Most people believe themselves to be overworked and underpayed. In the fictional universes discussed on this site, it can sometimes be difficult to remember that beyond the costumed heroes or mystic villains, there are thousands of working stiffs that just want to make it to the next paycheck. This is our list of the fictional companies that would, if not be great to work for, would at least make things more interesting.
The employees may not know it but they are an important part of Batman. Wayne uses his fortune to fight crime and take on villains like Scarecrow and Joker. When Wayne uses a take over attempt to find out information on criminal links to business, his employees do his legwork. Doug in Accounting goes from being the annoying guy who chews too loud in the cube next to you to letting the Bat crash through a window and punch out some bad guys. Lucius Fox also seems like a pretty cool boss, too.
He was the world’s biggest arms manufacturer, but after a literal change of heart, Tony Stark It seems like he gets to play with the Iron Man armor all by himself, which is a shame, but imagine how much cool stuff he must come up with in his spare time that he hands off to the R&D department. The beginning of Iron Man 2 also shows he knows how to throw one heck of a company party.
The truth is, most people already work for a company like this. It’s one of the reasons this comedy picked up a huge cult following. It’s easy to relate to the inane small talk, passive-aggressive supervisors and paper-shuffling busy work in your own life and feel for the leads and their crazy scheme. It makes this list because of what happens at the end of the movie. Poor put upon Milton, pushed to his breaking point, finally acts on his mumbled threats and burns the office down. Initech employees get an awesome story to tell whether it’s in an interview with their next employer or at Flinger’s catching up with old co-workers.
Hogwarts has all the trapping of a private school - the uniforms, the boarding, the crests. An operation like that must require a large support staff of muggles. Hagrid represents this army of janitors, secretaries and non-wizards in the books, but getting a job amongst the magic and intrigue of the school must be pretty sweet. They probably even have a flying carpool program.
It speaks to the quality of their products that they lasted past whatever calamity befell the world of Fallout. It also speaks to their naive optimism how upbeat the mascot stays whether he’s been shot, irradiated or otherwise mutilated. They also built most of the shelters that allowed small clumps of humanity protection against becoming Super Mutants. Hopefully, there’s an employee discount on a bunk in a Vault.
With a rough economy featuring shrinking benefits and daily job cuts, at least evil corporations like Omni Consumer Products offer job security. They have awesome health insurance and may even cover you beyond death if you have the right skillset like Officer Murphy. The Delta City project seems like one of those fat government contracts that drags on for decades. Besides, they just sponsored a real-life statue of Robocop in Detroit. They can’t be all bad.’
Erasing memories of people seems like a heartbreaker of a job. People come in wanting to forget spouses, significant others, job loss and so on. This is the perfect job for people addicted to reality TV. You get to watch the most dramatic moments of people’s lives just before they disappear. They might not remember but you will. And it sure beats working at Rekall.
Winston Zeddmore famously says “This job isn’t worth eleven-five a year.” Adjusted for inflation, that comes out to a salary of about $24,000. The pay might not be great, but what other job lets you crack jokes in the face of terrifying ghosts, spend your day reading Tobin’s Spirit Guide and blast away with a nuclear-accelerated particle beam?
The sprawling Tyrell Corporation builds robots that look like humans for a variety of tasks. The huge building that Deckard flies over must be full of thousands if not millions of employees. Some of the ancilliary fiction implies the Tyrell buildign is actually an arcology. Employees are born, live work and die all within that massive building. If that seems like too much corporate drudgery, who knows. Perhaps you are another secret replicant project and all your memories are fake, too.
Easiest job in the world. Draw up a ridiculous device. Throw two scoops of explosives, sharp objects and other dangerous components.into a box with the plans. Mail the package to a supergenius in the desert. The only thing that makes us wonder - how does Wile E. Coyote pay for all his orders?