I currently work for a huge global company (worldwide 200K employees) and am considering a leaving for role in a much smaller UK company (100 employees); broadly speaking the remuneration is the same give or take 1 or 2K and a benefit here and there. So here I am on an internet forum seeking advice from people I don't know that could potentially lead to a big change in my career
Both are similiar roles but the scale of projects and business are worlds apart - multimillion pound deals vs 1,2 or 300K deals in the smaller company. To put this really into perspective some of the deals I've worked on in the past are bigger than the small company's published revenue figures for 2012.
My motivation for looking to leave my current position is that I don't feel valued as an employee, don't feel I'm fairly rewarded for my efforts and I'm just a small fish in an enormous pond. The new opportunity is with an expanding local company, potentially I could end up being a big fish in a small pond and it would be an end to the consultancy / living out of a suitcase lifestyle.
My concerns are that I will be leaving my security blanket of a big company behind me (including a decent pay out if I was ever made redundant) and joining a tiny by comparison organisation of which I only have limited finincial insight as it's privately owned. But on the flip side my gripes where I currently am will never be resolved; the biggest question I can't answer is whether or not I'm about to commit career suicide.
Has anyone else left a market leading, global company to join a an upcoming small company? and if so were there any regrets?