A Startup or Stability: What Do Tech Professionals Want? Survey Reveals

84 Percent of Tech Pros Favor Midsize or Large Companies to Startups

TORONTO, Sept. 17, 2014 /CNW/ - Working at a fast-paced start-up venture may seem exciting, but many IT professionals would prefer stability, a new survey by Robert Half Technology shows.  Only 16 per cent of IT professionals polled said they would seek out work at a startup if given the choice. Instead, a majority (60 per cent) of respondents said they would prefer working for a midsize firm, primarily because they believe these businesses provide structure and stability, but also the opportunity to innovate. Nearly a quarter (24 per cent) would choose to make their living at a large company.

The survey was developed and conducted by Robert Half Technology, a leading provider of IT consultants on a project and full-time basis, and includes responses from more than 2,300 workers in North America.

IT professionals were asked, "If you had your pick of employers, would you prefer to work at a startup, midsize or large firm?" Their responses:

Midsize firm 60%
Large firm 24%
Startup 16%
Total 100%

The 60 per cent of respondents who said they would prefer working for a midsize firm gave the following reasons for this choice:

Structure and stability, but still opportunity to innovate 51%
More opportunity for career growth 26%
Enjoy midsize corporate culture 17%
Better earnings potential 5%
Other 1%
Total 100%

View infographics with additional details: midsize firm, large firm, startup, all firms.

"When it comes to company size, the question isn't 'which is best' it's, 'which is best for you,'" said Deborah Bottineau, Senior Regional Manager of Robert Half Technology. "There are advantages and disadvantages with every company type, depending on a professional's experience, personality and learning style. Without having experienced all environments, or any of them like many new graduates, it can be challenging to choose which is right for you."

Robert Half Technology lists five considerations to keep in mind when evaluating which size company suits you best:

Consideration Large Company Midsize Company Startup Company
1. Structure Formal and 
potentially complex
structure and
Some structure, but
it may evolve quickly
as the company
Loose structure;
ability for company
to adapt easily to
2. Autonomy May be more
hierarchical; less
direct influence
over business
A  more compressed
leadership structure
but still oversight
from management
Minimal direct
collaborative work
3. Professional development Defined career
paths, formal
training programs
May rely on outside
for training
Employees may
learn more by
doing than formal
4. Stability Stable, change
Regular change but
heavily managed
Change happens
quickly and often
5. Pay Standardized tiered
pay scale;
established bonus
program, extensive
Structured pay
Limited pay and
benefits with long-term
view on equity
Note:  These are typical characteristics of most companies of each size, but may vary
according to the individual business. 

Added Bottineau, "The key to finding the right work environment is to look for one that offers the greatest potential for professional growth. Networking and informational interviews are great tools to help new graduates to get a sense of what types of companies are out there and which kind of organization may be right for them."

About Robert Half Technology

With more than 100 locations worldwide, Robert Half Technology is a leading provider of technology professionals for initiatives ranging from web development and multiplatform systems integration to network security and technical support. Robert Half Technology offers online job search services at rht.com. Follow Robert Half Technology at twitter.com/RobertHalfTech or visit our technology blog at blog.rht.com.



SOURCE: Robert Half Technology

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