Of course, every company is unique, so while some things are more likely to be true at larger or smaller companies, it’s always worth doing specific research on a company you’re interested in to see if these general trends apply.
Adjustment 1 – Size: At Leo & Loy, we consider any company with more than 1000 employees to be a large company, but keep in mind that there’s a pretty wide range of employee head counts within that category.
Pros: You can count on formal processes and support.Expertise is a phone call away.
Cons: Large companies tend to offer less flexibility. Big organizations suffer from a lack of shared context.
Adjustment 2 – Momentum: Depending on your point of view, momentum can be safe and supportive or bureaucratic and restrictive.
Pros: Stable revenue helps big companies ride out tough times. Large companies have entrenched cash cows that generate a lot of revenue.
Cons: Every big company has a closet full of legacy skeletons.Inertia can negatively affect employee creativity and innovation.
Adjustment 3 -Career and Compensation: Don’t forget that your career is more than your past jobs, titles, and paychecks—it’s the summation of what you’ve learned and achieved.
Pros: Large companies are a great place to start your career as a new grad. Big companies tend to offer clearer paths to promotion.
Cons: Career advancement also involves more bureaucracy and competition. Big companies have a clear idea of how much your role is worth.
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