Construction candidates have a big decision to make when considering job offers: should they work for a large company that has already established its reputation or a small startup?

While there are advantages and disadvantages to both, the final decision must take many things into account. While a well-established construction firm provides stability, newer companies offer opportunity.

5 considerations for candidates who want to work for a well-established construction firm

A large construction company with an established reputation already has a lot to offer. Workers just starting their careers or providing for their families sometimes find the larger firms more attractive because of their benefits. Additionally, some workers find that they have a low tolerance for risk.

Here are five essential perks gained from working with the big builders:

  1. Established procedures
  2. Better pay and bigger bonuses
  3. Access to a well-defined career path — and the training to make it happen
  4. Job stability
  5. Extended support on the job and in your personal life

Although many construction workers appreciate these benefits, some may think the incentives come at a cost. A well-established construction firm might not be the best choice for someone who likes to problem solve independently. Furthermore, anyone at the established company considering taking calculated risks in the field as an opportunity to explore new techniques could find themselves looking for opportunities elsewhere.

Why startups attract construction workers

On the other hand, startups and small construction companies have their own appeal, especially for construction workers who don’t mind missing out on having access to benefits and resources. In general, startups want to offer these perks to their employees, but they must take care of other priorities, like finding customers and meeting payroll.

The disadvantages of working for a small construction firm may make some candidates think twice about working there. Companies open and fold, essential jobs are erased overnight, and there are no guarantees of stability.

Some employees, however, prefer working with these small companies over working with larger competitors. Small companies thrive on creativity, and they tend to value out-of-the-box thinking. Unfortunately, the firm may not have the latest equipment or technology to help its employees make it happen. However, if everything goes well, instead of following policies and procedures, the employees here set the P&P for the new hires who will eventually join the firm.

Your final decision may come down to which company philosophies and the products you prefer to be associated with.

If you’re still undecided about which construction firm is the right choice for you, let your recruiter know. They may be able to share some of their insight so you can make a choice best suited to your needs.

If you’re ready to optimize your recruiting strategy, connect with Raymond Search Group today.