I've worked in organizations ranging in size from a handful to tens of thousands of employees. An interesting experience was when I was part of the formation of a public relations firm in Washington, D.C., called Powell Tate. I was one of a dozen employees to first join this bipartisan firm created by the late Jody Powell, President Carter's press secretary, and Sheila Tate, who was Nancy Reagan's press secretary.
Our firm grew to 150 employees, but when we were smaller, everyone worked as if it were their own company. As employee numbers increased, inefficiencies grew. That bothered me because we were an employee-owned company.
These inefficiencies are things you care about if it's your money, but as a company gets bigger, employees seem to think less about the price of anything. The attitude is: It's someone else's money.