Pros: opportunites for advance / special assignments (outside the box)
Cons: adapting to over business world corporate focus.
Starting with my employment at IBM (1980) until my transition to Lexmark (1992); ending with my retirement when in 2006 my department, along with several others, was outsourced to an outside contracting company. Initially, I found a company that valued it greatest asset - its human resources (employees). A typical day at work was one that required being able to multitask as I was allowed to cross into areas other than just my immediate dept. I learned that with continual education/courses/classes, you could advance by not only working smarter, but harder as well. I had several opportunities for special assignments that sometime included travel. Most co-workers were ambitious teamworkers that understood that sometimes to advance meant giving someone else a "leg" up. Managment was a challenge that sometimes required early mornings and late nights, but was worth the effort which sometimes made it difficult to balance work & personal life. Most enjoyable part of the job was the varied opportunities afforded me in my 26 years with IBM/Lexmark.