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Discussion in 'Business, Careers & Education' started by jarude, Sep 28, 2012.

  1. jarude

    jarude Senior member

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    I recently got my first salaried position as an HR assistant. I'm not exactly sold on the occupation as a lifelong career, but I have a hunch that much like many other business-related careers, there is a lot of suck early on which translates into a relatively more comfortable position as time goes by. At this point I am happy to be employed; however, I will have to begin thinking about getting the professional designation soon if I choose to stay the course and would like to hear the experiences of others.

    Is there anyone here working in HR that can shed light on the profession? What industries do you work in? Are people working as generalists, recruiters, health and safety nannies, or in talent management? What can I expect in the position? Worst thing you ever had to deal with?

    Outside of that... non-HR folks, feel free to share frustrating/funny/rage-inducing/ whatever stories about your experiences with HR. I am lucky enough to be in a non-traditional, very non-corporate work environment (digital media) so I would love to hear the worst you have to share as I haven't yet encountered the stereotype of the corporate HR drone yet.
     
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  2. edmorel

    edmorel Quality Seller!! Dubiously Honored

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    Don't listen to anything I have to say and you should be happy that you have a job and I am sure that its a great opportunity for you but I can't think of a worse, less respected job in the corporate world than human resources. Any place I've worked, the janitors have been held in higher esteem. It seems to be a great place to throw in young pretty girls and useless older middle management types.
     
  3. jarude

    jarude Senior member

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    Heh, duly noted - to me, the field seems almost entirely extraneous and is more a byproduct than today's politically-correct workplace than an actual need for the department. With that being said, I don't see workplaces becoming any less burdened by all kinds of legislation, and somebody's gotta do the filing... it seems to be a field that will only grow in demand.

    Everything I've ever heard about corporate HR is in line with what you said, though. I did do an internship at a corporate training vendor and given every position in the office was HR-related in its function, I didn't see much "ugh, HR" going on. The idea of being a typical corporate HR drone nagging people on the operations side of things seems dreadful to me, though.
     
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    Grenadier Senior member

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    In my experience, HR is the liaison between management and the outside employment lawyers.
     
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    +1.

    You work for mgt...not the employees...
     
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    The company I work for's HR department is really tiny, relative to company size; and is split into 2 groups. First are the staff management types - pretty girls who are little more then secretaries.

    Then there are the HR Analysts. These people, closer to Business Analysts/IT then traditional HR .. do some pretty heavy lifting around here. Here is one of the recent posting I saw:

     
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    Pennglock Senior member

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    HR is responsible for creating the bullshit type of job postings shown above. These people should be lashed.
     

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