WANTED: Practical, flexible, quick to learn, willing to “jump in with both feet” and doesn’t expect special treatment. These are the requirements of successful employees at a small start-up company.
I recently came across the below article written by George Arison (formerly of Google). He reminded me of advice my father had given me when first starting my career.
My Dad’s advice:
1) Build a base knowledge with a well-established larger corporation (which in my case was Eastman Kodak Company and AT&T).
2) Progress towards a smaller enterprise to accelerate your career.
This strategy has taken me around the world and has enabled me to move from sales to marketing management. It is impossible to be all things to all people. No one can do it all. But George is correct: Take what you learn from the big boys and apply those best practices to your new enterprise to watch it grow.
Advantages of working for a smaller company in my opinion:
- • Promotion opportunities and job satisfaction are often higher with small companies.
- • A higher profile – you aren’t a small fish in a big pond, so if you perform well this will be noticed. (On the other hand, if you perform badly, there will be nowhere to hide!)
- • Variety, early responsibility, the opportunity to work on your own initiative, to work closely with other people (including senior management
- • Flexibility to get involved in a number of different tasks and functions: job roles are often less rigidly defined.
- • A working environment that may be more informal and less bureaucratic
- • Feeling that you are making a real contribution
Take a moment to read George’s article on the benefits of working for a large corporation and what small companies can learn
Leaving a giant like Google to launch a startup doesn’t mean starting from scratch. Some of the big boys’ systems and policies are worth integrating no matter what size your business is.