Should I work in a large corporation or startup?

Whether working in a large corporation or start-up always stirs up controversy. People often said it depends on each person’s characteristics and personalities. Different type of people fit in different working mode undoubtedly. The following paragraphs are going to analyse the benefits and drawbacks between starting from scratch and working in large companies.

First of all, roles and responsibility are one of the major concerns to decide what suits a person better. New companies often require employees to be capable of doing different types of tasks such as marketing analysis, coding, customer service etc. As a result, employees working in the start-up usually has greater personal growth and acquire more transferable skills than those working in large companies. It is believed that these skills can not only enrich individuals’ CV but also have more thorough understandings on data analysis and content creation. Nevertheless, established companies usually assign specific roles to individuals, for example, specific problems are diverted to people or teams with specific sets of skills. In another word, large corporations tend to use the system of division of labour, which is a double-edged sword. Good news is that employees can focus on their work completely without the interference from other radical different tasks. The down side is that the workers may lose motivation on learning new skills and knowledge to tackle unforeseeable future challenges.

In addition, personalities determine if a person is more suitable for start-up or not. People who are successful in doing start up are commonly seen to have dedication and willing to sacrifice their rest time and efforts to tackle unexpected hindrances. Besides, what makes start-up differ from established organisations’ employees is the mindset during work. Start-up companies are looking for people that can “think outside the box” while established organisations anticipate their workers to comply with the instructions and some frameworks. Apart from that, start-up workers also need to have strong mentality to tolerate extremely heavy workload and numerous failures in comparison to people working in large companies. Therefore, not everyone is equipped with the characteristics to be an entrepreneur or a start-up employee.

Last but not least, job stability and flexibility are required to be taken into account. In fact, the vast majority of people tends to stay in comfort zone instead of running risks in start-up companies. Because stable income and occupations can ensure the endorsement to the family expenses and quality of living. For instance, there is research suggesting that 90% of start-up businesses fail within the first three years upon the establishment. If individuals chose to work for start-up company, they would need to bear their own risks of losing the jobs when their companies shut down. Moreover, start-up companies’ employees receive relatively lower income due to the financial limitation. However, flexibility is the most appealing benefit seen in start-up companies, which can allow people to work from home and have shorter work weeks under some circumstances. Because these companies try to accommodate different people’s lifestyles in order to maximise the employees’ working efficiency. Although some people prefer having more flexible schedules, some workers can lack the motivation and self-discipline to finish their work on deadlines. This phenomenon is less likely to be seen in large companies as the workers’ progress is monitored by their managers or seniors. Therefore, less flexibility is allowed in large companies.

To conclude, everyone should evaluate their abilities and circumstances thoroughly before making decisions on their future occupations. Everyone is unique, so there is no right or wrong to choose one over the other.

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