re: Start-up v Corporate, which do you prefer? VIEW POST


I've worked both, and I prefer my current situation.

Small Stable "Family Owned" Company.

Like a start-up:

  • I can be a generalist
  • My contribution makes a big impact
  • More room to experiment
  • Small teams make collaboration easy

Benefits from corporate world that carried over:

  • Job stability
  • Tangible benefits (Health insurance, PTO and 401k as opposed to % stake)

Sounds like you're living the dream, with the best of both worlds.

How do you find being family-owned contributes to the culture of the workplace? I've worked in family-owned businesses, not in tech, and there was a different dynamic than when you're simply working for a manager who doesn't have so much of a stake in the success/failure of the business.


The biggest thing is that it's really hard to separate your individual goals from the goals of the business, so they tend to stay aligned very well. In a large corporate environment, it's easier to set yourself up as a technically successful employee, but that has a net value loss for the business.


Small Stable "Family Owned" Company.

I think longterm I'd love for this to be my life. Currently more on the startup spectrum, which is cool for a while. I wouldn't mind exploring the corporate scene in the future, but your option seems ideal.

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