Working in a start-up vs a big company: 4 differences you need to know

24 December 2018

Start-up and bigger companies have huge differences in term of work environment and model, here is why.

Marina sitting in one of the start-up bean bags

Every company is different. Especially, if you compare the work environment in an innovative start-up – like Tractive – with the work environment in a bigger company, you will definitely find some differences. In this blog article we would like to show you the main differences.

Fast growth

A start-up typically grows very fast. Faster than an established business. Moreover, working in a start-up environment means that you constantly keep track of the goals and strengthen the organisation and structures. Tractive has grown fast during the last years. In fact, the structures within the company are developing constantly, which opens up new opportunities for the employees, e.g. own areas of responsibility, leadership experience and personal development.

Learning-by-doing mentality

Since start-ups develop constantly, new challenges occur every day. Start-ups often invent new technologies and develop new business models. Therefore, the key to a successful start-up is focusing on solutions rather than on problems. At Tractive we also know, that everybody makes mistakes sometimes. Therefore the important thing is to learn from these mistakes and improve.

Self-reflexion, constructive feedback and supporting each other helps us to keep the learning-by-doing mentality strong.

michael presenting the start-up at mallorca

High adaptability

Start-ups have a big advantage over larger companies when it comes to adaptability. Changing structures and strategies is much more difficult for a big company as they have more layers of management and much longer approval processes. However, a start-up can react quickly to changing market conditions due to less rigid structures. Tractive uses this advantage and reacts quickly to customer queries and needs.

Flat hierarchies

Since employees join the company gradually and structures are strengthened over time, start-ups usually have flat hierarchies. The same goes for Tractive. Moreover, open communication, improvement suggestions and new ideas are welcome anytime. Everyone can have an impact on the company and its products. Tractive benefits a lot from the inputs of its own employees. Consequently, this is what lead the company to its success.

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