Keeping in mind that all names are being changed, to protect the innocent, the guilty, and the idiots, here is my world.
Basically, think "Dilbert" - but without all the glamor.
Paradise Corp is a fortune 500 company -- over 50 years old, a "bricks and mortar" conglomerate. Paradise went public again in the most recent decade, after several decades as a privately held company, and -- unofficially at least -- is experiencing some shocks under the higher level of scrutiny that being a public corporation is subject to.
As a conglomerate, it has a number of unrelated divisions with very little in common between them, except perhaps a brand and a CEO -- we're in "silos," to put it in consultantese. I work for a very autonomous, $1 billion+ annual revenue division in a specialized niche in the B2B services world.
We're one of about 5 national-scale players in an otherwise fragmented, regional and mom-and-pop industry, and, until a few years ago, we held a definitive lead, in both reputation and size. The recent economic downturn, changes in the industry overall toward "commodification" of our primary product, and some serious at-loss pricing from our competitors in order to gain market share, have all contributed to our recent bout of ill-health.
My loyalty to Paradise is based in the personalities that surround me -- the organization as a whole hardly merits it. Although I've no concerns regarding the general ethical soundness of Paradise, it's hardly what I would call an exemplar of corporate excellence.
I've received some good breaks at Paradise, however, climbing from being a "temp" in the billing department through billing coordinator, programmer/analyst, and now data analyst and even "data strategist" (at least unofficially) in about 5 years -- all without any help from my resume, which says I should be teaching high school or, at best, pursuing my PhD in literature.