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How to Leave a Big Company for a Smaller One

There are a variety of differences between a big company and a smaller one. If you have made a decision to leave employment at your current job for a new position at a smaller company, then you need to consider these factors—possible changes and getting prepared for the transition. This article will address those factors and provide tips on making the transition.

Understand the Possible Changes

The process begins with first understanding the possible changes you may encounter along the way, through the transition, to the new employment at the smaller company. There are both positive and negative factors which are listed below.

Positive Factors

  • Company Agility – Smaller companies are typically more agile in regard to the ebb and flow of getting changes and innovations implemented more quickly than larger companies. This can be a positive aspect of change that you can look forward to.
  • Familiarity with Coworkers – You will most likely experience a different workplace atmosphere at a smaller company than the corporate-like setting that you were used to. There will be more familiarity with coworkers and you will have more day to day contact with the majority of employees in the company.
  • Success is More Visible – In a smaller company, your successes become more visible to management and this can lead to promotions, pay raises and various job recognition and awards.
  • Responsibilities are More Varied – Contrary to the job-specific tasks and departments of a corporate office, working in a smaller company often times leads to employment positions with a variety of daily tasks.

Negative Factors

  • Company Structure – Smaller companies are generally less rigid in rules and regulations than larger corporations. There are still company policies to follow, but many times there is more of a give and take between employer and employee.
  • Not as Good Benefits – This is not always the case. However, many larger companies offer a better, more comprehensive benefits package than smaller employers, due to obvious reasons of costs.
  • More Relationship Issues – As a result of working with fewer people in a closer working environment, smaller companies run the risk of dealing with negative employee relationship conflicts more often.
  • Failure is More Visible – With a smaller workforce, you will stand out more and your work is easily judged and on display. This can become a negative factor for you if you fail at a job task.
  • No Legal or HR Dept. – Smaller companies often times do not have large legal or HR departments as resources for employees. This means that employees are more likely to have to deal with workplace issues without representation. 

Get Prepared for the Change

The second factor involves preparing for the change. You will need to get prepared physically, mentally and emotionally.

  • Physically – You will need to begin the process of transitioning by submitting your notice, finishing up current work tasks and possibly training a replacement employee.
  • Mentally – Take the time to carefully review the information disseminated here and ascertain which specifics apply to your life. Then begin the task of mentally processing everything that will need to be done to execute a smooth transition.
  • Emotionally – This transition will take a toll on you, but it doesn’t have to affect you in a negative manner if you are already emotionally prepared for all the changes.

Leaving a big company to work for a smaller one is a decision that needs to be made with careful consideration. There are some basic factors to consider as described in this article. You must fully understand the possible changes that will occur. Then the process begins of physically, mentally and emotionally preparing yourself for the transition.


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