Size Matters: Sometimes Smaller is Better

No, not that kind of size- this is a career blog after all. Today we are talking about company size and how bigger isn't always better. It is a lot like a college class. If you are in a survey course with 100 other students how much individual attention are you likely to get? Will the professor even know your name? 
The same is true in your job. If you are just 1 out of a 100 people in your department do you think your boss is going to notice that great new idea you had? Will you even have the opportunity to share it?

It gets even better. Not only will a smaller firm give you and your work greater visibility, there are also a few little thought of perks to the little guys. So, if you don't want to get lost in a sea of cubicles a smaller firm might just be for you. 

Flexible Environment:
If formal attire is not your thing you should consider a smaller company. Many small firms often allow casual Friday type wear all week-long, in addition to being a more generally relaxed atmosphere. Hours also tend to be more flexible when you opt to work for a smaller company. Things like telecommuting and job sharing are always more likely to be found when all the employees know each other on a first name basis.

Corporate Kitchens:
Don't laugh. Food is serious business, and a happy employee is a productive employee. Small offices are usually stocked with free snacks or weekly take-out meals during company outings and events. I know of one person who has yet to buy a lunch in over three years!

Time and Money On Your Side:
Another bonus is the extra paid time off, tuition reimbursement and annual bonuses. These all are more common among smaller businesses where company loyalty means more.

So the next time someone asks you if size matters, tell them yes. Smaller can be better.