Tech Employees Thrive at Midsize Companies

By Dennis McCafferty
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    Choosing the Middle Ground

    Choosing the Middle Ground

    If they had the choice, 60% of IT workers would prefer to be employed at a midsize firm, and 24% would like to work for a large company.

If you could take your pick of working wherever you wanted, would you go with a large enterprise or a startup? Most likely, the answer would be "neither," according to a recent survey from Robert Half Technology. The vast majority of IT professionals surveyed by the company said they'd prefer to work for midsize companies, as they feel the "middle ground" offers the best of both worlds. According to survey respondents, you have more freedom to innovate at a midsize firm—with less hierarchy-induced headaches—than at a major corporation. And you enjoy a stronger sense of job stability than you would at a startup. We realize that everyone has their own preferences, so we've included Robert Half's breakdown of how larger companies differ from startups. "There's no right answer when it comes to the ideal work environment," says John Reed, senior executive director of Robert Half Technology. "Each type of company has advantages and disadvantages. The challenge can be choosing the best one for you when you haven't necessarily experienced all of them." More than 2,300 U.S. IT workers took part in the research.

This article was originally published on 2014-12-01
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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