How to work for evil corporations?
April 20, 2010 8:51 PM Subscribe
How do I get over working for a company that I am morally and ethically against? This is my first job out of college.
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (47 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
After working happily at a PR/Comm firm for almost two months now, I am starting to feel uneasy after being assigned to team projects a few weeks ago for clients that I am politically and ethically against. I'm not just talking about working with clients that are vaguely bad - I'm talking about straight up evil (I am a very vocal liberal, and their practices are constantly subject to mass criticism on the Blue to which I have always agreed.)
This isn't to say that this firm specifically works with improving the public image of evil companies. When I applied for a job there, they also had some awesome clients in their portfolio - fantastic non-profits and innovative start-ups, and they did some excellent work for them too. But I guess they always kept their clients with a negative public image on the down-low (they weren't listed on the website), and I guess I'm learning that my passion for doing the right thing is greater than my passion for good PR.
It's only been two months, so it's not like I can just quit, and even if I started looking for new jobs now I feel like I have this wart on my resume, as well as this extremely short employment term that would make hiring managers suspicious. But I'm feeling trapped - and not to get all melodramatic, but I feel like I'm getting more "blood" on my hands every day for playing for the wrong side. I also feel like a self-righteous ass...I know that I should be lucky that I even found a job. But it's wearing down on me - I can't tell anyone about the specifics due to confidentiality so I hold all of this in, and I work my butt off (which I have no problem with, if it weren't for corporations I disagreed with). I can't fall asleep, I drink at night, and I get a tightness in my chest from feeling like such a hypocrite.
How do I deal with this? Any other Mefites been in this position and been able to switch over to the good guys, AND turn out sane?