Jeremy Miller shares his advice on how to find success at a large corporation. From what attributes will help you succeed at a large organization to the pros and cons he has experienced while working in enterprise UX, he dives into everything he has learned along the corporate portion of his career path. Read the article below and listen to more of Jeremy’s great advice in the full episode!
In episode 31 of The Product Design Podcast, Seth Coelen interviews Jeremy Miller, Senior Staff Experience Architect at GE Aviation! He is also a mentor and a Retro Time Podcast host where they talk about software, from product design to software development, and the soft skills needed to make it in our industry.
Jeremy has worked in agency, startup, and large corporate environments throughout his career. During our chat, he let us know what led him to enterprise UX for a large corporation. Jeremy also shares the skills that have helped him climb the ranks and tips for working in a large corporate environment.
Jeremy had no intention of going into design when he was younger; he wanted to be a chef and a musician. He planned to go to culinary school, but all of his friends were going to LSU, so he also ended up going there. During his time at LSU, Jeremy was in several bands and enjoyed designing their websites. After getting this experience in web design, he had friends ask for flyers and websites, so he started to make some money doing this while he was in college.
He eventually dropped out of school, moved to New Orleans, and started a freelance company with a guy from one of his bands who was an architect and graphic designer. Once he met his wife, they worked on websites together until they both took jobs at a local agency for a while. Once Jeremy and his wife decided they wanted to have children, Jeremy decided he wanted a more steady job with typical business hours and excellent benefits, so he moved to GE. Jeremy has worked his way up the ranks there and enjoys the work he gets to do for this large corporation.
When you work for a large corporation, more people are involved in decisions which can slow things down from what you may have experienced in an agency or startup. Jeremy shares three attributes you should have if you plan to look for a job at a big company to ensure it will be a good fit for you!
“Networking is important for getting a job, but at a large corporation, networking is important to get promoted and to find another role.”
Jeremy has found that he enjoys working in enterprise UX for a large company. There can be pros and cons for any company you choose to work for, but it is crucial to determine what works best for you! Here are a few of the perks of working at a larger company that Jeremy discussed during our chat!
“One of the things that I like about enterprise is there's always a new problem to solve. It's like; we solved that problem last month, now let's go solve a different problem.”
Wow! That was an excellent look into working in enterprise UX for a large company. It was great to get Jeremy's insight into the attributes that work best for larger organizations and the perks he has found during his time at GE. We are so grateful that he shared so much valuable advice on how to fund success in big corporations as well.
Listen to the complete episode on The Product Design Podcast, which includes a deeper dive into some downsides of working at a larger company and Jeremy’s take on team building on a large team. Don't forget to follow Jeremy on LinkedIn and listen in on the Retro Times Podcast, where he shares even more great advice!
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