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lesser-known company? [#permalink] New post 20 Apr 2008, 19:03
Hi folks,
Just wondering: the company where I currently work (and from which I have all full-time experience) is not very well known outside the industry. Within the healthcare informatics field, it's very well known and respected but! outside the field, I don't think most have heard of it.

Will this impact my application negatively? Anything I can do to prevent that?

Thanks for your help,
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Re: lesser-known company? [#permalink] New post 20 Apr 2008, 19:35
I would say most people applying to b-school do not work for the most well known companies. I think it is much more important what you have accomplished at your current job than having a name brand on your resume (outside of a few highly regarded companies, Google, P&G, GE, Goldman, Bain, etc.).
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Re: lesser-known company? [#permalink] New post 21 Apr 2008, 04:50
I agree with JB.
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Re: lesser-known company? [#permalink] New post 21 Apr 2008, 05:46
ac8706 wrote:
Hi folks,
Just wondering: the company where I currently work (and from which I have all full-time experience) is not very well known outside the industry. Within the healthcare informatics field, it's very well known and respected but! outside the field, I don't think most have heard of it.

Will this impact my application negatively? Anything I can do to prevent that?

Thanks for your help,
AC.


I don't think this is an issue - it'll be all about your essays and your work experiences. I met tons of people (including myself) at admit weekends who worked for small companies or large companies I had never heard of (along with plenty of the usual suspects as well).

If you are really concerned about it, have one of your recommenders write a 2-3 sentence writeup on your company in one of your recs putting your work experiences into the appropriate context.
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Re: lesser-known company? [#permalink] New post 21 Apr 2008, 07:35
I work for a small regional bank ($6B in assets). I think this actually helped me because I get more hands-on experience compared to banks with thousands upon thousands of employees. As others have said, it will come down to your experience in your essays, and coming from a small company might help you with that.
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Re: lesser-known company? [#permalink] New post 21 Apr 2008, 23:14
I agree with the other posters - I've worked at two companies, one is 'the' name in the field and the other is barely known (and a lot smaller). While having the name on my resume was great, it was the experience at the no-name company that I could really talk about (and, from a non-application standpoint, was really interesting). Makes me really think about how much (or if) I want to return to another large, well known company after school...
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Re: lesser-known company? [#permalink] New post 23 Apr 2008, 07:43
Thanks everyone for your thoughts. I had already planned to talk about what my company does in my essays - thanks for the suggestion to have my recommenders include that in their letters as well!

Also, I definitely get more hands-on experience than friends in similar roles at the bigger name companies - thanks for suggestion that I emphasize that!

thanks!
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