I noticed that bigger companies have more married employees.
Some time ago, I had an interview with Yandex: all six interviewers (two times by three) were ring-bearing diligent family men. So evidently diligent and so evidently “family men” even in their image, their outfit, that this has caught my eye. Even if some of them were not “family men”, they successfully simulated as the ones.
This dependency is very obvious: to support a family one need money, and not just money, but stable money flow, even when crisis or wars happen; and personal ambitions of growing and improving go to the background. And only the big corporations have such stability. Also, all personal energy goes to supporting the family and to raising the children, so there is nothing left for self-improvement.
With all this going on, such “family men” begin to lose their professional fit. They become boring and fixed — they do not change with time, even their personality does not change.
Singles, on the other side, are more simple — they have the same energy, and they have the only way to apply it (except for sexing and drinking) — to personal improvement.
This is how I’ve came to conclusion that with other things being equal I do not want to go to the big corporation yet. There is life in the old horse yet. I want more adventures, more challenges in my life. Building a family, so as other conformist values “as others do”, never were interesting for me, and neither they are now.
Maybe, someday, I will exhaust myself, and I will go to this eternal conform zone to work for nothing but money, and I will lose my freedom, will have no career perspective (big corporations usually have all nice seats occupied).
Till then, till I am free, till I have no family and no children, I still have my time, which I will spend for my ambitions incarnated in my projects, or maybe others’ projects with my significant influence. I even found a couple of such challenges upon my own head.
And as a confirmation for my thoughts, I have recently found an opinion that single founders with no children usually have better startup metrics. I would definitely like to see the statistics.