CEO has the typical ‘IIT-IIM-but I still got a second MBA abroad’ educational combo. His fortunes are intricately linked to the global CEO who appointed him and when he gets sacked, so does our hero. This happens quite often, and with this kind of career volatility, the primary intent of most people is to protect their turf. Consequently, the perspectives and timeframes of most MNC employees are somewhat different from others. The short-term is now, the medium-term the coming week and the long-term, for those who can even think that far ahead, is next month.

    There really is little to complain about. Your monthly salary hits your account with a precision that would make a Swiss watch envious and quantum that would make a Swiss bank blush. Moreover, you will make frequent foreign trips that will allow you awesome social media perks such as ‘check-ins’ at international airport lounges.  So get your passport, we mean CV, ready… 


    Adapted from Job Be Damned (HarperCollins, 2018). Want to work less and achieve career success? Pre-order this "corporate sarcasm on steroids" immediately. Whether you are a fresher, middle manager or senior leader - it is the only career guide you will ever need.  


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    Indian / Local Multinational

    You clearly have the temperament and qualities to be working for a large corporation but our specialized algorithm tells us that rather than global multinationals, you are more suited for the brown version. So make your way towards an Indian / your local home-grown multinational corporation. 

    These organizations are bang in the middle of the competitive circle, competing against every other type of corporation from start-ups to MNCs and the work culture is extremely stressful. The CEO has usually been with the company since inception and is continually trying to balance his role as a patriarch and professional executive. If he ever passes on the baton, it’s with trembling fingers to another piece of lumbering woodwork. The leadership team is a mish-mash of internal old-timers and external executives and the culture, therefore, is usually in complete disarray. 

    It is a good life with reasonable work-life balance. And when it comes to compensation, though not as lucrative as MNCs, what you lose in cash and foreign selfies, is more than made up via stock options. And unlike the ones doled out by start-ups, these are usually worth a decent packet by the time you get sacked. 


    Adapted from Job Be Damned (HarperCollins, 2018). Want to work less and achieve career success? Pre-order this "corporate sarcasm on steroids" immediately. Whether you are a fresher, middle manager or senior leader - it is the only career guide you will ever need.  


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    Startups

    A risk and fun-loving professional like yourself is best suited for the gun-slinging culture of start-ups. Chances are you knew the founders - seniors from college who got plastered at a house party and came up with an idea for a website. They named the company by taking a common noun, changing a letter and then frantically checking if the dotcom domain of the word they had coined was available. The person who slurred, ‘Let’s make a website,’ was crowned CEO, the geek who built a prototype over the weekend was anointed CTO, and the bartender was appointed COO. 

    The organizational culture mirrors the maturity of its young and reckless management, and it’s a breakneck journey with all important decisions made via coin toss. The founders eventually grab a few rounds of funding too many at which point they cede control to venture capitalists. External investors finally bring some method to this madness and replace the coin with a dartboard. 

    You will get free food, pool and stock options, a mythical currency that consistently increases in theoretical value until everyone is a multimillionaire on paper. Then one day, poof! It disappears, and all are back to being worthless. But you can still enjoy the traffic in Bengaluru or Silicon Valley, where you will eventually end up. 


    Adapted from Job Be Damned (HarperCollins, 2018). Want to work less and achieve career success? Pre-order this "corporate sarcasm on steroids" immediately. Whether you are a fresher, middle manager or senior leader - it is the only career guide you will ever need.  


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