I've just landed a 2 month contract at a big corporate. I've not really worked much for anyone this year and it's all been agency for the last five years. I'd forgotten about all of the corporate benefits: free food, career development, internal opportunities, free parking, people being amazed by the last project you worked on...
I worked in the marketing department at a part of News Ltd for 5 years in QLD. It was great, quite stable and allowed me to work on some great campaigns for the brand - and being the client we only had to impress management who trusted us. All good. The only difficult thing was daily rumours of restructures.
I worked for a finance firm that was very corporate. Days were long, work was boring and culture too conservative. No career dev or internal opportunities and no parking. But there was plenty of cake every week which kept you fat.
Back in yonder days I was on my way to following the fairly common path then of moving from small digital agency to big one and then into the corporate world of advertising... but came to realise that kind of stuff wasn't for me, too (personally) soul destroying.
(though of course nowadays I'm heading down a study/career change path that has a high chance of leading to a government job, which could be far more soul destroying than any corporate role...)
But have many friends who are quite happy doing the corporate thing, so can't hurt to try it to see if you like it otherwise you'll never know...
It's retail @Dan, Coles for a couple of months. I hear you, I had a short term contract at KPMG once, very dry - they didn't even have cake (mind you they've sponsored a few events I've run and they put on a good spread there).
I'm with you @scotty on being an employee. I'm looking forward to getting into the onsite gym next week though - time to get my pre-baby body back!
::You can then go back to a real job.::
::high chance of leading to a government job::
You'll have time to keep drinking those pina coladas(?), the wheels of government turn even slower that enterprise!