Hr Generalist In Big Org V/S Set Up HR For Growing Org - CiteHR
Kumar H P
Hr And Compliance
Hiten Parekh
Hr - Pharmaceutical Industry
Nishikant
Service Gm Hr
Sunayna
Handwriting Analysis, Employee Relations,

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hi,
please help me choose between these 2 job offers
one is with a company established some 100 yrs ago and yet growing, as a Hr generalist.
second is with a 4 yr old manufacturing company where there is no set hr or admin.so my responsibility is to set the complete hr dept. i have exp in recruitments for 2 yrs..so this one seems like a huge task, but i understand that learning here would be max.
having said that, the reporting manager in the first company is working there from the past 9 yrs and has grown to a VP now. he seems fun to work with and told me that he is strict like a teacher.
plz let me know, which opt will be better
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Hello friend,
Well the answer is not easy – probably you can look at this from different angles:
1] Superior( Boss) : Compare who will be guiding you in your job- if it is first job it is better to work under a superior who is able to guide you. So an old company may score a + point here.
2] Job Content: Are you able to find out the job content for the two jobs – then ask what would you LIKE?
3] Growth Opportunity: Which job offers greater growth opportunity ? An experience in old established company can always get you a better job in smaller company. Variety of experience on HR process will be higher in an established company.
4] Work life balance: Which company is giving a better work life balance
5] Salary: Who is paying you more?! :)
You may take a conscious decision based on above as also after discussing with elders in the house.
Once you take a decision – OWN that decision.
Best of luck
Regards
Nishikant
hi nishikant thanks for the reply, appreciate the time and effort could u please expand this 3rd point. i am leaning towards the big company with hr generalist profile....
Hello friend,

In an established company there will be structure and you can grow to higher level in next 2-3 years. You will also professionally get much wider experience as many HR processes would already be there in a bigger organization. After about 3-5 years of experience, if you feel that you need to change, you can shift to a company where HR needs to be established. Because of your experience you will get good offers from smaller companies.

However starting in a company where HR does not exist - your career progress will depend on the kind of people you are dealing with. If they value your work and give proper structure and designation then it is ok - if they do not understand what you have new initiatives you have implemented and contributions made to a place where nothing existed - while you may get inner sense of achievement, you will get a feeling that you are ignored or not valued.

This is a risk you will need to assess based on your knowledge of the company.

Regards

Nishikant
Hi Sunayna !

In a large, well established organisation, you will be part of a system and the most important quality required from you will be system orientation and documentation.

In a start up, small organisation, you will be the initiator, persuer and change agent.

You should assess your personality profile and find out whether you have qualities of a change agent and persuer. Or you are more comfortable with fitting into a system. say system orientation.

With all said and done, setting up systems require a lot different qualities than hr generalist. Infact such qualities are very scares. Further, setting up systems requires a lot of emotional drenching and stress. Here comes your work-life balance. One cannot success in new setup in setting up systems without some of the essential qualities like persuation, regoreous followup, etc.

The above para I have mentioned based on my personal experiences.

Please consider your personality traits for selecting between the two.

You can opt for online tests or professionals in pschoanalysis (preferred) for this.

- Hiten
Dear Sunanya,
I suggest you to go for that manufacturing industry which helps you in strenghening you career by initiating new things, facing new problems and shaping the organisation.
Both choices are good. As friends just we can suggest, ultimately you are the decision maker. Think all possible +ves and - ves and come to a conclusion
All the very best.
Truly Yours,
Kumar.H.P
I also agree with Nishant. Don't join the company where HR does not exist - your career progress will totally depend on the kind of people you are dealing with. If they value your work and give proper structure and designation then it is ok - if they do not understand what you have new initiatives you have implemented and contributions made to a place where nothing existed - while you may get inner sense of achievement, you will get a feeling that you are ignored or not valued.
Take a decision. Think positive. In a large, well-established organisation, you will be part of a system. At least you will never get a feeling of not valued in a company.
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