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Show Of Hands October 14th, 2013 1:14pm

Workplace Monday: assuming the same salary, would you rather work for a small company or a big company?

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thndrstrike Salinas, California
10/17/13 7:18 pm

Small. Unless it's for Google. Looks amazingly fun to work at Google.

camlop San Diego, CA
10/14/13 10:33 pm

Big so I can brag to people.

theNobamist straight lives matter
10/14/13 9:37 pm

Big company. Average fish in a large pond = stability.

pinkyusuck The Carribean. I wish.
10/14/13 7:37 pm

Small company as long as there's no favoritism.

10/14/13 8:27 pm

I am.

10/14/13 4:56 pm

I've tried both within the same industry and prefer neither. Know it's difficult to contemplate, at any age or economic level, but working for yourself is the way to go.

deathvalley Chicago native
10/14/13 3:52 pm

I feel like there's more room to grow in a big company.

evo Tampa
10/14/13 10:44 am

Big: The big question is what is the salary relative to position in each company? If we're assuming they both have the same starting salary, then it would seem obvious that big companies have more money to pay employees over the long run. Big for me

MarkIsAwesome Portland
10/14/13 9:57 am

a small company will allow me to have a bigger impact and more flexibility. I hope to start one stone day

eLucidate writing
10/14/13 9:38 am

With what I want to do, a larger company will help build my reputation a lot better than a smaller company could.

doctalk not all who wander r lost
10/14/13 4:35 pm

Unless your contribution turns the small
Company into a big one!!

theNobamist straight lives matter
10/14/13 9:39 pm

But if you're not a founder, you'll get a $1000 "thank you" certificate, while the execs get zillions in stock valuations. Better instead to be indispensable than innovative.

eLucidate writing
10/14/13 9:55 pm

I'm going to be consulting, so my contributions will more benefit the employees than the company's growth.

doctalk not all who wander r lost
10/15/13 2:17 pm

Yo No- it does not have to be that way. BUT if I were placing a bet.. I am on your side most of the time.

dudley northern Virginia woods
10/14/13 9:32 am

Small, but lots of big companies have so many compartments that it can be like a small company.

stefanie22 Cincinnati
10/14/13 9:21 am

They both have there advantages. However if I worked at a bigger company I'd be covered by more laws such as the family leave act that small biz are exempt from & might get a few more holidays & sick time

stefanie22 Cincinnati
10/14/13 9:22 am

But at the small company, I got a lot more responsibility a lot sooner than I would have at a large firm. There are only so many people so you get more opportunities

bluerum29 optimistic idealist
10/14/13 9:18 am

And very happy to have this Monday off, gotta love 4 day weekends

Zod Above Pugetropolis
10/14/13 8:42 am

I think there are often fewer opportunities to do something different in small companies. You do what you do and that's it. I don't want to do the same thing in the same place everyday, I want to try new departments and transfer to other places.

Rainey 633 Stag Trail Road
10/14/13 8:20 am

Having worked for both, the small company is much better.

doctalk not all who wander r lost
10/14/13 4:36 pm

Same experience. For me it is about work as my second family.

moonlightshadow love in the moonlight
10/14/13 8:15 am

I work at a hospital as a nurse if I could get the same pay working in a smaller hospital I would because Mondays ware me out and all I do when I get home is rest

jmz1202 Sacramento
10/14/13 8:10 am

I've worked at small and large. I prefer large. More professional opportunities at a large company.

EnderWiggin So disillusioned...
10/14/13 8:08 am

When a stupid decision comes from on high, it is nice to be able to go to their office and discuss it with them.

PeppyHare Do a barrel roll
10/14/13 7:55 am

I think it depends on the atmosphere. Personally I would like to work for a consulting firm with maybe 100 people in the office and 10 I work with closely.

rnm Illinois
10/14/13 7:54 am

Small, people get to actually know you

Br@ndon Your Soul
10/14/13 7:34 am

Why did so many people pick small? I'm interested.

