Lynn Brewer, Enron Whistleblower conscience of the disgraced American energy giant

MY BEST ... Taking the job at Enron, it was an amazing opportunity.

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Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

Guys like Jeff Skilling and Ken Lay were the Beatles of the energy world and they recruited the best and the brightest. Working there was a chance to be challenged and learn lots, like playing tennis against Andre Agassi rather than my son. It has to be the most amazing place I've ever worked. I figured I'd be there until retirement. That lasted until the third week.

Enron taught me a lot about values. The company preached values that matched mine - respect, integrity, communication and excellence. But this wasn't what they practised. I realised it was just window-dressing. And I'm a better leader because of my experiences there. I used to get everyone on board and do what was right for the company; now I do things because they're right full-stop.

Enron was central to ensuring my ethical GPS is always on true north. I'm one of the few people I know who understands their mission in life. I've gained a lot from Enron, and I'm grateful for it.

MY WORST ... Taking the job at Enron.

Life in the boardroom was like an episode of The Apprentice, facing the guillotine, and people stabbing you in the back every day. I worked there under tremendous stress for three years.

It was a horrendous place. I even received death-threats from one employee.

Still, I wanted to be loyal to the company, and felt it was its right to know about the financial misdeeds going on there. When I realised no-one cared, I took it outside. I had simply reached my threshold of pain. It was self-preservation that led me - I went to the government because I didn't want to go to prison.

I've since had to change my name and lost my entire pension, and my life will never be the same again. But I don't say 'woe is me'. I have a hard time from people saying 'I lost my job', but most were making a ton of money out of the company - I made $250,000 in stock options in three years.

These people aren't victims - they were invested 100% in a company they knew was crooked.

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