Pros and Cons of Working for a Small Company

As each year passes, the dynamic of the “traditional workplace” is rapidly changing. The corporate jobs still have their perks, but working for a small company is now becoming more and more desirable. This week, we wanted to go over some of the pros and cons of working for a smaller company.

Pro – Your voice will always be heard.

In smaller companies, there are less people and less red tape to deal with in order to get an idea, frustration, or concern heard.  Think about how refreshing it would be to walk into the CEO’s office with an idea and have it implemented tomorrow. In a small business, this is possible.

Con – There is not as much job security.

Part of the risk of working for a smaller company is the possibility that a series of bad-performing months can put the company’s head underwater fast. The pressure can add up!

Pro – You’re an integral part of the company’s success.

In a small company, you’re depended upon. You have a purpose, and you must always perform at the highest level. For some, this is the fire needed to propel motivation to work each day.

Con – No one, I mean no one, is above intern-caliber work.

Just because you’re part of a small company doesn’t mean the menial tasks like buying office supplies or doing data entry/payroll go out the window. Someone has to do it. Often times, it’s the highest person in the company. So if you’re willing to join, get ready to do the intern-work, in addition to your job functions. Which brings us to our next pro…

Pro – You receive more quality and diverse experience when working for a small company.

Working for a small company means wearing a lot of hats. Sure, your title may be “recruiter,” but you might also become the “help desk” person of the organization, or learn a thing or two about web development. This dynamicity can look good on your resume for a future role, and will better-equip you to deal with curveballs.

Con – There are often limited resources.

One of the cool things about working for a larger company is being treated to “the perks.” The free company cruises, the outrageous expense accounts. Bigger companies can hire on 10 people and fire 8 and still, somehow, turn a profit. This is something that just doesn’t happen in smaller companies.

Pro – Mobility to evolve into different roles.

When a company is first starting out, there will be a plethora of needs and only a few people to fill those needs. So if you’re itching to try something new, a small company just might be able to afford you that opportunity.

Con – If you choose to leave a small company, there is more personal pressure.

Hiring someone in a small company is no easy decision. When somebody leaves a small company, the hole they leave behind is much bigger than the hole you leave behind if you leave a larger company. And with 58% of millennials expecting to leave their company in 3 years or less, this is something to keep in mind.

So whether you decide on working for a big or small company, know the benefits and drawbacks of each. Best of luck to you with your job search! If you’re looking for a sales or recruiting role, check out our current openings at We have openings with both big and small companies!

Happy holidays, everyone!

Kate Jacoutot

Spire Workforce Solutions, 5575 Peachtree Dunwoody Road Northeast, Building C, Suite 240, Sandy Springs, GA, 30342, United States