June 19, 2012, 1:21 PM —
Working for a prestigious, respected, and well known company can help you professionally. This is how and why.
I want to begin this blog by telling all those who work at smaller and less known companies that no disrespect is meant. In fact, I own a smaller and less known company. I truly believe that there are many big advantages of working for a smaller size firm. This week’s blog, however, specifically discusses a professional perk related to working for the likes of Google, Intel, Apple, Amazon, Adobe, or other highly respected and well known technology oriented companies.
While working at one of these companies, it will
• Be easier for you to speak at conferences and professional meetings
• Cause you to be sought out at social venues by people interested in what your company is like
• Make you the envy of techies who would love to work at your company
• Let you see and learn how a great company is run and managed
• To a certain degree, provide you the resources to learn new things, build new products, experiment on new technologies, and help change the computer industry as a whole
Another huge advantage of working at one of these types of companies, high tech or otherwise, is that they tend to have the money, the infrastructure, and inclination to want to do things in the best way possible. This means that you, as an employee, can learn the best techniques, practices, and standards in your given technology area.
As a personal note, I had the honor and privilege to work for this type of company. It was Fidelity Investments. I worked there almost ten years. Truth be told, I don’t think I really understood how much I learned when I was there until I left. I was on the technology side of the house and saw firsthand the desire to create quality software and the willingness to spend the time and money to research and use the industry’s best practices wherever and whenever possible.
When leaving a company of this type, the advantage to you is called transference. That is to say, the great feelings and respect that people have for your company, they will also initially have for you. This transference may help you get the job and afford you a high level of professional respect when you first arrive. In the long run, however, your level of success at your new company will be based on your skills and abilities, not just your job history, but this job history will help give you a fighting chance.
As a way to better explain the phenomenon of transference (but in a negative way), think about the last time someone accidently cut you off when driving on the highway. What did you think of this person? Did you think that they were probably a great person who made a minor mistake or that everything about this person is evil and miscalculated? Transference would suggest the latter.