Dinesh Divekar
Business Mentor, Consultant And Trainer
Hr Manager
Lavika Yadav
Hr Professional
+1 Other

Thread Started by #lavika yadav

Hi All, Presently I am working with a small size IT company having headcount of 10-15 people.I am the only Hr here.

Previously I was working as a HR Executive with the largest broking house of India.I have worked there for 14 months. Prior to that I was working with the largest domestic call center as a CCE.

I have recently joined this company..Due to some personal concerns I had to switch on a very nominal hike. Now I am bit confused as I have worked with brands and now I have moved to a very small company..Will it have any negative impact in future. Secondly I am not enjoying working here as there is not much work. Recruitment process is also very slow.Team size ( Total no. of employees) is very less.

So i am planning to look for some better option with regards to my professional growth and let me clear one thing I am not looking for job due to monetary growth.I want to be in a big size company so that my intellectual and decision making skills remain sharp. More people, more issues, more queries and more skills development,

Seniors please suggest me and guide me If I am wrong or right. I am thinking of job change because it not too late..If i will keep on working there for 1-2 months more then I will have to remain with this company for at least 2-3 year to maintain stability..

Is it right time to change job or I should wait?
13th March 2014 From India, Mohali
Many switch over jobs for monetary considerations only. Very few are switching over for job knowledge and taking challenging roles. This is a fact.
Changing job frequently does not add much credentials to your CV and you may be branded as job hopper. For anyone who have joined in a company, the initial 2-4 months is a stabilization period which may or may not be to their line of expectations. Wait for some more time and analyse.
Pon, chennai
13th March 2014 From India, Lucknow
Dear Pon,
I have already cleared that I am not looking for change due to Financial hike..Its all about Learning and Skills development.
I am not working for money as I come from a Businessman family.I opt for job instead of business because I wanted to explore myself.
I am not saying that this company is not good,,I just dont want to lose my brand value..Moreover I worked with 800 people and 125 people in both offices but here the team size is very less..
13th March 2014 From India, Mohali
Hi Lavika,
As per my views, we are in to support department and we have to provide services to our employees. At starting of the carrier, the main important point is Learning means how much area you are taking care.
As per me if you will work for a Big brand then you will get a limited area only to work and perform, but in a small company may be you will look entire HR AREA.
Bhupendra Agrahari
HR Specialist
13th March 2014 From India, Delhi
size does not matter. I would rather be drop of water in a glass rather than being a drop in ocean. One should look into the roles and responsibilities and job knowledge.
e.g. I was in a Top 10 company having a turnover of 5 billion USD. Now I am in small company having a turnover of 50 million USD. I am comfortable with the small company, atleast my performance is recognised.
13th March 2014 From India, Lucknow
Hi Lavika,
I do not agree with you.
While joining this company didn't you know it is small company? Why did you join if you always wanted to work with bigger firm?
If it is a small company as HR it is your duty to introduce new policies and procedures. You can do lot many things here, there is lot of learning when you join a start up or a small team company.
You can do lot of trial and error as no one will question you which in return will enhance your knowledge.
But from your replies I feel that you have made up your mind to change the job.
13th March 2014 From India, Pune
Dear Monika,
I have already mentioned that changing job was just due to some family concerns..I have put this query for suggestions.If I had made up my mind I dint need to ask anybody.
My query was is it career destroying to work with small company..If I will have to go for some Senior profiles where I would have to handle 1000-1200 people..Wont this experience be minus point.
Simple question.
13th March 2014 From India, Mohali
Dear Lavika,

Small or big, it is not a question in what type of company but then what matters what work did you do and what kind of case studies you are able to tell in your next job interview. In fact in small companies decision making is fast.

In addition to HR, you may get into administration role. Learn about purchase management, negotiation with suppliers. Trust me, if you master these skills, you will earn trust of MD than anyone else. As far as activities other than operations are concerned, try to become next to MD. It is possible to rise to this level in small company. For example, refer my reply to the following post:


The above is not HR activity as such, it is admin activity. However, nothing wrong in doing it if it saves company's finances.

