You’re a fresh graduate. You have high hopes for your future career. You are already eyeing the biggest companies today and imagining yourself working in an office at the 34th floor or something, being all corporate and businesslike every day. While there is nothing wrong in wanting to work for a large corporation, you should be aware of the pros and cons of working for one so you can gauge which environment you would be more comfortable in.
Probably the biggest advantage that attracts a lot of job seekers in wanting to work for big company are the benefits like health insurance, allowances, big signing bonuses, plus other incentives that could be given to them for a job well done. Let’s face it, who wouldn’t want a good-paying job at a prestigious company right after graduation?
However, while this might be attractive, you should know that everything comes with a catch. There are companies who give out really big signing bonuses but it is entailed with a big responsibility. The reason they give signing bonuses is that they want to make sure that you are going to hold your end of the deal, and your end of the deal is usually to stay a specific number of years or else you’ll have to return the entire amount of the signing bonus. Just think of it this way, for them to provide a large signing bonus means that they really want you to last for at least a year or two, and that they know there’s a possibility that you will want out of the company before that happens.
Another reason a lot of people want to work for big corporations is the prestige. Somehow people take pride in telling other people where they work, like they feel more important to the company than they actually are. Some people just want to be able to say that they work for that particular company, regardless of their position. We can’t blame them. There are a lot of people who go through life thinking that the name of the company you work in is as important as your role in it.
While it may be true of some companies, there are also some monster companies that won’t even acknowledge your existence. There are companies where you are merely a dot in a big universe of employees nationwide. In some cases, even if your existence is acknowledged, it would still be difficult most of the time for you to be seen or heard. And if ever you do get heard, there is still no assurance that your opinion would matter or would even have an impact to the decisions the company will make.
We always see a lot of people who are successful in big companies and who have been working there for 5 years onwards. Seeing this inspires a lot of us to do the same. This is one of the nicest advantages of working for a big companyâ€”long-term security. Especially if your position is a technical one and you already have a set career path, working for a big and stable company will ensure you of your future.
But that also means doing the same or similar job possibly for the rest of your life. Yes, you will have to undertake different roles from time to time, but if you have a really technical job, chances are you will have to stick with it until your retirement.
Knowing these pros and cons, you should find it easier to decide whether or not it would be a good career move for you to go after a big company.
To help you further with planning your career, you might also enjoy reading the following articles:
1. 4 Steps to Planning Your Career Successfully
2. Interview Tips for the First Time Job Seekers
3. Important Tips For People Who Are Considering A Career Change