Big corporations are inherently risk-averse and slow to change. For the high-performer who wants to get things done and have a profound impact, the inertia found in a big corporation can be discouraging and frustrating.
What is the solution?
Incrementalism. Learn to take grasp of one area — small enough that the higher-ups won’t bat an eye, big enough to inspire you to make a difference.
Learn to be REALLY good at the REALLY small stuff — the small stuff that others are not concerned with. Usually, corporations tend to overlook these areas of relatively insignificant impact, leaving them long overdue for an upgrade by the time a high-performer gets to it.
Make a change where you are allowed to make one. Let your work speak for itself. Then work up.