Should I Work For a Startup or a Larger Company?Tony Zingale, Chairman and CEO, Jive Software
What kind of company should you choose when starting your career? Zingale recommends that if presented with basically equivalent jobs in a startup versus a more established company new workers go with the large firmwith "eyes wide open." He points out that larger companies are more likely to train you, especially by offering a view into how an effective business works. Once you have taken the time to build your experience and prove your competence, you have a platform to make a great choice about what you want to do more: :If you were to ask me, I'm a young graduate: start-up company or more established company? If you could have your choice, compensation is the same, role is kind of the same, which would you pick? My view is ... go to the larger company ...first . Unless it's an incredible, entrepreneurial idea of your you're working with a colleague or friend and you think this is the next big thing, I can understand that. But generally speaking, I would lean towards ... go to the larger company; the job offer from Google or Intel or EMC or, you know, you name Go there. And go in -- eyes wide open, watch it all. In addition to being great at your job --- remember I said focus and be great at one thing --- take it all in, and then you have a sound platform to say: What do I want to do next, I, I see how marketing really works, I see how product development really works, I, I see how company management or how executives run their Now if I go and become an entrepreneur or CEO of a start-up company or a line executive, I have a little bit of knowledge from my own personal experience in what that takes so my,,, my view is always a little more tilted towards ... spend a little time there in a great company with really smart people.