Some folks are cut out for start-ups and would wilt in a large Fortune 500 environment. Others would find the unpredictability of not knowing if your job will be here next month too nerve wracking and prefer a more stable (if there is such a thing) organization. Loose office environment with fluid definitions of employees’ roles or a work environment where roles are known and defined – which do you prefer?
Knowing yourself and how you match a certain company’s culture can help ensure a good fit. Even though a position may appear to be the same on paper at two different companies, the fact that the roles are at two different companies will make them very different. Think about it, no two families are exactly the same – even though the families may live on the same block, make the same salary, have the same number of members…they still are unique. The same holds true for employers.
A good article on CNBC.com explores some considerations as to whether you are better suited for a role at a start-up versus an established company. While not comprehensive in all the items to consider, it is a good starting point from which to evaluate in what environment will you flourish.