Search for Jobs By Company Size


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This week’s Wall Street Journal’s tip of the week: Search for jobs by company size.

I have many clients who do this.  They say, “I want to work for a small company where I will be able to get involved in a lot of different areas.”  Or they say, “I want to work for a large company with opportunity to be promoted.”  Or, “I’d love to work for a large firm and be pigeon-holed into doing the same work day after day.”  Except for that last one…

I have a client who works for a small family firm.  Her stories are exactly what one would expect based on stereotypes of small family firms…Uncle Bill comes in to do the taxes, Aunt Sue is hired to decorate the waiting area.  Non-family members work at their own peril.  At the same time, this client had the opportunity to take on responsibilities and hone skills she otherwise would not have had the chance to do had she worked at a larger firm. 

Points to consider…

Small businesses offer:

  • Quick response time
  • Decision making flexibility
  • Personal attention
  • Specialization opportunities
  • Ability to change with the times

Salary.com offers these reasons to choose a small company:

  • Improved work/life balance
  • Less political
  • Better company culture

Larger firms may offer better benefits (free lunch, anyone?), training opportunities and an HR department that prevents Uncle Jim from getting a job that someone else is more qualified to do.  Although I was glib in noting that large firms may pigeon-hole their workers, it is also true that they may provide more opportunities for advancement from within or transfers from one office to another that would not be possible in a small firm.

Suite101.com notes these advantages of working for a large company:

  • More resources
  • Leadership potential
  • Ability to specialize
  • More job options

The Wall Street Journal’s expert notes:

In general, small company people find delegating difficult and like to have hands-on control over as many aspects of the business as possible. Conversely, large company people usually like to control large fiscal budgets and see their products or work in lights.

There are pros and cons to every choice, but it is interesting to consider:  Are you a large company or small company worker?

Keppie Careers can write your resume to appeal to any type of company.  We’ll support you in your job hunt every step of the way:  www.keppiecareers.com.

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4 Responses to “Search for Jobs By Company Size”


  1. 1 Jaclyn April 11, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    Good post! I think company size is a huge factor in determining work satisfaction, especially for entry-level employees. It will play a significant role in dictating whether you get your hands dirty from the start, or have a limited learning experience.

  2. 2 keppie April 11, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    Jaclyn – thanks for stopping by! I really enjoy Gen-Y blogs, and will add yours to my list.

  3. 3 Debashish Bramha April 13, 2008 at 7:53 am

    Hello,
    I went thru your blog (came to know you from Harvard Business blog)found it very very interesting and informative,specially Mindset, I really liked it.
    Regards,
    Debashish Bramha.
    Calcutta.
    India.

  4. 4 keppie April 13, 2008 at 9:45 am

    Debashish – Thanks for your kind comment. I welcome you to comment often to bring an international perspective to Keppie Careers!


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