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In my career I have two different instances of working for a company which was then acquired by another company. In both cases the acquirer was a larger, known-name company which I'd like to list on my resume.

However at the same time, in one of these cases 80% of my time was spent at the pre-acquisition company, and it would feel wrong to me to claim that I worked for Big Company for the entire 4 year period.

Is there an accepted way to represent this on your CV? I'm nervous that if I attempt to enter something like "Small Company Name / Big Company Name" in the Company or Employer field that this might mess with string matching if I chose to hide my resume from either of these employers.

Or should I list these companies as distinct entries in my CV?

How are other people handling this scenario in their own CV?

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If this keeps on happening, maybe you're some kind of sleeper industrial agent working from the inside to prepare for the takeover by the new company? – random Nov 3 '09 at 14:22
I wish. I bet employers would really find that attractive. – matt b Nov 3 '09 at 14:25

This has happened to me - one job was at four companies (original, buy out, takeover, takeover).

I list them as four separate companies with an explanation of the circumstances of the change.

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  • Original Company, LLC. (2001-2003)

    Assistant Programmer, Coffee Maid, Postal Boy.

    Brought out by Second Company, LLC on Jan 25th 2003.

  • Second Company, LLC. (2003-2004)

    Programmer, Design Architect.

    Taken over by Third Company, LLC on Feb 25th 2004.

  • Third Company, INC. (2004 - 2007)

    Division Lead Programmer, Project Designer, Project Head.

    Taken over by Google on Jul 4th 2007. (Because all company's eventually end at Google.)

  • Google (2007 - Present)

    Head Programming, Project Lead for Projects in North East USA area.

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Makes you look like a job hopper. – Tom Hawtin - tackline Nov 3 '09 at 17:34
I'm going to disagree with you on that one. After all, it's noted that the previous company was taken over by the next. – Mark Tomlin Nov 15 '09 at 10:43

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