Following up last month's " Pros and Cons of working at a Small Company" - I bring you the Pros and Cons of working at a Large company. By large, I mean massive, huge, big glass buildings the full suited and booted corporate types. Your dress down day is not wearing a tie and your shoes are so clean you could eat your dinner off them. Is this the best way for you to start your career as a graduate, lets take a look...
Here are the pros and cons of working at a large company...

The Pros

1. Training

Some of the big, corporate firms like PwC or Ernst and Young, offer some of the best training in the business. Whether it's Accounting, Consultancy or Finance that you're going into, the large corporate firms will have you working hard, giving you fixed programmes and professional qualifications. After they've done with you, you will be a lean mean Accounting Machine.

2. Mentor

At first these corporate places they can seem very faceless and daunting. One thing that many companies do with large graduate intakes is find mentors for the Graduate Scheme-rs. They'll be your guide and your confidant. Help you get the most out of your time there they will.

3. Career Path

Corporate careers are slick but tough adventures. When you first join there will be fixed programmes, schemes, modules and a career path laid out for you. These allow you to have a clear idea of what you are working towards and how to get there - allowing to get to the top.

The Cons

1. Regimented

Large companies are often highly organised operations, graduates will be brought in to work on specific problems and in certain areas and will have clearly defined remits to their work. It means that you will not get chance to broaden your skills beyond what is put in front of you.

2. Small cog in a giant machine

There is an element of facelessness about working at larger companies. When you are working on a floor with hundreds of other people in a building containing thousands of other employees. With all these people a sense of team camaraderie can usually be lost quite easily.

3. Corporate standards

Corporate and large company standards can be difficult to adapt to. Having to come to work everyday, clean shaven, smartly dressed and on the ball everyday can be reasonably difficult coming from the relaxed student lifestyle. Hitting the Thirsty Thursdays hard is fine, but you've got to be on tip-top form on Friday morning.
The decision of whether you want to work at a small company or a large firm or corporation is entirely down to you. They both have their benefits and disadvantages, but it should be decided on how you want to work and what avenues you want to pursue. Some people are not suited to the corporate environment while others find they need more structure and opportunity than they could find at a smaller company.