FINANCE AND ACCOUNTING CAREER IN A SMALL BUSINESS OR LARGE BUSINESS? WHICH IS BETTER?
If you work for a small-to-mid business and are contemplating a position in a large enterprise company OR if you work for a large organization and have been thinking about transitioning your accounting and finance career to a much smaller company, you may be asking yourself – which would be better for me?
The general belief is small-to-mid size businesses employ less than 500 employees while enterprise-sized organizations employ 500 or more. To help you determine which environment works best for you, ask yourself the following large business vs. small business questions:
Large Business – Yes or No?
- Want access to broader career opportunities?
In a large company, there is greater opportunity to transfer to another department or company division and expand your experience and knowledge through a wide range of disciplines, from accounting and finance to operations or business development.
- Interested in an established company and climbing its corporate ladder?
With more structure, larger organizations have more rungs in the corporate ladder to climb. If your plan is to steadily build and advance your career for the long haul, a large company will likely be more suited to you.
- Dream of working in another state or abroad?
If you work for a global enterprise with domestic and international locations, there’s potential you could transfer to another part of the country or world.
- Are greater benefits and perks important to you?
The larger the company, the better the opportunity for great employee benefits and perks, such as better insurance options, profit-sharing, onsite fitness centers and classes, subsidized cafeterias, dry-cleaning drop-off and pick-up, and more.
Small Business – Yes or No?
- Desire greater job responsibilities beyond the typical job description?
In a small company there is a better chance of taking on more responsibilities in your area of expertise, which means in addition to being challenged professionally, you have an opportunity for more immediate management recognition.
- Does a less rigid environment appeal to you?
Due to its flatter organizational structure, small companies tend to be less formal and more relaxed than big companies.
- Want to pitch your ideas and be heard?
With fewer corporate layers in place, you have easier access to upper management to present, collaborate, get direction, provide status and launch your great business idea.
- Are you a “risk taker” who prefers the setting and culture of a start-up company
Some small companies are start-ups that have an energy that is palpable and motivational, setting a vibe that invigorates employees and gives them a sense of empowerment.
In your accounting or finance career, matching your professional goals and personality with the advantages of a small or large business will help you determine which setting works best for you. If you value certain benefits and perks and the excitement of national and international prospects, a large organization is likely a good fit for you. On the other hand, if you find an intimate office setting with opportunities for greater empowerment and immediate access to executive leadership appealing, you may be better-suited for a small business environment. Inquire what the company has to offer you, weigh the pros and cons and make the decision that best meets your needs.
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