5 reasons why you should work for a start-up company
I have talked in a previous post about the fact that when job hunting, salary isn’t the only thing you should think about. The size of the company you want to work for is also important. There has been a lot of press coverage recently about the number of new companies that are starting-up over the past few years so why should you work for one of them?
It gives you the chance to mould the company
When a company is relatively new, it is often still finding its feet in terms of methodology and identity. The people who are there in the early stages will be the ones who help to create those things.
You will use and gain a variety of skills
With a new company it is often all hands to the pumps. Although you might have quite a specific focus in terms of your main job, you will often find yourself taking on other responsibilities as well. This can be a great way of gaining experience in new areas that you would be unable to achieve otherwise.
Flexibility and benefits
Large, multinational companies are often unable to offer flexibility in terms of hours etc and have set processes that have to be followed. The benefits on offer also tend to be the usual pension, healthcare etc. With start-ups this is less likely to be the case as things are easier to adjust on a smaller scale and there are no precedents to worry about. Also the benefits on offer can be tailored and unique to the people working there.
As long as the company is successful, this can be a fantastic advantage. How many people leave their current role because there is no-where for them to go? If you are one of the first employees then it increases your chances of progression; when the time comes for expansion, promotions are likely to come from within rather than externally.
New companies still have a passion about them and a sense that anything is possible, leading to a buzz in the office. This isn’t always the case with more established companies as their trajectory is more established.
There can be more of a risk in joining a start-up, you don’t know if they will be successful or not. That said, even established companies can fail. When job hunting, don’t dismiss a new company out of hand as it could be a missed opportunity.
Victoria Watkins is Office Manager here at Corriculo Ltd. After working as a Recruitment Consultant for 5 years she moved to Office Management for an IT consultancy 6 years ago. Victoria was one of the first members of our team and deals with all of our administration and accounts. Connect with her on LinkedIn, Twitter or Google+