The Cost of Starting Something New

If you’ve ever been a part of a large outfit, Fortune 500, massive corporate structure, or mega brand, you’re familiar with having things done for you.

Not in a bad way. There are serious perks that come to working with a structured company that you typically don’t see if you’re on your own or in a startup environment — benefits, structured and thorough processes, stability here and there, and so on.

At Spire, we’ve worked with many candidates who are at a crossroads in their careers - Do they jump from the startup culture and wade into the world of a large corporate outfit? Tired of the big business and looking to explore the world of something new?

This is becoming a more regular topic in conversation with the millennial generation. From a recruiter’s perspective, it’s important to pick up on these types of conversation with candidates. Having knowledge of where a candidate is a truly “good fit” can really help you narrow down the search — and help them get to where they’ll perform best and feel the most at home.

So, here are few comparing and contrasting thoughts when it comes to stepping away from big business that we try to keep in mind for those searching:

Roles & Responsibilities

Big Business: When it comes to working on a multi-functional team you typically have “swim lanes” or your own specific role within a larger team to perform in. You tend to focus and become proficient in a handful of things.

  • Specialized role in the business with limited function in other departments

  • Clear definition of roles and reporting

  • Structured environments

  • Ladders of leadership

  • Slow change

Startup: Starting something on your own requires you to wear every hat. You won’t necessarily have the time to specialize, but rather your approach is now going to turn you into a multi-disciplinary professional.

  • Exposure to multiple/all avenues of business

  • Access to leadership in (typically) direct or 1:1

  • Opportunity to wear many hats

  • Fast growth into leadership position

These are probably the biggest things you’ll have to navigate when you’re going from Big Business to a startup or the other way around.

Asking these types of questions about current situations is imperative from our side as recruiters.

We recorded an episode of The Spirecast on the subject to pair with this post. You can listen here: