So the basic premise of this question, is about cultural differences in businesses, in particular Europe.
I currently work for a large healthcare consultancy and was contemplating international rotations in certain European countries (spain and france). I have lived in Europe before while growing up, and can speak fluent spanish, decent french, and bad german, but left to come to the US when I was 15, thus never really saw what the world looked like for young professionals in these countries. I wanted to get a bit more information from those of you who have international business experience on what they found was different in Europe vs stateside.
To be more specific, one of the things that stuck my odd when I Eame to the US was the very "country clubby" feel of the business class in general. My dad was a high ranking Egyptian diplomat when we lived in Europe, and back then, when I had no frame of reference, the European business elite we met seemed to be very "gentry" like, which was completely different to the feel I got when I came to the States, where executives acted a lot more like regular people.
So how is the corporate culture in france/spain? Is it any different working at Total SA vs a smaller business. I am sure there is less pressure to put the hours in, but are there other pressures/cultural differences that I may not be aware about? Also I am looking for cultural differences in the continent not for the UK. I am very familiar with Britain.
Also if anyone has any experience in Russia, please feel free to chime in as well. Not relevant to me directly, but would love to hear stories about working in ex-soviet nations.