Day 13 - What Size Company Is The Right Fit For You?
When it comes to figuring out your career path and the route you want to take, it’s often a good idea to start thinking about what size company is the right fit for you? Finding your dream job is a key part of the job searching process but it's also just as important to find your dream company too! We encourage you to find a company that shares the same values as you and that will help you to achieve your career goals.
There are many differences between working for a smaller or larger size company. It’s important to consider these differences before you begin your job search….
Smaller Companies & Startups
- Gain experience in a variety of areas - When working for a smaller company you can get involved in different areas of the business as the structure tends to be a lot more flexible.
- More visibility from managers and other members of staff - You often have more responsibility working for a smaller company, so your efforts are more visible.
- A more flexible working environment & schedule - With smaller companies, your schedule and working environment is a lot more flexible.
- Feel closer to your coworkers & boss - Due to the smaller, closer environment, you usually have better relationships with employees of different seniorities.
- Limited growth opportunity - Smaller companies are unable to provide a lot of growth opportunities because sometimes they are just starting out themselves.
- Fewer employee perks - Due to the smaller budget, smaller companies usually offer lower salaries, project budgets, training, travel etc.
- Less structure - More disorganised and more likely to experience changes.
- Not as recognisable - The company is less likely to be known to future employees.
Small companies and startups can be a great route into your industry, a place where you can learn and develop new skills alongside your usual day-to-day tasks and responsibilities. Generally, you get to work in a more flexible environment which is ideal for those of you who are still mapping out your career path within your industry. The working environment is generally more intimate in a smaller company, which allows you to work closely with other team members becoming more aware of each employees roles and responsibilities.
Roles within smaller companies often have a lot less structure and tend to suit individuals who are highly adaptable. Due to the flexibility of a smaller company, it’s common for smaller companies to face a lot of changes within a small amount of time so it’s important that you are someone who adapts well to change. Roles within smaller companies, usually involve more independence and responsibility than larger companies so these roles suit those of you who don’t mind taking on multiple projects at once!
In smaller companies, you can genuinely see and feel the difference that your overall performance has on the rest of the company. This is a great way to build confidence early on in your career, as knowing how much impact your performance has on the company helps you to feel more indispensable!
One of the many benefits of working for a small company is the close, family-like environment. You get to know each member of staff on a more personal level, including managers and directors. This is extremely beneficial for your professional network and enables you to build closer and stronger relationships. People who work for smaller companies and startups are often involved in other projects and companies, which can open the door to other opportunities for you in the future!
All in all, working for a smaller company allows you to gain responsibility and experience in a variety of areas. Is a smaller company for you? It all depends on your preferences as an individual, the level of responsibility that you want and whether you adapt well to change!
Large Multinational Companies
- More employee benefits - Larger companies offer bigger reward packages, higher salaries, paid travel, healthcare programs etc.
- More structure - Larger companies often have more structure and are well organised due to the rules and regulations they have in place.
- Strong company reputation - Bigger companies often have a good reputation worldwide and this can help to boost your CV!
- Growth opportunities - Due to the size of the company, there are lots of opportunities to grow and advance your career within.
- Training programs and courses - Larger companies offer lots of training and courses etc to help employees, they often have a bigger budget.
- Less recognition - With so many people in the company, it's harder for your work performance to be noticed if you are in an entry-level position.
- Less flexible environment and schedule - Due to the size of the company, there are often lots of rules in place which applies to every member of staff.
- More resistant to change - In larger companies, it's harder to suggest changes and to introduce new ideas as decisions need to be made by more senior staff members.
Working for a large company is an exciting prospect, especially if it’s a well-known brand. Depending on the brand and its reputation, it can often give instant value to your CV and future career. Recruiters and hiring managers are usually more interested in your experience working for well-established companies and international brands rather than an unknown company name.
There are many benefits of working for a bigger company and it can also be a great way of kickstarting your career. Compared to smaller companies, bigger companies can offer bigger rewards in terms of salary, training programmes, travel and more. Although your work does not get noticed as much as when you work for a smaller company, you get to work with a range of professionals at different levels. In larger companies, you often have access to more resources and potentially a bigger budget for your projects too! There are lots of opportunities to learn new skills through internal and external training, online courses and more.
Working for a larger company allows you to become a specialist in your field through the resources and opportunities that are available. You will often have a more structured job role that remains more or less the same from day-to-day. You get to use more advanced software, more expensive equipment and from working with more professionals, you get to build a wider professional network for the future.
In larger companies, you have more opportunity to travel for work purposes, this involves meeting new people from all over the world and gaining a handful of professional skills from these experiences. This helps you to build confidence and develop a range of hard and soft skills that you can use throughout your career. If you already know which specific field you want to specialise in and how far you want to progress, working for a big company is definitely a good idea!
Still finding it hard to decide?
Remember, not all of these pros and cons will apply to every small or large size company, there will be some exceptions! Before you apply for a job, it’s very important that you research the company and familiarise yourself with as much information as possible; their company size, values, background, history, future growth plans - nowadays, it’s easy to find almost all of this information on LinkedIn, Facebook, Company websites etc.
Check out the following Employee Review sites to gain an honest insight into the working environment of the company you want to work for:
Refer To The Question - "Where Do You See Yourself In 5 years?"
As we mentioned earlier, this is an important part of your job search process. Even if you find the perfect job role, the company you work for needs to be the right fit too! Think about your 5-year plan, what size company would fit this plan the most. If you don't have a plan, it's a good time to start thinking about one because this is a very common interview question!
If you are not looking for a place to settle for years and years but more of a place to apply your skills, build confidence in your career whilst trying out different roles, a smaller size company may be the best option for you! On the other hand, if you are happy where you are located, you know exactly what role you want to settle into and you are looking for a company with clear progression opportunities, a larger size company is for you!
I the next 5 years I see myself as a self-employed freelance specialist. I'm done with either small or big companies!
posted 9 months ago by Julia
I still think that there's a third kind of company based on its size, actually, on its changing size. Those are fast-growing start-ups. I'm very curious and like to do and learn different things so I'll probably fit better in a small company, though an big enterprise that facilitates horizontal and diagonal promotion would be interesting too.
posted 9 months ago by Miguel
In 5 years, I want to have my own business empire but before then I am willing to contribute to the development of small or big companies I am opportuned to work for.
posted 9 months ago by Joseph
I'm a Glassdoor member for years and in my opinion this is a good way to get an idea, however everyone is different and should try it himself. It's important to make his own mind.
posted 9 months ago by Ingrid
I've always worked for small companies and startups and I confirm both pros and cons. I'd love to work for a big company since this would be a great challenge for me. Professional and personal achievements can be different according to the environment, what is important is to choose what most suits our ambition. Thanks for today's article.
posted 9 months ago by Laura
True fact, there are so many ways nowadays to find about the company you want to work for.
posted 9 months ago by Razim
Beautiful article.I don't have a specific preference. An environment that suits everyone is always important. Thank you for this interesting tips
posted 9 months ago by Cristina
I prefer start-ups, at my country would be the ideal, but on third world countries normally do not have the advance ideas than at first world and it is a shame due to the ideas are not bad at all... But start-ups allow us to grow together and to develope new ideas together instead of "sometimes" just "follow orders".
posted 9 months ago by Elizabeth
I prefer a company with clear progression opportunities and international presentation.
posted 9 months ago by PROKOPIOS
i warking in EDF in algeria is companies
posted 9 months ago by belghoul