Smaller companies always get acquired by larger companies.How would you like to go to the other smaller company only to see you old company acquire it. I have seen this happen. Then you go from the hammer to being the nail. Once a merger occurs all the redundant positions are elimated. I've always been a gambler but I'd take a real hard look. The job market is getting tight out there and you do have 15 years senority where you are.
It's better to be a big fish in a small pond in my opinion.
I agree w/generika; ck things out, love the smaller companies - but I wonder if you can also carry business with you to the new company as well.
My kid just did the same thing; stable position with a large corp - lots of bs and too much travel. he's moving 1100 miles and he keeps referring to it as a 'thrilling thriller'.
good luck - let us know what you decide!
Get the financials on both sides - their quarterly and yearly reports as well as YOUR own financial situation. If it didn't work out at the the smaller company, would you be able to move on to a similar position easily and do you have savings to finance that possible delay?
You may be the organizer they need. Get the facts and then go with your gut! Good luck!
From my own experiences, a smaller company with less political and bureaucratic red tape is better suited to my personality type. The large one I work for now is hell. If you are going to be important position that looks secure, perhaps you can change some the "irresponsibilities" you see. But as a previous poster said, you need to weigh the good with the bad. In this current economy I would go with more secure position.
It really depends on where you think you will fit in best. There are risks involved in working for a small company, but there are also risks involved in working for an overly bureaucratic one which is losing business to competitors.
To me this looks almost a no brainer, but you know your situation best, so make your own decision.
"Remember that the grass is always greener on the other but just as hard to mow"- The John Butler Trio sang that and in life experience it seems to be true. But with taking a risk nothing can be gained nor lost.
So ask yourself what is the worse that can happen? If one door closes another will always open.
If you think you'll be just as secure in the smaller company, I guess the only issue would be whether you have a non-comp agreement with your current job.
You may find that the different corporate culture at the new place will make you hate that job worse than the one you are at. Maybe they want you because you can bring them some organization and responsibility. Be careful whatever you do.
All I can say...The grass may look greener on the other side. Just be careful and do what you think is best. With the way the economy is, I'd want a secure job.