As I crossed my 3 year mark at the big Swoosh earlier this year, I had a strange calm sense of achievement that overwhelmed me. I went to work that day with an extra bounce in my step. I mean, other than the fact that I now had extra days of leave :P, nothing else had really changed. But I felt good. It has been a great 3 years and more in counting.
Fortune recently posted the list of the top 50 companies that are admired overall. Coincidentally, the 2 best companies that I have worked for - Microsoft and Nike (current), are in the list. And I can totally understand why. There will never be a perfect company that you work for. Most of the time, people just spend their time complaining about every little thing about the company instead of looking at the overall picture. The pros over the cons. I have my gripes but for the bulk of it, I am thankful and grateful for where I am.
I am happy to note that Nike is voted 24th for most admired, rank 3 for best in innovation (number 1 in industry!), rank 3 for best in people management, rank 6 in financial soundness, 5th in long term investment, rank 1 in global competitiveness and more. Also, all the companies that I admire are also in the list!