Small business vs large business - what is right for you?

Small business vs large business – what is right for you? It’s a question we’re often asked by students, recent graduates or people changing career paths. Some of the main things that we recommend candidates think about are: training opportunities, career progression, type of work, and the culture.

In this video we discuss the benefits of working for small or large organisations to help you decide which is best for you.


The bigger firms are more structured and provide great gateway to start a career. Smaller businesses offer more hands on learning due to more exposure to partners and working alongside more senior staff members.

Career progression

Bigger firms have a strong structure and timeline of what it consists of to progress your career. Whereas smaller businesses have a more accelerated career path meaning you don’t always have to meet contracted needs of waiting a year to progress to another role if you’re already over achieving at that level. Essentially, you’re fast tracking your development.


When looking at the type of work you’ll be doing, the bigger firms are much more general in both functions and sectors. You’ve also got a very wide client base with big names to help the work moving forward. On the other hand, working at a smaller business gives you the entrepreneurial edge that comes with working in a smaller team, helping the growth of business.


When looking at the type of culture you might like to work with, bigger businesses are very professional and more corporate and diverse, which really helps when starting a new job. They also bring a more diverse workplace with larger international businesses. Whereas the smaller businesses tend to have a more relaxed culture, filled with more like-minded people and working autonomously is encouraged.

Anyway, that’s it for today. We hope this has been useful and we’d love to hear your opinions. If you’d like to get in touch, then please send us an email.

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