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Small or Big Company, Does it matter for HR career
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Chrm Message From: nethra_khushi Total Posts: 20 Join Date: 07/02/2007
Rank: Executive Post Date: 06/04/2009 10:09:15 Points: 100 Location: United States

Dear All,

Does working in small company (headcount wise) affect the growth and skills development of HR as compare to working in a big company? If it does, what are the points on which HR working in small company may lack/benefits as compare to HR working in big company?

Views, thoughts, experiences are welcomed.

Thanks a lot!


Chrm Message From: saheb Total Posts: 16 Join Date: 07/02/2007  
Rank: Executive Post Date: 08/04/2009 10:05:55 Points: 80 Location: United States

The weightage that the brand of a big co. carries, gives the career a huge push. In addition, working in a big co. helps in building a multi-faceted professional personality by providing cross functional exposure.

Chrm Message From: zaal Total Posts: 18 Join Date: 07/02/2007  
Rank: Executive Post Date: 08/04/2009 10:08:02 Points: 90 Location: United States


I feel it matters depending on what we are looking for. A brand gives you more macro exposure, and makes one more employable. But learning is better in places which are yet to become brand, as one grows with the organisation, can also be a part of lots of building up stuff.

A junior person can learn in a non brand and then move on to a brand.Or if other way can learn the processes and work flow from a good organisation and then go about implementing the same in not so big brands in later stage of career.



Chrm Message From: adroit Total Posts: 22 Join Date: 07/02/2007  
Rank: Executive Post Date: 08/04/2009 10:11:00 Points: 110 Location: United States

In my 18 years of experience, twice I have switched from over Rs 500 crores companies to Rs 8 crore companies. On both occasions the transition and the contributions we as a team and me as an individual has been able to make have been very good. In smaller companies, we were able to implement many norms / practices / strategies etc - which otherwise were perceived to be belonging to big companies alone - for example business plan, budgets, productivity norms, reward systems - I can keep listing many.

Summary: My experience is that it does not matter if the company is small or big, if you and everyone have a definitive role to play and contributions to make, that's what matters - nothing else. In my case I have been following a simple and measurable yardstick - of contributing my CTC back to the company in the form of my contributions - measurable, year after year.



Chrm Message From: tania Total Posts: 26 Join Date: 07/02/2007  
Rank: Executive Post Date: 08/04/2009 10:12:06 Points: 130 Location: United States

In small organisations dependency on individual is high, this is the reason responsibility is high, if responsibilty is high then certainly growth has to to be high. Where as in large organisations systems are in place and organisations are less dependent on individuals. In other words they are driven by process.

Warm Regards,


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