Would you prefer a small but perfectly formed start-up, or maybe medium-sized is just right? Do you think “the bigger, the better”? Many people are keen to explore the kind of work culture and company size that best suits them – and it can change at different times in your life. The pros and cons of working vary, whether it’s having a more fluid role in a smaller company, having more career progression in a large company or being the master of your own destiny in a start-up company. So, what helps to decide?
Does company size matter?
Those clever people at totaljobs.com have created an interactive quiz, Does Size Matter?, which looks at which company size might suit you. Here are some of the differences between them and links to advice from leading experts.
Working for a large company
You’ll likely get access to benefits like private healthcare, generous pension schemes, and a few other perks, too. Your role might be as a specialist, allowing you to focus on your expertise, with the added bonus of a diverse team to collaborate with. If you want a change, a big organisation can give you relocation opportunities and you can try new roles without leaving the company. Here’s the advice leading experts offer on the benefits, drawbacks and myths surrounding working for a large company.
Working for an SME
At an SME, your promotion prospects are greater and your successes are likely to be more visible by the decision-makers. You’ll have more flexibility in your role, allowing you to get involved in many different tasks. An SME is a great place to gain hands-on experience and be creative if you like to learn on the job – and it’s more often about purpose than about the money. Check out the wonderful RISE internship scheme with SMEs in Sheffield. Here’s the advice leading experts offer on the benefits, drawbacks and myths surrounding working for an SME.
Working for a start-up
Highlights of working with a very small team include learning on the job, taking initiative, and having a big impact on a company and product. Cutting-edge ideas and experimentation are all part of the start-up experience. Although not all start-ups are successful, improving the company’s viability can also be a fun challenge. Here’s the advice leading experts offer on the benefits, drawbacks and myths surrounding working for a start-up.
Take the quiz to help you discover which company size might suit you. It gives you a starting point to explore and check out the reality.