where do you prefer to work in, a government institution or a private company?

Philippines
September 17, 2010 8:07am CST
many people believe that private companies pay more or give higher salaries and benefits than government institutions do to their employees. that is why, fresh graduates of good schools often applies work in private corporations than in the government. however, there is more job security in government organizations than in private companies, once you will be able to get in. they also say that government is more service oriented and has a lower standard of work ethics than private companies do. how about you, what do you think on this? if you're given a choice, what would be your choice of a job? in a government or private company? why?
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10 responses
• India
21 Oct 10
Hello i worked in government owned colleges for over 45 years, am retired now, government job is more secured, no chance of losing job easily, but private jobs are less secured, one can get fired out, in government job there is pension too.. Thanks for sharing. Professor. . Cheers
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@asiregar (866)
• Jakarta, Indonesia
5 Oct 10
if there is a chance I prefer to work as government employees because they are more secure future than working in private companies that have no collateral at any time to close. if now I have aspirations to someday have my own business that could open jobs for others and ensure my next life
• Philippines
18 Sep 10
After I graduated from college, I applied in our local government and luckily I got hired. I've been working for more than a year now. In terms of salary grades, government's rank and file employees receives higher compared to private sector. But in terms of managerial position, private employees receives higher than the government does. Talking about security of tenure, more or less there is only 25% of the total employees who are regular and the rest are casuals and job orders so, 75% of it can be terminated anytime but with due process of law. :0 Government is indeed a service oriented institution. Government exist to provide services to the public which the private sector cannot give. We also have work ethics to be followed in fact there are a lot. The problem is, it is not properly exercised or executed, employees are not properly monitored and evaluated. This is because politics intervene professionalism:( I have no regrets at all that I chose to work in the government but I am not staying for long either because I also want to experience how to be in the corporate world. I would say that government is not ideal for fresh graduates because there's a huge difference when it comes to learning, and honing your personality in the private corporations. This is what my colleagues are telling me who were able to work in the private sector. I guess what is more important here is not the amount of money your are receiving but the happiness and satisfaction that you felt in doing your job.
@esorcia (11)
• Philippines
18 Sep 10
if you want to a permanent job i prefer to work in a government institution. Now there are lots of benefits that you can get in a government institution and the salary is almost the same as in the private.
• India
18 Sep 10
All my life I had worked in a Government Organization. I am happy that I worked for it. While working in Government organization I was able to serve the country. If I had to work for a private organization I would have served only private interests. Those who work in private organization definitely earn more money. They are able to lead a better life. Those who work in Government organization are poorly paid.
@Downwindz (2232)
• Netherlands
17 Sep 10
I like to do a job that pleases me and give me a good feeling about it, if it is private or for the government makes no difference. There are though often good benefits by getting a job in the government institutions... They often come with an ensured higher pension when you retire.
@Graceekwenx (3169)
• Philippines
17 Sep 10
i would always prefer to go to private companies. Right you are on the work ethics, employees in private companies show more seriousness and diligence in their responsibilities, that is just my observation. Compared to government, their people are slow pokes and lack concern for clients. I am not generalizing here ok but it is already an open story.
@chiyosan (29396)
• Philippines
17 Sep 10
i have been working for a private company all my life. i have never applied nor have worked or even offered a job in a government institution. I sure hope too when the security of work is available and obvious. until then, i guess i will not risk to work in the government. I still think that though there are less bonuses, private companies still offer better packages, and better salary than the government (except maybe if the gov't institution is corrupted and gives away up to 20 month pay. haha).
@hanuma34 (822)
• India
17 Sep 10
Service in private companies appears very lucrative in terms of remuneration and perks etc. But one has to work at peak performance to stay in competition. In our country, India, the way government employees are benefited makes it more attractive than the private service. The pension benefits, the preferential allotments of house plots and above all the security of job. Added perks, unwritten, one does not really have to work, and with the rampant corruption from top to bottom, the additional income surely makes all the more attractive.
@laydee (12818)
• Philippines
17 Sep 10
It's tough to get into government offices. But I think if you're looking for stability, then you should go for government companies. However, if you want bigger salaries and bigger potential for benefits and promotion, then I'd suggest you go for private corporations - multinationals if you could.