BUSINESS DECISION

Going Smaller Than I Ever Imagined

Because it became my best option

Jill Ebstein
The Penny Pub
Published in
4 min readMay 21, 2024

--

Woman flexing her muscle
iStock: credit Melpomenem

It should have been a hard decision, but it wasn’t. I was about to continue my trend towards working at smaller companies—starting at Citicorp with over 200,000 people to successive companies with employee counts of nearly 100,000, then 300, then 30, and finally a company of one.

I was going solo.

At my last company, I had been told to go “f*ck” my husband when I didn’t want to have a social dinner with my boss’s boss. I had suggested lunch, so it wasn’t a flat “no.” A week before, he had shared his experience in a lewd-sounding chat room where he enjoyed some suspicious fun. And it was at work!

So when I said, “No, thank you,” he replied, “Go f*ck your husband.”

I said, “Thank you. I think I will.”

Of course, had it only been this one craven, cringy senior manager, I would have had to think about my decision to go solo, but it was a whole team of like-minded men. They were all sick in various ways.

Piling onto my frustration, that same week, I was stuck in a traffic jam as I headed home due to the motorcade of then-President Bill Clinton. I arrived one hour late to pick up my kids. There they were, on the front curb of the…

--

--

Jill Ebstein
The Penny Pub

I’m about dogs, our lovable and peculiar families, business, and writing in a wide lane, including fiction. I’m a positivity washer too. www.jillebstein.com