Startup vs. Major Company: How Workers Can Make the Choice
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

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When you’re planning the best move for your career, there’s often consideration of what type of office culture fits your personality and goals. Should you work for a small startup where you might be able to have your hand in a variety of jobs or at a larger corporation, where strict guidelines and bottom lines matter most?

How do you choose between working for a small business or a corporation? Consider the following:

Determine your ultimate career goal.

Think about where you see yourself in 20 years.

Are you hoping to one day become a VP, CEO or other top-level executive at a big company? Or do you have an entrepreneurial spirit with a passion for starting your own company?

A larger, more established company will likely offer you better pay and health benefits. But, it may be five or 10 years before you see a significant salary increase or position in the company.  Startups typically have a flat organizational structure, offering the opportunity to make a significant impact in a shorter time span. But, since three out of four startups fail, job security isn’t the industry’s biggest asset.

Discover your personal work style and passion.

Do you thrive in tight-knit teams, frequent collaboration opportunities and a more relaxed company culture? Or do you work best in a more structured corporate environment that provides more of a work-life balance?

Take time to explore how you prefer to work to avoid landing in a frustrating job that stunts your personal and professional growth. Unique tools like can help you discover your ultimate workplace happiness, including your strengths (and, ahem, weaknesses), your natural role in a team and best-fitting careers for you.

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.