Start-up v Corporate, which do you prefer?
Helen Anderson Oct 8 Updated on Nov 17, 2018
In the software world, there are some very strong opinions on 'Corporate Life'.
Some Start-ups want to stay that way forever, moving on new projects fast, having everyone in the company across all things from strategy to the snacks in the break room. Becoming a Corporate is bad, staying a start-up forever is good. Or is it?
- You can be a Generalist
- For better or worse, your contribution makes a big impact
- You need to self-teach, and learn fast
- The path to promotion can be short and quick
- Long hours to get the project done
- Small teams make collaboration easy
- More room to experiment
- You can be a Specialist
- Your manager tells you what to work on
- Training is often provided
- Hierarchies can be rigid and the bureaucracy can be stifling
- You leave work at work
- Bigger teams mean you can learn from many people
- A big brand on your CV
What's your preference? Is the Corporate world really a bad thing or should we strive to hold on to the Start-up culture?