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Big hotel chain verse a small Inn

I am interested in hospitality management and more specifically in event coordination. I have discovered that in the work place I value support from my employers. And although I love the idea of working all around the world for the same hotel chain, would I find more employer support in a smaller hotel or inn? #hospitality #hotels #hospitality-management

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Quinn’s Answer

Great question Amelia. In my career in Hospitality I have worked for independent hotels as well as a chain. What I will say is the "boutique" is the way to go if you want the support from your employer. This may come at the expense of a lower salary ( not always the case) and job growth. However your enjoyment and work life balance will be much higher quality at a boutique hotel.

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Brenda’s Answer

Good morning Amelia -

Simply stated, do both. The independent and corporate organizational structure and behavior will afford you great experience. While independent allows for more responsibility at similar tiered roles than a corporate environment, larger companies have incredible system and process in place for both delivery of service and financials. You'll learn to be daring and take risks at an independent. You'll learn how to execute and sustain change at a systemic level at a corporate house.

As for support, unfortunately, this depends more on the person for whom you work than where you work. Ask questions for clarification all the time. Ask questions about elements of the business you are interested in from all levels of leadership. Don't be afraid to be your own best advocate when it comes to your learning.

Lastly, be cognizant when you become the expert and always offer assistance to those coming up in the ranks who are looking for support.

Have fun and enjoy.
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Ajay’s Answer

Hello Amelia,


While I resonate the opinion of Quinn Casey, allow me to elaborate. Often times we are scared of corporate culture and apprehensive about our chances of success in there. Just know 20% of employee brings 80% work done, 20% of efforts brings 80% results. The mechanism within us should be simple to embrace the 20% group and maintain our value. Embracing on to a human (The case of smaller work environment with direct employer interaction) will certainly limit the life (Knowledge, Opportunity, Money and Ego) but will feel one comfortable & secured (In shorter term, at least in my opinion).


I encourage you (assuming your domestic circumstances permits) to push your enterprise side, take risk and achieve more and stop at nothing. Embrace the fact that you eat, drink and sleep this stuff (career).


Best wishes,

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