Your Next Career Move: Start-ups Vs Blue Chip Companies – Part One

15 October 2020 by Matthew Wadsworth
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Recently graduated and want to begin a career in the life sciences
industry? Or perhaps you well and truly have your feet under the table in your
current role, but you’d like some insight regarding your next move.

Should you choose a start-up or blue chip company? ‘It only takes one ground-breaking MedTech startup to change a product
category forever’, says Qualio, who list a host of start-ups to keep an eye on in 2020. Imagine if you could be part of such change.

In the first part of a two-part series of blog posts, we take a
look at the pros of working for a start-up firm.

Your Role Could Provide More Variety

There can often be lots of hoops to jump through in large, corporate companies, especially when
it comes to getting projects approved. Smaller firms, meanwhile, can be more
reactive – and sometimes more hands-on.

This could be because there are fewer staff – and, when it comes to making things happen, fewer
people ‘at the top’ to convince your idea is a goer.

You may have more freedom, therefore, to get your teeth into a variety of projects and you might
also get to work across a host of departments. In doing so, you’re bound to
learn more.

“Smaller companies are agile enough to adapt to what’s happening in the market,” says
Matthew Wadsworth, Senior Consultant here at Life Science People, adding that
covid-19 has meant the health tech industry in particular has come on in leaps
and bounds, thanks to a mass switchover to digital tech.

The variety offered in start-ups can and does ‘attract more talent’, continues Matthew. The
chance to be more flexible by, for example, working from home, also seems to be
more prevalent in start-ups, he says – and this can ensure greater morale
amongst staff.

You’ll Probably Be Given More Responsibility

Working in a smaller company generally means more responsibility. The reason? Smaller teams.
But with more responsibility comes the chance to make more impact – and the
opportunity to progress within the firm quicker than you might in a large
corporate firm.

This could push you to be more productive and more versatile – and you may move up the career
ladder faster.

“You can hyper-develop your skills,” says Matthew, who adds that bigger companies may be

Good Work Will Be Recognised

Your hard work within the life sciences industry may go unnoticed in a larger, blue chip firm.

Most of the time, though, this is simply not the case in a start-up. It may be to do with
the fact that the people you’re trying to impress may drop in and out of the
office much more often than they might in a blue-chip firm. Or, like we said
earlier, they could be sitting close enough to you that they’re well aware of
the good work you’re doing.

Smaller Teams Can Mean a Better Atmosphere

We hate to say it, but when you work for a larger firm, it’s easier to feel somewhat

This isn’t always the case in a smaller company, as your immediate team will be smaller.

You’ll probably get to know everyone relatively quickly – and you may find that start-up firms
take a much more casual approach to work; there could well be ‘dress down
Fridays’ or even post-work beers to look forward to.

Looking for a new role in a start-up? Get in touch with our team and
discover more about the right role for you.