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7 tips for applying & working in corporations or startups: Where do employees win?

Working in StartUps sounds trendy and according to design possibilities, but group jobs promise maximum security. Which alternative is attractive for employees and what should you consider when choosing? 7 Tips at a glance.

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Small businesses vs. XXL companies: 7 differences

The middle class, say the numbers, is the backbone of the German economy and also Specialists without a university degree are more likely to be in the middle with company sizes between 100 and 500 employees. But where are the plus points if you leave this “golden mean” and orientate yourself on the margins?

Small business versus XXLCompany is this comparison and we have taken a closer look at the most important advantages and disadvantages - for example with regard to further development opportunities or employee rights. And start-ups are very quickly no longer that trendy. 7 points in direct comparison.

1. Community

For many, the workplace is more than just a place to perform. Because apart from achievement thoughts and career also the interpersonal is crucial in the job. For example, for 89 percent of all career starters, the good relationship with their colleagues is the most important criterion for retaining their employees. In general, a familiar relationship is high on the wish list of most employees.

Small businesses can of course score points here. Not only because a workforce of less than 25 people is more manageable, but because in such companies it is usually a bit more familiar, and not only in the craft. That definitely has advantages for the work, after all, every character has its own "rhythm". In the smallest business it is easily possible to know this cycle of all of your colleagues. Advantage of miniature operation!

2. Stress

Manageable clientele, more of a local focus. These two factors can lead one to believe that micro-businesses make it easier for employees when it comes to workloads. Unfortunately, the opposite is true. Because for companies of this small size, every order usually counts. The regionality ensures that Error usually spread quickly through word of mouth. And the stress level in startups is particularly high in the start-up phase, when it comes down to each individual employee.

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All this and the naturally small number of employees ensure that the workload of the individual employee in such companies is often quite high. Especially since the family atmosphere also means that the personal bond with the company is usually greater and a "no" is much more difficult. Completely different in a large company: Although here too the number of employees has been rationalized and the measures against stress are far from being optimal, the workload for the individual is usually less and the workload can also be distributed among more colleagues. Advantage big business!

3. change of location

Those who love professional equality should focus on small businesses. Although the small number of employees often requires assignments outside the field, most employees in this segment are focused on their traditional job with all the advantages and disadvantages, including when it comes to location. But that is exactly what can become a boomerang. If the life plan makes a change of location necessary, for example because the partner is being transferred. In small businesses are usually inevitable Termination and job search, because the company's headquarters are simply the only seat.

The large company can, however, make full use of all its advantages. The range of products offered by the industry giant Fielmann, for example, covers over one and a half thousand in-house job offers across Germany - no problem with well over 700 branches. At the tool giant Würth it looks similar in relation to its 450 branches. At the metal giant Thyssenkrupp, 660 positions across Germany are also waiting to be filled. In these and similar large companies, the motto “the bigger, the less location-dependent” actually applies to employees. Advantage big business!

4. Development opportunities

Long gone are the days when there were job descriptions in which innovations became relevant at intervals of several years or even longer. Because with computerization and its penetration of even the most traditional professions, the half-life of the necessary knowledge today is more in the range of several months, if at all.

Even if start-ups seem trendy at first glance, such innovations often bypass many employees of small businesses with their mostly very narrow areas of activity within the job. Also in the Further Training the employee is invested less. Of course, this is at the expense of your own professional qualifications: In case of doubt, a HR Give preference to those who have their finger on the pulse of the times not only through irregular courses, but also daily work.

Another advantage for the large company, because here alone most of the changes are made thanks to large RundD budgets. Where not, the first contact for innovations lies with the market giants of the industry. Advantage big business!

5. structures

From team leader to department manager to the next superior. Large German companies are doing a great deal to shorten the chain of command and implement flatter hierarchies. Quite successfully, because as the renowned Hans Böckler Foundation found out, in German medium-sized and large mechanical engineering companies, for example, entire 26 employees come to a supervisor; in Switzerland or the US, this ratio is much lower; the hierarchy piles up across the pond to 7,1 employees per supervisor.

However, this should not hide the fact that an enterprise with several thousand employees can never reach such a lean hierarchy with such short command chains as a ten-headed small business, in which the owner is also the only supervisor and does not have to cope with any lengthy adjustment. Here the result will always be: Advantage of miniature operation!

6. Salary and Co

Of course, a large company alone has huge salary costs because of the number of employees. However, it is a fact that the wages in such companies are usually much more exuberant than in the case of small business, even in sectors without fixed tariffs. First of all, it is because the qualification in the large company is by far the most important and good people can still be attracted and attracted by attractive salaries even today.

Moreover, the sales margins of large companies also allow the offering of various bonuses, where, for example, Christmas money flow, is in most cases in this country, a very strong-working company behind it. This financial power also extends to other areas: employee gyms, company child care, privately usable company vehicles are extremely rare in micro-enterprises, but are almost standard for many large companies. Advantage big business!

7. worker rights

Theory and practice are often very different in everyday German work. In theory, for example, a works council must be elected in every company with at least five permanent employees. In practice, it appears that, depending on the industry, in some cases only five out of every hundred micro enterprises have such a staff representation. The reasons are always the same:

  • Operation felt too small
  • Fear of negative consequences
  • Supervisor can be approached directly

In fact, however, this approach shows that workers are disadvantaged by this. In start-ups and micro-enterprises without works councils, two weeks per week are worked on statistically, even if there is no tariff binding in the industry.

It looks completely the other way around in large companies. Beyond the 500 permanent employees, only 25 percent of companies in which there is no works council are still well. And the further you go up, the thinner this low number will be. In the meantime, however, the works council is not just a standard for the very big, but it can also look back on extremely effective interlinking and thus be an effective link between company and employee interests in everyday life. Even SAP, who were the last DAX-listed group against founding until 10, was ultimately forced to do so by court order.

It must also be borne in mind that in large corporations, especially in industry, there is a much greater chance of having a form of union agreement, ie collective bargaining and / or working hours, which is often overridden by micro-enterprises. Advantage big business

Conclusion: big businesses at an advantage, but StartUps also have advantages

Would be this Items a soccer tournament, the commentators would call the end result "A clear victory". It is 2: 5 for large farms.

However, startups and small businesses are able to score points that are more family-oriented and the hierarchies are incomparably flat. In all other respects, the very big ones in the industry decide for themselves. Whoever is an employee here has not only less stress but also a lot more (financial) advantages.

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