Only 7 Employees...ack.
October 20, 2012 10:18 AM Subscribe
Do you work for a small company (less than 10 employees)? Can you tell me what it's like? I've just accepted a job for a small, 7 person company and I am feeling a bit nervous about it.
posted by thereemix to work & money (17 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Context: I just finished up a 6 month contract position for a large, global company. Prior to that, I worked for a company that had about 50 employees, prior to that, I worked for a company that had around 400 employees.
Now, starting Monday, I'm working for a tiny company in NYC - tiny as in I am going to be one of 7 employees (including the president). I am expecting some culture shock, which happens during any job change I suppose, but I feel especially nervous about this for some reason. Without getting overly specific, it's basically a small design firm that liases with various architecture firms and furniture fabricator firms on projects. I am going to be training as a new PM type. But the dinky small-ness of the place is really freaking me out - I am worried about whether I'm going to get sick of everyone really quickly, whether it will suck not having a dedicated HR department, whether it will be the kind of environment where I will have to put in 18 hour days. I tried to suss a lot of this out during my interview for the position but wasn't able to any definitive conclusion, and the pros - it's a return to my industry after nearly a year of "tangential" work, it's an area I am very interested in, it will provide me ample training and educational opportunities - tipped the scales in favor of my accepting. But I am very nervous about the small-ness nonetheless.
In case it's relevant, I think part of what is making me nervous as well is the fact that the job happened very quickly - I applied, interviewed, and accepted the job within one week. I have never had anything turnaround this quickly - they had an urgent need and I happened to be around at the right time, but it still kind of is freaking me out.
Other potentially contributing factors: I am in my mid-late 20s, have been working for 5 years, still feel pretty green.
I know you don't work for my company, but I would still love to hear some input from people who work in teeny tiny companies. Do you like it? What, if any, are the upsides? What, if any, are the downsides? How long have you been there and how long do you intend to stay? Basically, am I going to regret this somehow, or am I just being silly?