A Fresh Perspective on Entrepreneurship vs. Corporate Employment

You’ve already been introduced to our marketing intern, Lindsey, in our post about all of our summer newbies. But we thought she’d be fun to talk to during our entrepreneur week because she came to us fresh off a co-op at P&G, the polar opposite of a small start-up. So which does she like better, the gigantic product-producing P&G or the small freight-shipping Legion Logistics?

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I asked her that question, plus a few more. Here are her answers:

How did you get involved in P&G?

I had always been interested in the company, and a recruiter came to speak to my Business 101 class about the co-op program. I filled out the application, took the online assessments, and was called back for two interviews and another assessment. About two months later I was walking in for my first day.

 

How did you find out about Legion Logistics?

One of my Marketing professors sent the job description to me and told me that some of the best experience you can have in college is to work for an entrepreneur. I applied the Sunday before my spring break, and by the time classes started back up I had signed the offer letter!

 

What projects have you worked on at each company?

At P&G I worked on the employment branding team. I worked with all of our recruiting materials to design them and make sure they got to over 200 career fairs per year. I also got to design my own portion of the P&G North America website with a focus on Cincinnati, which was really cool!

I’ve only been at Legion for a few weeks, but my focus so far has been social media. Our social media is currently growing fairly quickly, so it’s cool to see the expansion and be a part of the networking. I have done some blogging and updated numerous employee bios on the website. I am also currently doing some work with carrier services on a database expansion project.

 

How is working at a small entrepreneurial company different than a huge corporation?

Almost everything is different, really. At P&G, I passed dozens of people each day that I had never, and probably would never meet. At Legion I knew everyone’s name by the second week. Surprisingly though, I don’t feel like I know people any better here. I was very close to the people on my team at P&G, but the difference was that we were a small team in a company of thousands, while at Legion we are just one big team as a company. The work is also different. I tended to be focused on just a couple of projects at a time that were directly related to each other. At Legion I have several responsibilities that don’t really fit into my marketing job description, but that is common in a start-up. You also have to be more creative in a small company, because the budget is either very small or non-existent, especially for marketing.

The largest distinction I’ve noticed between large and small companies is growth. P&G is an amazing company, but it’s already huge and mature. The awards that it wins are prestigious, but they are usually predictable because they have won them for years straight. The Legion is growing more and more each day and it’s so awesome to see the company winning awards, hiring more people, and breaking sales records on a weekly basis.

 

What is better or worse about each?

I don’t know that either one is worse or better, it just depends on your preferences. If you want a specific job description, guaranteed job security, and a Starbucks on the first floor of your building, then go work at a large corporation. If you want a very dynamic environment where you can try new things and work very closely with upper management, an entrepreneurial setting will definitely give you that.

 

What kind of company would you like to work for when you graduate? Why?

I’m not sure yet because I don’t know that I really have a favorite at this point. I think what is important to me is to have an exciting career and opportunity for growth. At this point I just want to learn a lot and work in an exciting environment.

 

Would you like to own your own company someday?

Maybe. The thought of putting everything into something that you can’t predict the success of is scary. I definitely think I would do better working for myself or alongside other entrepreneurs though. I like being in control and getting to make decisions.

 

What have you learned about being an entrepreneur from being at the Legion?

You don’t ever stop, and there is no room for negativity. Lacy is stressed 99% of the time, but she greets all of her employees with a smile and a willingness to listen and help out. Tony is always busy moving freight and assisting the sales team, but shows an interest in all of the social media ventures as well.

I’ve learned that you have to be passionate about what you’re doing too. Lacy and Tony are both definitely passionate about moving freight, but even more so about coaching employees and serving Legion’s customers.

 

So Lindsey isn’t ready yet to commit to whether or not entrepreneurship is for her or not, and that’s certainly understandable. It can be very rewarding, but it is also nerve-wracking and not for the faint of heart. In the meantime, we’re really glad that she decided to get her small-business experience with us!