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Are you better suited for a bigger company or a smaller one? You may not consider the two very different initially, but upon further inspection, they’re worlds apart. And it’s important to know which is best for you when making a career decision. After 25-plus years of combined recruitment experience, we’ve placed countless people like you into both big and small companies, and the following is what you can expect from either setting.

A bigger company doesn’t always mean you’ll make a lot more money, but it does mean you’ll often gain access to outstanding training resources. For career development, it’s hard to argue the merits of a large company with a familiar brand. Aside from the career resources you’ll gain access to (including continuing education opportunities and paid certifications training), working for a larger brand affords you much greater networking opportunities.

Larger companies have the manpower it takes to create specialized job functions. That means you’ll gain enormous experience in whatever you’re specializing in, but know that it comes at the expense of gaining other valuable career experience. Everything has its trade-offs.

Quite possibly the greatest part of working for a bigger company is the enhanced job security. That doesn’t mean you can’t expect job security at a smaller company though. Be sure to ask about company turnover in any interviewer to get a sense of how long people stick around for.

And life at a smaller company comes with its own benefits not shared by larger company employees. Most importantly, the opportunity to progress quickly will seldom ever be comparable. You can advance upward in a smaller company exponentially faster than a larger one.

You’ll also be expected to wear multiple hats, which may bother you if you’re looking to become an expert in any one specific field. But by wearing multiple hats, you’ll evolve into a much more well-rounded candidate with the kind of experience that can really open your playbook when you’re ready to start looking at other career opportunities.

The pros and cons of each setting will vary by person. It’s not a black and white decision and many people can appreciate the benefits of both settings. For finance and accounting professionals, this decision can often boil down to public or private industry.

For more information on choosing between public and private, click here.

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