Working In A Big Corporation vs A Small Business. - Tily Times

Working In A Big Corporation vs A Small Business.

Heard the saying “The world is your oyster”? It basically means, you control what you wanna do. You choose what makes you happy and you decide which opportunities to grab. Sounds easy right? Most of the time, yes but sometimes life throws us a curveball which leaves us wondering what do we do? 

Using the sea world as an allegory, one of the more challenging situations we come across in life is whether to choose to be a fish in a fish bowl or a fish in an aquarium. Both have their perks and downsides. And with Traitily’s guide, hopefully we can help you make a decision to make the world your oyster.

Yellow Submarine

Working in a big corporation brings forth alot of perks which can range from company insurance that covers hospitalization (and even dental) to company sponsored car pools. Bigger companies also tend to give out better salary packages which include annual (sometimes quarterly) bonuses. Remember all those images of well stocked work pantries with vending machines and canteens/cafeterias? Yup, you’d normally find them in larger entities. Some even offer a daily food rebate and free caffeine kicks when needed. Another good aspect of working in a big corporation? An endless stream of social support which comes in the form of annual dinners and team buildings where you get to meet and exchange ideas/experiences with everyone else in the company. Don’t forget, having a good social life is essential for your mental wellbeing. 


Larger workplaces tend to offer a better environment for growth, either vertical or horizontal. Your actions are recognized and rewarded plus you have a better opportunity for developing your skills (particularly your T skills) as you have a vast pool of seniors/mentors to guide you. In a smaller corporation, you normally have to play a Jack-of-all-trades role. You can be a Customer Service Executive and do a Marketing and an IT role at the same time. That’s not saying it’s a bad thing. It really depends on how you look at it. Sometimes having to do many jobs at once builds character and expands your skills and experience thus making a more colourful resume. 

Under The Sea

The problem with being a fish in a huge aquarium? You are one of many and that’s just the fish. Don’t forget that you have to compete with the other creatures living in the aquarium for food, oxygen and basically survival. The same thing in the real world. Working in a larger entity usually means there is stiff competition all around you and every day is an episode of Squid Game. You have to work extra hard to get recognized and you have to jump higher to reach for the stars. Smaller entities means you are free to experiment and move relatively at your own pace (to a certain degree of course) and your efforts are easily recognized. Plus, the rules of the game are usually just a bit more lax in a small organization since you are a smaller world. 


What makes a good sandcastle? Proper structure and stability. And this is exactly what you would find in a big company backed by years of experience. If you’re looking for job security and you like things to be in a very ordered manner, then working for larger corporations is for you. Provided you’re willing to put in the hours of course. Smaller businesses tend to be more informal in their runnings and a little more laidback when it comes to enforcement. Which works for some but not for everyone. 
So there you have it, Traitily’s guide on what it’s like to work in different sized companies. To successfully navigate your way in our ever evolving modern ocean, do head on over to our website, take our FREE assessments and discover your OCEAN (Openness, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness and Neuroticism) traits.

Remember, don’t just be another fish in the ocean.

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