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Differences between Corporate and Startup to Define Your Career

As you know, lately, the startup business is growing very quickly. Many members of the millennial generation are willing to work for startups. However, before this startup company mushroomed, corporate companies had a more certain career path. A corporate is a group of people who unite to establish an incorporated entity.

In general, “corporate” is the same as “ordinary” companies, but the use of the term “corporate” is used in describing companies that are well established. Both types of companies can take advantage of ERP System to automate their various business processes. Which company is more appropriate for your career? In the following article, we have presented a comparison of the two, to make it easier for you to determine them.


Definition of Corporate

Corporate derived from Latin is cooperation, which means “establishing a body”. A corporate company is a body established by a group of people that operates with a clear legal entity. That way, all the rules and working procedures that apply in this organization already have a legal basis. so that if the company commits a violation, employees can bring it to the green table.

Usually, the capital for establishing this body comes from private pockets or sells it to outsiders in the form of shares. Later, the shareholders will get dividends in accordance with the agreed terms. In addition, employees also get certainty about their rights and obligations because this business entity has been incorporated. There may be the potential to reduce exploited workers.

Definition of Startup Company


A startup company is a startup business that is managed by a body or organization and has not been operating for a long time. People generally refer to startups as startups. Because this company has not been operating for a long time, it still needs to do development and research in various sectors.

In addition, this organization is still in the process of finding the right target market of consumers. This company recruits young people who have high morale. Not only that, employees at the average startup company have an understanding of the latest technology.

Differences in Corporate and Startup Work Culture

Of course, you’re wondering what the difference is between corporate or conventional companies that have been around for a long time and large existing businesses? Therefore it is necessary to know the difference first before determining the direction of your career. There are several differences between corporate and startup, namely as follows: 

Working hours in corporate and startup

The main difference between working in a startup and corporate is at work time. Corporations usually have standard and binding working hours rules in accordance with the rules that have been set. If there are employees who arrive late, usually the company will make a cut of food or other money, depending on the company’s agreement. But if it comes too late and already exceeds the limit, the company will cut money from the base salary.

Of course, this system of working hours is perfect for workers who like regularity. But for workers who like the freedom of working hours at startups will be more suitable because it is looser and not patent. Because, the focus of startups is the goals they must achieve, not the rules of working hours. So as long as the work is completed, how long the hour’s work is not a problem. 

Because of flexible working hours, if the work is completed quickly, you can go home before work time in general. However, not infrequently also have hours of overtime until late at night to pursue targets.

Also read: Startup: Characteristics, Development, and Tips

Work culture in corporate and startup

As previously explained, corporate is generally a mature and long-standing company in which there is bureaucracy and hierarchy as a corporate culture. In every employee structure, there are several limitations that affect attitudes and behavior, such as boundaries between bosses and subordinates, staff and managers, juniors and seniors, and so on. So that the culture of politeness, manners, and respect has become a habit and daily in work.

Unlike the work environment of startups that have a much more flexible work culture. Although there is a position structure, in practice the differences in position are not so stark. The thinness of the barrier between positions makes subordinate communication with superiors become much more relaxed and interwoven communication tends to be two-way. 

In addition, in a startup work environment, it is very appreciative of every individual who brings out ideas and ideas because the company believes that it can be a great asset to develop.


Workspaces incorporate companies tend to have separation barriers between one employee and another. It aims to reduce interaction and maintain employee focus while working hours are underway. As a result, corporate enterprises tend to have individualistic people. Usually also prefer a luxury office with a partition between clear parts and the boss has a different room. 

Another case with the office environment in a more open startup company. This aims to facilitate good work communication for every employee. Therefore, startup organizations generally have creative and communicative people. In startup companies, there are still many who have workspaces without bulkheads or commonly known as open space. So that workers can work in one open space without any difference in space between superiors and subordinates. Thus, it will give rise to a good and directed communication system.


Another striking difference is in the salaries and benefits that employees get. Corporate companies have fairly clear rules regarding salaries, overtime pay, benefits, and salary increases. When employees successfully reach the target, then a large bonus will wait in accordance with the calculations and rules of the company. If you have to be overtime and go home at night, then you will get overtime money from the count every hour.

But the amount of salary depends on the length of work and position. However, there are also some companies that are quite light on raising the salaries of their employees despite years of service.

Unlike startups, whose salary for employees depends on the financial capabilities of the organization. However, it is not always synonymous with a small salary value. If the company has reaped profits and gets an injection of capital, then the employees there will get a high salary. In addition, many also dare to offer a higher salary than the previous company. This method aims to be able to get the best employees who can advance the company.

For those of you who have qualified skills, high salaries you can get in startup companies. But the drawback, it is still rare for startup companies not to provide bonuses and benefits because startups are companies that have just started and are still trying to grow so it requires a lot of funds.

Whether startup or corporate, the payroll process will be more efficient with the HRIS System developed by HashMicro. This application can calculate salary calculations automatically and accurately, including withholding PPh 21 which does not need HR to calculate manually.


Startup companies give their employees the freedom to dress casually. For example, wearing a T-shirt and jeans. While corporate companies tend to set formal dress codes for their employees. 

Communication structure

Within startups, employees can communicate flexibly and freely without a flashy barrier. This aims to break the distance of position and make it easier for subordinate employees to give positive feedback for the progress of the company, so as to create two-way communication.

Another case is with corporate companies that have a more structured and formal communication system. As a result, many employees do not know each other because of different divisions or positions.



That’s the explanation of corporate companies and various differences with startup companies. After understanding the comparison, you can determine your future career by adjusting your personality to the type of destination company. If you are a creative person and are not happy with many work rules, can choose a startup company for a career. However, conversely, if you are a person who tends to be happy with certainty, then it’s good to have a career in a corporate company.

For every company of any type, in order to facilitate the processing, use cloud ERP Software from HashMicro. With this software, you can automate various aspects of the business and can be customized according to your company’s needs. Take more accurate decisions with the support of the most advanced business management software.

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Thamia Farisatuddiniyah
Thamia Farisatuddiniyah
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