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  • Writer's picturePatricia Lopez de Andujar

Should I work for a Large Corporate or for an Entrepreneurial Business? Pros & Cons


As you navigate your career path, one important decision you'll face is whether to work for a large corporate or for an entrepreneurial business. Both options have their advantages and disadvantages, and your choice will depend on your personal goals, preferences, and values. In this blog, we'll explore the pros and cons of working for each type of business, so you can make an informed decision about which path to pursue.

Working for a Large Corporate Pros:

1. Benefits: Large corporations often offer their employees generous benefits packages, including health insurance, retirement plans, and paid time off. These benefits can make a significant difference in your quality of life and are one of the main reasons why some people choose to work for large corporations. 2. Career Development: Large corporations usually have well-defined career paths and offer opportunities for professional development and advancement. You may have access to training programs, mentorship, and other resources to help you grow your skills and knowledge, and climb the corporate ladder. This is not always the case in smaller entrepreneurial businesses which tend to lack established mentorship and development plans. Larger organisations also tend to have more opportunities coming up due to the size of the business. 3. Social Environment: Larger organisations have more employees which creates more opportunities for socialising and build a stronger social network through work. 4. Structure: Bigger businesses tend to have stronger structures in place. If you are the type of person who needs a solid structure in place around you and well-defined responsibilities, you might be more suited to working in a larger organisation.

Cons:

1. Bureaucracy: Large corporations can be slow-moving and bureaucratic, which can be frustrating if you're looking for a fast-paced, dynamic work environment. Decisions may take longer to make, and it may be difficult to get things done quickly. 2. Limited Autonomy: In a large corporate environment, your role may be narrowly defined, and you may not have much autonomy or control over your work. You may be required to follow strict processes and procedures, which can limit your creativity and innovation. 3. Less Personalised Attention: In a large corporation, you may be one of thousands of employees, which means that it may be harder to get individual attention or feedback from your managers. You may have to work harder to stand out and get noticed.


Working for an Entrepreneurial Business Pros:

1. Flexibility: Entrepreneurial businesses are often more flexible than large corporations, and may offer more opportunities to work remotely, work flexible hours, or have a say in your work schedule. You may also have more autonomy and control over your work, which can be empowering. 2. Innovation: Entrepreneurial businesses may be more innovative and dynamic than large corporations. You may have the opportunity to work on exciting projects and be part of a creative, forward-thinking team. 3. Personalised Attention: In an entrepreneurial business, you may have more direct access to the business owner or founder, and may receive more personalized attention and feedback. This can help you grow your skills and knowledge more quickly. 4. Career Development: I know I pointed “Career Development” as one of the advantages of working for a large corporation, however entrepreneurial businesses offer another type of “career development”. Whilst an entrepreneurial business might not be able to offer the number of opportunities provided within a larger structure, it is more likely to provide “big jumps” where an employee is able to make a jump in one go which might have taken them quite a few promotions within a larger organisation. It is also more likely within entrepreneurial businesses for employees to be given the chance to prove themselves outside of their area of expertise, which could do wonders for their career development. This is not so common within larger businesses, where they tend to have “experts” in each area and where it is more difficult for employees to broaden their responsibilities outside of their area of expertise.

Cons:

1. Risk: Entrepreneurial businesses can sometimes be riskier than large corporations, as they may be more susceptible to market fluctuations, changes in customer demand, or other external factors that can impact their success. If the business fails, your job may be at risk. 2. Limited Resources: Entrepreneurial businesses may have limited resources compared to large corporations, which means that even if you are in a senior strategic role, you should be ready to roll up your sleeves and not be precious about being involved in more operational matters. 3. Less structured environments: Whilst a less structured environment usually also comes with a more dynamic and flexible mindset, it might be daunting for professionals who are highly structured and who do not enjoy a slightly more chaotic set up.

In conclusion, there are pros and cons to working for both large corporations and entrepreneurial businesses. Your choice will depend on your personal preferences, values, and career goals. If you value stability and a well-defined career path, a large corporate might be the right decision for you. If, on the other hand, you are someone with a dynamic entrepreneurial mindset who is eager to make an impact and who gets frustrated with endless meetings and a slower decision-making process, an entrepreneurial environment might be perfect for you. The most important thing to do when faced with this dilemma is 1. To look at the pros and cons with your eyes wide open (sometimes this is hard to do when we get excited about an opportunity!) and 2. To look inside of you and truly understand what type of “professional animal” you are and what makes you happy.



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