Startup vs. Major Company: How Workers Can Make the Choice

Startup vs. the Majors: How Workers Can Make Best Choice

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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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