Secondly, you may get into proper maintenance of Fixed Asset Register (FAR). Click the following link to know what happens when assets are recorded properly:


HR or otherwise, every functionary works to protect interest of the company. You may do it in whatever capacity you can. Possibly, you will become better than those who end up doing clerical functions of HR!

All the best!

Dinesh V Divekar

13th March 2014 From India, Bangalore
Hi Lavika,
According to me there won’t be negative impact on your career if you can prove your capability and learn and gain some knowledge. You will have experience in working under pressure with limited resources.
As other senior members have rightly said, as it is small company you will have many chances to introduce new policies and practices in company. Here your experience working in big company will help you.
And as far as you have confidence in your capabilities & skills you should not be worried.
And I am surprised why this question have arisen after joining new company as nobody must have force your decision to join. You should have thought before that. And when you have joined you should now take this as challenge for you.
All the best
14th March 2014 From India, Vadodara
Who said people who work in a small company their career is destroyed? Company is small or big they do need HR, they do have query, they do want to do employee engagement, they do need someone to take care of grievances etc...
Please take this out of your head, I have seen people working in a small companies doing wonder in their field. You never know you may be the next.
Decision is yours, you can take a call.
14th March 2014 From India, Pune
Deciding whether to go with a large or small brand company should actually be one of the most important decisions you should have taken while job hunting & it largely depends on

a.What you hope to accomplish?

b.How you work best in an organization?

Though there are also almost no universal truths in this area,sharing across some thoughts -

a.Advantages working at a big company -

The benefits packages are better

You have more obvious structure

You can switch Job without leaving the company as it is possible to change positions and explore a new areas

but disadvantages could be -

Changes happen slowly

Your fulfillment can be determined by your surroundings

b.Advantages at a small company

Your success is visible

Your company is more agile

Your responsibilities may be more varied

but disadvantages could be -

The benefits package might be lesser

Your failure is directly visible

Job security might be a concern

There may not be a structured Legal or HR departments so initial efforts needed in setting-up things

Accept the assignment with complete trust & confidence on your skills & knowledge. All the Best.


Sonal Tandon

Navi Mumbai
14th March 2014 From India, Mumbai
Lavika, Your fight with your innerself is something that majority would undergo in their career at some point in time. This is common. But, there is no real problem here.

These days the buzz word in HR is 'Change'; Change the HR job for other functional jobs. This kind of shift will add more business knowledge and a bit of technical skills in HR professional and he/she will develop into relating more to the business. People on selection panel are looking for variety in the CVs. Besides 'Change', people also look for ' Adaptability' also. I agree with Dinesh Divekar. Adding skills in different areas is worth paying in the long run.

But, having said the above, We should also be mindful about the recruitment style of Big companies if we are aiming to make a foray into the Big Companies. Some of these companies, very specifically check if the candidate has worked for any reputed company. This is because, they feel the candidate would have the requisite grooming and the expertise they would need. But note that not all the companies would have this thought.

So, I would suggest that you can continue doing whatever job comes to you. If the job does not fall in your domain expertise then reach out to people. Take their help and keep learning. And parallely, keep applying for jobs with reputed companies. You have an advantage because you are firm in your mind that salary would not be a constraint for you for a right company.And. if you also make yourself flexible to work in any location then you will more chance of getting choosen. So go-ahead. You are right in your thought. Wish you Good Luck! .


17th March 2014
As far as HR job is concerned, function of HR remain the same, irrespective of the team size. In a large sized company you may have to do
some 10000-20000 appraisals annually, but in a small sized company you need to manage only 40-50 appraisals. In both these cases,
performance appraisal work will be the same. but in large company, the quantum of work will be more.
And it is always better to "become a big shot in a small office than a small fly in a big office"!
R K Nair
22nd March 2014 From India, Aizawl
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