Is it better to have experience with a Brand Name company or a bigger role with a small company?
This is something to consider, especially early in your career.
When you have a brand name like Disney on your resume, people notice. If you have worked at Disney or Marriott, other organizations will know you have received a high level of training and know how to serve customers.
On the other hand, you may be able to get a better spot at a smaller company to gain experience. Leadership experience with any organization can be valuable.
Smaller companies can be risky, though. Are you willing to take on more risk? Or, do you want a more comfortable and stable job?
Hilton, Marriott, and Disney provided brand name experience for me. But I was also willing to move for the right opportunity. So I had the best of both worlds; brand name experience with the chance to take new roles for the experience.
Don’t worry too much about the first 5 to 10 years of your career. Get as much experience and exposure as you can.
No matter what job you take, do a great job. Focus on making yourself better every day. If you do that, it won’t matter as much what job you have and which company you work for.
For more insight into my career, check out my book Career Magic.