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Old Nov 27th 2016, 4:03 am
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Default Cultural differences - American vs. British employers

The ones I can think of -

US is more pro-employer whereas UK is more pro employee - in comparison and relatively speaking

Competition in the workplace is more intense and fierce in the US than the UK and American workers play a lot more politics than their British counterparts

More hierarchy with American companies while a lot of British companies are more lean and flat in structure

American company encourage "talk the talk" culture and I've came across VPs from Fortune 500 companies would just say the wildest things out of their asses and imagine if they say the same thing in England they'd be labelled as "bullshiters" "juvenile" and "unprofessional"

American companies do tend to however encourage its employees to be more independent and creative rather than follow the book like many British companies do

I could have been generalising but I have worked for a number of British and American companies to sums up the above. Can you think of more corporate cultural differences?
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Old Nov 28th 2016, 10:05 pm
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POETS day...almost unheard of in my experience over here. A lot of talk of work hard, party hard but the reality has turned out to be far from it as everyone spends ages commuting back home. Definitely depends on location from what I can gather though.
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I suspect a lot of what you claim depends on the company size. Are we talking about 'big corporations' or across the board?

I'm a British expat who is now a US employer. Where do I fit in to this picture you paint Best of both 'worlds' or worst of both
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Default Re: Cultural differences - American vs. British employers

Originally Posted by Mirage88 View Post
The ones I can think of -

US is more pro-employer whereas UK is more pro employee - in comparison and relatively speaking

Competition in the workplace is more intense and fierce in the US than the UK and American workers play a lot more politics than their British counterparts

More hierarchy with American companies while a lot of British companies are more lean and flat in structure

American company encourage "talk the talk" culture and I've came across VPs from Fortune 500 companies would just say the wildest things out of their asses and imagine if they say the same thing in England they'd be labelled as "bullshiters" "juvenile" and "unprofessional"

American companies do tend to however encourage its employees to be more independent and creative rather than follow the book like many British companies do

I could have been generalising but I have worked for a number of British and American companies to sums up the above. Can you think of more corporate cultural differences?
That's a really mixed bag. Some things I agree with, some things I haven't noticed, others I think the exact opposite is true; but that's just my experience. Things change over time too, sometimes quite quickly and for all manner of reasons - businesses delayer in lean times, but often bulk up again as revenues improve.
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Change in HR policies can quickly change a work environment, from being productive , to non-productive and vice-versa.

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I've only worked for one employer in the US, so my experience is limited.

However, main differences I've noticed here:
- spectacular commitment to bureaucracy/doing things the way they've always been done
- looking/sounding right is much more important than actually delivering value
- most people have no qualms tooting their own horn loudly and regularly
- over-confidence can take a mediocre person a long way
- senior executives fawned over and overly-revered
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I have only worked for 2 companies in the US, but personally I see similar traits on both sides of the Atlantic. Main difference being Unions seem to have more strength in the US, but that is diminishing. Both sides of the Ocean senior management lie to or are sparce with the truth to the employees. There are lazy and hard working employees in most companies. Perks vary between companies. In the UK , one company doubled a 5% match into pension (ie 10%), the the US one company gave out free breakfast, lunches and beer.
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POETS day...almost unheard of in my experience over here.
I told my assistant about POETS day. She had never heard of it. She now has a post it with POETS DAY written on it stuck to her office wall LOL.
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I have worked for British companies in the UK, American companies in the UK and American companies in the US and I don't agree with much of what the OP writes.

So much depends on size of company, location of company and leadership of those companies that I would not generalize.
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