Balancing act: Big, small companies offer different advantages, disadvantages

Published: Monday, June 25 2012 1:00 p.m. MDT

But what about all of those unfamiliar faces at the zoo? It was strange to think that I had worked at the same company with them for more than nine months and still knew so few, even by sight.

However, the more I think about it, the more I see this as a strength. Just like me, the vast majority of those people are working hard in their departments to help the company succeed, even as they try to improve their own skills and abilities. Instead of working with a few dozen talented, dedicated and hard-working people, I'm working with a few thousand.

I don't know all of them by name, but I realize that I have a responsibility to do the best I can in my corner of the company. Assuming my co-workers do the same, we will all continue to have the chance to excel at our jobs. I still feel like I've got their backs, and I hope they feel the same about me, even if we've never met.

And I'm confident that, as the years go by, I'll meet more and more people from various departments, which will make this large company feel smaller.

In fact, while watching swinging spider monkeys and roaming rhinoceroses at another company party a few years from now, I think I'll run into many more people who I consider to be not only co-workers but also friends.

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