Finding the Right Company

Haomin Chen
Haomin Chen

Haomin Chen is a Master of Science in Finance candidate at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. She is a versatile sports player and speaks three languages fluently – Chinese, English, and German. Having played the piano for high-end receptions, Chen enjoys bringing happiness to people with music. She is dedicated to serving in consulting or equity market to help improve the financial markets.

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Getting an offer from one of the big names in the industry in a big city is what most business school students dream about. Not surprisingly, the big names are also an effective stimulation for a crowd-herding effect on those students. More and more graduates lock their eyes onto the companies under the spotlight because someone around them gets a position with the big shots in New York. So they rush towards these jobs and battle fiercely against each other, attempting to get in. They care more about the glamour brought by the name of the company, especially when they are with friends or family, rather than about the real lives behind the doors of those big shots.

Not everybody, however, agrees with the rigorous routine in major companies or with the life in a big city, where the entry level job is comparable to the work of a little bee in a huge hive. To them, smaller cities and smaller companies are better choices, where they are able to have the bread and butter and enjoy their life at the same time. Sometimes smaller companies may offer better learning experience for recent graduates. Because of the often less sophisticated structure of the company, they may receive more direct exposure to major projects or management decisions.

There is no right or wrong choice between these options. Just remember to pick the one that suits your goal or lifestyle. Think carefully before you make the move and make a list of what these two choices can offer.

Click below to view Pros and Cons of working for Big vs. Small Companies and Cities
Big Name Company / City

Pros: Potential resources, higher paycheck, greater chance of socializing with accomplished professionals, vivid life, and convenient public transportation.

Cons: High cost of living, hectic working schedule, pressure, hierarchy in the company, and less direct exposure to top management or major projects.

Smaller Name Company / City

Pros: More direct impact on the company, maybe more friendly working environment, better traffic, enjoy the nature, healthy living and lower living expenses.

Cons: Maybe a smaller paycheck, but not necessarily, may not receive as many resources or connections as in a bigger company.

When you are confused with your options; when you see nothing but fog hanging over your way ahead, think about what you want, what you really desire. Do not be a follower; be a trend trailblazer. Remember, every experience in life is valuable, even the negative ones. What matters is how you deal with it. Think carefully. Pick up your courage and move on.

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