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This sort of attitude is not uncommon. There is a glamorous thrill attached to mentioning a well-known and respected company as your employer, regardless of what your role actually is within the business. There can indeed be many benefits to working in a successful, well-renowned organisation, but there is also the risk that the dazzle of the brand can blind workers to other aspects of their working situations. There is no one-size-fits-all business. Big and small sized businesses benefit different people in different ways. What role you are suited for depends largely on your personality, your ambitions and what stage of your career you’re at.
If you're looking for a new job, it's important to understand the many benefits of both working in smaller and working in larger companies. Here are just a few:
So, when considering a job offer, ask yourself the following questions. Like this, you can find out whether the company has the right size for you.
In a larger company, you will have the opportunity to liaise with large clients from around the globe, however your role may be more specialist. In a smaller company your remit is likely to cover a wider breadth of responsibilities. The levels of bureaucracy in smaller companies also tend to be reduced, meaning that you have greater scope and less oversight on your projects.
Larger companies will have multiple offices across the country, and often the globe. Are you someone who values global mobility opportunities? Larger companies are always better able to offer these.
Are future employers in your desired vocation likely to appreciate a bigger brand name on your CV or a varied skillset gained through experience working at a smaller company? Often to reach a certain level, employees will need to demonstrate a variety of types of experience – what are the gaps that you need to fill?
One of the big advantages of a larger company is that employees can evolve their role without actually having to leave the company. There will be plenty of opportunities for sideways career movement, should you wish to modify your role, whereas in a smaller business this is often more difficult.
Bigger companies can typically afford to pay their staff better. Smaller companies, on the other hand, occasionally offer sharing schemes.
Only you can know the answers to these questions, and it’s up to you to match these against the advantages and disadvantages of larger and smaller businesses that have been identified in this article so far.
Companies of different sizes often fit into different phases of your career. This can also depend on your current industry. For example, if you work in a highly specialised industry, you simply may not be able to choose from a number of larger and smaller companies. No matter what you do, you should take all the above factors and questions into consideration when thinking about your next career move. Then decide what's right for you.