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I usually use "at a company" but I have encountered some articles using "in a company", "in XYZ firm" or "in an organization".

Which one is right?

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"Works for XYZ" is what I hear most often. –  advs89 Mar 18 '11 at 15:38

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Use:

I work in/at/for a company that makes microchips.

I work at/for Intel.

I work in/for Intel's accounting division. (in sounds more natural in this case)

There is virtually no difference in meaning, except that I would notice:

  • for tends to emphasize the relationship you have as an employee to your employer

  • in / at are more about the physical place (this is where you go to work every day)

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+1 for actually explaining yourself more generally rather than just stating the specific answer. –  advs89 Mar 18 '11 at 15:43
  • I work at Avaya. — YEAH
  • I work for Avaya — YEAH
  • I'm with Avaya — YEAH
  • *I work in Avaya? — NOPE

Edit: "I work with Avaya" is more likely to mean you aren't an employee but may be an independent contractor of some kind.

Thanks @Robusto for the insights!

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What the heck? Why the downvote! Oh God, Mercy! –  n0nChun Mar 18 '11 at 10:34
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"I work with Avaya" implies that you might work for another company which is working on a project with Avaya, rather than being an employee of Avaya. –  Steve Melnikoff Mar 18 '11 at 13:35
    
You can still use it. I was just exhausting all the possibilities. –  n0nChun Mar 18 '11 at 13:42
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@n0nChun: Saying you work "with" a company is not the same as saying you work "for" or "at" that company. However, you can use "with" without the "working" to mean the same thing: "I'm with Avaya" means you work for Avaya. "I work with Avaya" is more likely to mean you aren't an employee but may be an independent contractor of some kind. –  Robusto Mar 18 '11 at 14:32
    
@Robusto: Edited. –  n0nChun Mar 18 '11 at 15:01

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