In my previous role, I worked for a large, international company who employed thousands of people worldwide. It offered great benefits, great work life balance and the people I worked with were fun and sociable. As much as I enjoyed working at the company, a year and a half into working there, I found myself unsatisfied.
Because the company I worked for was fairly large, all the roles were quite specialized. There was a person hired for each function, so I felt like I was doing the same thing day in and day out. This might not be a bad thing for some people, but I personally like diversity in my work. This was the first thing I felt dissatisfied with. I’m sure not all large companies are this way, but the majority of large companies are because this makes operations smoother and more efficient.
The second thing I started to question was my growth in the company. I think a lot of people who work in large organizations think about the likelihood of a promotion given there are so many people competing for the same spot. Competition isn’t a bad thing and if it’s a position that you really want, it shouldn’t discourage you from working for it and making that your goal. My situation though, was that I didn’t want the next promotion. The next role was a supervisory role, and it wasn’t what I wanted for myself long term. I wanted the role that came with the next 2 or 3 promotions - which was a training position. I know, I know. I can’t expect to skip a few steps because I’m afraid of hard work, but I thought about the time investment versus the reward, and to me, it wasn’t worth it. I knew that I would be ready for that ideal promotion in just a year or two, but because of how the company was structured, there were extra levels I needed to be promoted to before I could get there. In large companies, it’s common to have so many levels (). You have your junior staff, intermediate staff, senior staff, specialists, managers, departmental heads, VPs, executives, etc etc. In smaller companies, the structure is much flatter and it’s possible to achieve your goals faster.
The third reason I wanted to work for a smaller company was because I wanted to make a difference. When I worked for large companies, even though the work I did was helping our customers, I felt like I was just a cog in a machine. This might be my ego talking, but I wanted to feel important. I wanted to feel like I was an integral part of a team, that I was making a difference by being there - and in a large company, no matter how strong of a performer I was, I never quite got that feeling.
Don’t get me wrong, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with working for a large company. There are tons of benefits (as I pointed out earlier), but it just wasn’t right for me. The things I talk about here are characteristics I value deeply in a job and career. Changing jobs and careers shouldn’t be taken lightly, but the best indication of whether or not you should start looking, is asking yourself if you’re truly happy where you are.
By the way, I used to work as a recruiter for 3 years. If you want to ask a questions about your job search, resume, interviewing skills or anything of the kind, leave a message below or shoot me an email !