Choosing what you want to do for a living is one professional choice, but you also need to think about where you want to work. For example, would you rather work for a small business or a large company? There are pros and cons to both options, so there is no right or wrong answer.
When considering what size company might be a good fit for you, think about what you want from your place of employment and weigh whether the majority of those desires can be accessed through a large or small organization. It is also important to recognize that what you want could change over time. For instance, you may prefer working at a small company when you are single and then decide you would like to shift to a large company once you are married with kids.
One of the ways you can try out different sized businesses before committing to a full-time position is through temporary employment. Discuss your professional goals with an employment expert at Staffing Network to learn who is hiring and what temp and permanent positions are available.
Established Organizations Typically Offer More Perks
While there is no official definition of a large company, typically businesses that employ more than a few hundred workers are understood to be a large company. Because of their size, these organizations are often able to supply their employees with more benefits.
For instance, you could have a range of insurance options, such as a variety of healthcare options and life insurance. Some companies also offer on-site fitness centers, daycare, tuition reimbursement, and other educational opportunities. All of this is possible because large companies have more resources than smaller organizations.
And while job security with a healthy compensation package is attractive to prospective candidates, there are people who prefer working at smaller organizations where they can stand out and have more flexibility in their role.
Disadvantages to Working at a Large Company
Because large companies have a lot of employees, jobs are well defined. Each job is created to fulfill a task that is required for the larger organization to thrive. If you are interested in working somewhere that allows you to take on new responsibilities regularly and jump from project to project, a smaller organization may be a better match for you.
While each company has its own culture, generally large organizations are more competitive work environments while startups and small businesses rely on their employees as a team. This does provide a clearer path toward advancement and professional success, but it can also lead to burnout and workers not feeling personally appreciated.
Of course some of where you want to work will depend on where your peers are working as well. For instance, Fast Company reports that Millennials are more likely to gravitate toward smaller startups while Gen Z job hunters are seeking employment at established, larger organizations, viewing them as a more stable choice.
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