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Where Will You Begin Your Engineering Career?

January 11, 2024

Large or Small…the Choice is Yours.  Choose Well.

Are you a young engineer looking to build your career?  You’ll be in demand, no question.  So, where do you want to start?

Large engineering firms hire more people, do more work, and often pay more money.  But for every extra large-size corporate engineering firm, there are countless smaller firms, and they are doing great work, too.

There is no one right way to go.  It all depends on what you want to do, and how you want to do it.

Want to learn more about how to start your engineering career?  Here are five ways large engineering firms and small engineering firms are the same, but different:


Small firms often consist of a tight-knit team.  You’ll get to know everyone well. You also may wear multiple hats, expanding past your primary role.  Your input matters.  In a larger firm, you’ll typically stick to your department and team, focusing on specific tasks within your expertise, with well-defined job roles and responsibilities.

Project Scope

Smaller firms may work on a variety of projects. You’ll pick up new skills fast, and learn to make quick, confident and important decisions.  Larger firms typically do one thing, and they do it often.  You’ll gain in-depth knowledge in that niche. Most decisions happen at a higher level.

Client Interaction

Sometimes, smaller firms include a more local customer base, allowing you to get to know your customer’s needs with direct communication.  A larger firm typically has project managers and sales teams that handle those relationships.

Income and Benefits

Larger firms can pay more.  But the benefits packages are typically not different.  Larger firms workforce may be more competitive which can be stressful.  Smaller firms may pay less, but they may offer more flexible working hours, family time, and job security.


Larger firms have Research and Development departments working on cutting-edge technologies.  They’re slower to change but often break new ground.  Smaller firms have greater flexibility to embrace innovative approaches. And you’ll likely have more of a say in that direction.

Ultimately, the key lies in finding the right fit that resonates with your career objectives and personal values.  Remember, large or small, principles, ethics, culture and strategic direction matter more.

At TTR Engineers, we are a bit biased. We’re small, and growing.  We’re also proud of who we are and what we do, and we hope you’ll find a firm you can be proud of too. If you wonder how to start your engineering career, we like small!

By the way, if you can’t tell…we are hiring!  Click here to learn more.

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