If you are in a career in technology, you have probably faced this dilemma when it comes to which company to work for.
People often find it hard to turn down an offer from a big tech company over a startup that people do not even know about. In fact most people prefer to work at either one of the big tech companies say, Facebook, Apple, Amazon or Google. A hot new startup like Zoom for instance, is also becoming a favorite choice for people when it comes to choosing which company to work for. I am personally guilty of this, but oh well over time I have come to learn, that there is more to a name, and these companies have different pros and cons.
We are going to have a look at the pros of each of the two options and hopefully this helps you decide which company is for you!
Pros of working at a startup
1. You Get More Opportunities of Career Growth
Startups offer more opportunities for promotion/career growth. See, being part of a startup means you get recognized through not only your work but people also get to interact with and know you personally. (An advantage of having smaller teams)These same people are the ones who make decisions on promotion or career advancement hence most definitely if such an opportunity comes up you will be considered.
This is unlike working at big tech companies where there are many employees in managerial positions and such opportunities for growth are low and even when they open up, you still find yourself so low in the food chain.
2. You are Able to Work in Different Tech
Working at a startup, I was able to work with different technologies on different projects. Most of the time I found myself doing full- stack work and as a result got to learn a lot of different technologies, for instance I was able to use Firebase, MySql, React, Vue and Jetadmin and that’s just a number of what I learnt in a short period!
While this can be an advantage, it can also be a disadvantage depending on where you are in your career. For someone who is just getting started it helps you figure out your interests and also learn what you enjoy doing. Personally, I discovered, that I enjoy doing frontend work more. If you are someone who enjoys working on different projects and explore, this could also be for you!
3. You Get to Have More Ownership of a Project.
Big Tech Companies have many employees and as a result tend to have a lot of projects going on. Being part of a big team, you find yourself working on smaller tasks in the hope of contributing to a bigger goal of the company.
This is the opposite in startups. See, this fall I worked at a startup and I was able to take on whole projects by myself even if I was just an intern! Through this experience, I got to learn a lot of things faster, something which would rarely happen if I had been just a small contributor in a bigger company.
Pros of working in Big Tech
1. You Get Brand Recognition.
I remember in college, there was this emphasis that getting an internship from one of the big tech was something so tremendous because that meant that it would be easier to land a job post graduation. See, these companies already have a name/brand which is respected and hence having either of them on your resume means that you get to have a lot of more opportunities in terms of job search or even higher education opportunities. Smaller companies/startups do not give you this kind of recognition.
2. You Get More Stability.
Big companies are essentially more stable. Rarely would you find yourself getting worried about being laid off or not getting paid. See, they are less likely to downsize or even go out of business!
Startups on the hand are not stable, which means a company might go out of business any day. Some employees are sometimes even forced to go without pay.
Living in unprecedented times, especially due to the pandemic, we have witnessed people lose jobs and the rate of unemployment has been an all time high! You would definitely want more job security!
3. You Get More Mentorship Opportunities.
Big tech companies have some of the best talent out there when it comes to their workforce. And yes, working with them means that you will have a better chance of learning from these brilliant minds. You also get to be mentored in your career by them.
Moreover, you often find that these companies have mentorship programs unlike startups where you mostly have to figure things out on your own.
At the end of the day, the choice of which company to work for is something personal and it all depends on your preferences and what fit best works for you.
So which company would you prefer to work for? Feel free to air your views on the comments:)