Preface: this post is part of The Definitive Salesforce Careers Guide series.
Let’s pretend you passed a bunch of Salesforce certifications and you’re itching to find a new job!
What kind of company should you join? A consulting firm? A small company? A large company? You probably have goals in mind, but you don’t know which type of company would help the most.
Good news! I’ve worked with all types of companies in the Salesforce industry and I’m here to share with you which type of company is best for your specific need.
Small / Startup Companies
In the Salesforce world, a small company is an org with 500 Salesforce users or less.
Smaller orgs / companies are my personal favorite!
If you want Salesforce to be your playground to tinker and experiment with things, then this type of company is for you! I especially recommend smaller companies to new graduates or people new to the industry. You’ll learn a ton without having to sell your soul (see: consulting).
In the Salesforce world, a large company is an org with 2,000 Salesforce users or more.
Working in-house at a large org / company is best for those who want a stable, predictable job. You’ll work reasonable hours and won’t have to veer too far from your core job responsibilities.
It might not be as exciting as working in a smaller org, but, you’ll learn things that smaller orgs never encounter – like architecture concepts, Apex frameworks, and general Salesforce best practices.
I generally think larger orgs are better for people in their mid to late careers. You’ll have less pressure to drink from the firehose and you’ll be in the best position to use the various skills you’ve learned throughout your career.
The Accentures, Deloittes, and Appirios of the world.
I sometimes think there are two personalities: those who are consultants, and those who aren’t.
Consulting is not for everyone, including me. The long hours, the constant face you have to put on, and the lack of a true family / home lead me to joke about having to sell your soul to go this route.
On the flip side, you absolutely have the most learning opportunities as a consultant. If your goal is to become a Certified Technical Architect, you pretty much have no choice but to go this route too.
Don’t forget, there can be mixing and matching of traits. For example, a small consulting company could be a mix of both types. There are also exceptions, for example, I wouldn’t consider Google to behave like the typical big company. Ask a friend or check Glassdoor first to be safe!
Hope you enjoyed this post!