Small intimate company, or big fancy company?

posted 3 years ago in Career
  • poll: What kind of company do you prefer working in? Same salary, same city.
    A small, relaxed company where you are a big fish in a small pond : (31 votes)
    65 %
    A big, well known corporate company where there's a hierarchy : (17 votes)
    35 %
  • Post # 3
    9 posts

    @kerplunk00: I don’t think it’s as simple as this–you need more information.

    How did you feel about the people you met at each company?

    Which environment do you think you will excel in?

    Which company has more opportunity for advancement?

    Which company will allow you to build a stronger network of people to get farther in your career?

    Is this your first job? What are your plans for the future and how would each company fit into that?

    Post # 4
    1067 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @kerplunk00:  It’s easy to get overloaded when you’re wearing a lot of hats, and small companies don’t have much room for advancement.  The huge company probably has better benefits, as well.  I’d personally lean toward the larger company, and make a concerted effort to distinguish myself 🙂

    Post # 5
    965 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    I find that a big company is more stable when it comes to downsizing or changes in the economy. They also have better (cheaper) benefits because of bigger buying power.

    Post # 6
    324 posts
    Helper bee

    @kerplunk00:  I just graduated in June and had the same decision to make- a small company or a large awesome company that’s revered around here. I chose the small one because I would get MUCH more substantial work experience. There’s less people, which means that I have so many more opportunities to get my hands on meaningful work. At the large company I would have had a much smaller, boring role to play. The titles at both are the same, but the duties are a world apart. I am truly thrilled with my choice, I love my job so much 🙂 The pay for both was the same though, so that wasn’t a factor. 

    ETA: My choice was more straightforward than the above PPs suggest though- I absolutely have job security, and I’m not looking for advancement (nor could I get one without a grad degree) because I’m only here for a couple of years before grad school. It might be different in your case 🙂 Good luck!

    Post # 7
    9137 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    All thing being equal, going with a big company now may open more doors than the smaller company.  If i had it to do over again I would take the job at the big company, work there for a few years to build up my skills and reputation, then graduate down to a smaller company.  A lot of doors are closed to me because I don’t have a well known major company name on my resume and it does make a difference.

    Post # 8
    3506 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I’ve worked for both. I’m currently at the smaller company.. and I 100% perfer it here. The atmosphere is so much calmer and laid back, there aren’t “big bosses” threatening to come in and make all the employees anxious… I much prefer working for a smaller company than a big one where you’re just another employee to them.

    Post # 9
    51 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    I currently work at a smaller company, and it is the best decision I made. After 2.5 years I have had 2 promotions. Because I also get to wear a lot of hats, I get to try out new things and build my skills, whereas in a big company, you barely get the opportunity to show them you are ready to move up. Even with being a small company, there is a bit of turnover in our department as people grow and move on, which easily leads to advancement for others. I bet you made you decision by now, but I vote small company!

    Post # 10
    308 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I really believe that a company’s culture is much more important than the size or sometimes even the specific work you’ll be doing. Did you have a chance to get a feel for the actual teams you would be working with? All other things being equal, I’d go for the team with a better rapport. 

    One additional thing to think about, depending on the type of function you will be in, is that employees at small companies often face a higher level of scrutiny in terms of things like necessary business expenses. For instance, my friend and I both recently needed the same software product at our respective jobs. Her company is very small, while mine has about 1500 employees. She asked the office manager repeatedly and was rebuffed until the CEO noticed that she wasn’t able to complete a project as a result of it. I asked our IT department, got an email approval from my manager, and I had it the next day. This is just one example; I have a few friends who have worked at small companies and relayed how they felt that they had to jump through hoops to get the things they needed. But we are all in marketing, so this may not be applicable if you’re an accountant or something.

    Also, depending on your industry and what you want to do after, the big name company may be the better choice. Many recruiters give greater credence to applicants who have worked at well-respected companies.

    Post # 11
    1745 posts
    Bumble bee

    @kerplunk00:  Bigger companies often have better/cheaper benefits. Also, look at the 401k match option, vacation and commute. 

    Post # 12
    1963 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    I prefer working for smaller companies.  I currently work for a small company, that is very well known in the industry, in the city that its located in.  This was my first real job out of school, so I feel that I was able to take on larger projects and get much more experience there, than I would have at a larger company, right out of the door.  However, working for a small company sometimes means you end up wearing too many hats, taking on too many projects, and risking burnout.  Thats pretty much were I am now, but I’m grateful for my experience here.

    Post # 13
    1355 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013 - Vine Street Church

    My husband works for a massive corporation and I work for a small company. I’d much prefer to work for his company.

    Post # 14
    10219 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    In my lifetime have done both.

    Much prefer a BIGGER Company…

    More money, more benefits, more opportunity for advancement

    And less stupid office crap… gossip / favourtism etc (Better HR Dept)

    And if you show your skills in a Big Corp you tend to be recognized and able to make some serious moves up the ladder

    Because at Big Companies, a great many people are going to be complacent (Hey look at me and my cushy office job)… higher percentage of people I find who get “the perks” and then just tune out, until someone comes along and boots them out.

    My best jobs have always been with BIG Corps.


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