PeppyHare Do a barrel roll
10/14/13 7:53 am

I've worked small and large... I liked the community of the small. People use large companies to punch their ticket and move on to another job... The turnover was insane.

cass95 Jesus 2022
10/14/13 7:33 am

I enjoy working for a very large company. The opportunity for growth is limitless.

jvc1133 61535
10/14/13 7:12 am

I enjoyed having a job

cato Santa Barbara, California
10/14/13 7:12 am

I've worked for large, small, and medium. I prefer mid sized (<5000 employees globally)

PeppyHare Do a barrel roll
10/14/13 7:53 am

Mid sized would be awesome. The resources of the large but with the atmosphere of the small still.

10/14/13 7:06 am

I've never liked working in small agencies/companies. I prefer a place that is big enough that employees can focus on the job they were hired for, and not have to pitch in on every issue.

dale41 Putting the FU in fun
10/14/13 7:06 am

Big company due to the fact that you can move up within the company, and the benefit package tends to be better.

EarlyBird Portland
10/14/13 6:54 am

I want to get in with a great, small company and help it grow. Lots of opportunity laying on the table!

gonzoboy Northern AZ
10/14/13 8:21 am

I like the way you think.

10/14/13 6:52 am

Depending on the position, it's more difficult to take sick or vacation days at a small company.

bluerum29 optimistic idealist
10/14/13 6:52 am

I'd prefer smaller because them I can have more influence on the way things are done

ScrewU Gone
10/14/13 6:47 am

It's not "workplace" Monday for most of us!

LochnessMonster Milky way
10/14/13 6:43 am

Both have great perks. Big company it's easier to stay under the radar but small companies care more about you.

akrealist a log cabin in the woods
10/14/13 7:10 am

Interviewer: And finally, Mr. Loch, we'd like to know the reason you chose to seek this position with XYZ Corp.

Loch: I'm glad you asked. I'm seeking the shelter of a mass of coworkers who may blur the obviousness of my performance deficiencies.

SaintAnger sumkindamonster
10/14/13 6:41 am

Depends on the pay.

BamaGirl ROLL TIDE from Texas
10/14/13 6:29 am

My experience at larger companies was generally more positive than at smaller.

Scrazzle Winter is Coming
10/14/13 6:29 am

Big company usually has better benefits.

rons Thanks America
10/14/13 6:27 am

I worked i such a large company I called the employees 200k migrant workers. Like congressmen they stay 2 yr and spend one looking for another position.

Liberty 4,032,064
10/14/13 6:27 am

Unless I'm related to or good friends with the owner, I'll take the larger company. There's much more opportunity to move up.

screename1 Alaska
10/14/13 6:22 am

I have this opportunity in my industry. I chose large several years ago because of the opportunities available without switching companies. The negative is that there are more rules/regulations. The positives outweigh the negatives though.

RepubIican South east
10/14/13 6:18 am

Big company.
With no risk of a change in salary, why NOT choose the company with great job security?

Statek Im from the Internet
10/14/13 6:20 am

A big business that's known can replace your position a lot easier than a small business

Tony SOH Founder
10/14/13 7:56 am

Smaller companies generally offer more flexibility, are less "employee handbook" driven, etc.

Statek Im from the Internet
10/14/13 6:16 am

Less rules/regulations and you have more power to influence the business and rise to the top with it if it succeeds

evo Tampa
10/14/13 10:46 am

I hate to point it out, but you're neglecting to include the much higher chance of it failing as well. Gotta look at it both ways

Statek Im from the Internet
10/14/13 11:08 am

The question says that the pay would be the same, indicating that both businesses would continue to pay you the same amount for the rest of the time you choose to work there, meaning they would both remain open and working

spicysteve M14D SBS
10/14/13 6:16 am

In a big company, there is a larger likelihood of promotions.