10 Reasons you should work at a tech startup
Ever imagined, how it would be like working for a Tech Startup? We have compiled a list of advantages that you might be associate yourself with if you get a chance to work for a Startup. To begin with we must say that the Startup founders know the art of pampering their employees. The red carpet treatment ranges from picking up your laundry to buying your groceries as Talview.com, a video interview platform, offers to its employees.
Sanjoe Jose, Co-Founder and CEO of the company, says this is basically to ensure that employees feel at home in the workplace.Timesaverz.com, a home services provider startup with 17 employees, has ensured that all employees get same kind of facilities. Debadutta Upadhyay, CEO, says everyone from the peon to the founders is entitled to stock options. “We treat all as shareholders of the company. There is an open box space and, no closed structure,” he adds.
Here are the 10 reasons you should work at a tech,
1. You get to bring something new into the world
Only the very first employees get to create the initial code base, close the very first customers and figure out the script and the playbook, figure out a 1.0 (o r even 0.1) version of a core feature/product/etc. that millions will use down the road.
2. You’ll have more responsibility
Working at a startup probably means you’re part of a small team, most likely in the single digits. Because of the nature of having such a small team, there is probably nobody else in the company who has the same skillset as you, approaches problems in the same way you do, or even thinks the same way you do.
3. You’ll be given more opportunities
We probably don’t need to tell you that most startup jobs won’t pay as well as some of the bigger corporate and business jobs. You (or your degree) may be worth more than a startup is able to pay. But working at a startup offers a different type of reward: an incentive-based system that isn’t based on dollars, but rather in skills attained and opportunities seized. The experience will outweigh the pay cut.
4. You’ll be able to do a lot of different things
Working at a startup will allow you to try on a lot of different hats, even that weird one that you didn’t think you would ever like, but find out that you did. With that experience you will feel comfortable in a lot of different areas, as you grow in your career.
5. You will learn from true innovators
People who start their own business have a different mental and professional makeup than those who have never gone off to create something of their own. Entrepreneurs are defined by seeing a problem and thinking of an innovative and original way of addressing it. Because of this innovative nature, entrepreneurs are some of the best people to learn from. They approach problems differently, are constantly finding solutions, and are driven to make the most out of their time and work. Every successful startup has true innovators, and if you find the right ones, you’ll learn plenty.
6. Your work will be recognized (as will your failures)
Within a few days, your coasting and slacking will be noticed and the rest of the team will wonder why they are working harder than they have to. That keeps you focused and on your game. Secondly failure is easier to notice, you’ll make sure to eliminate mistakes in order to avoid disappointing your colleagues. Stay focused, startup employee, and your successes will be recognized and your failures minimized. And when the rest of the team says “We couldn’t have done it without you,” you can be confident that they mean it.
7. You’ll work in an awesome atmosphere
Let’s count the ways:
If there isn’t at least one really good joke in an hour, it’s probably a slow day.
Everyone else who works at a startup has the same drive and excitement for creation as you do.
The startup community is a great, close-knit group. All around you, people are coming up with innovative solutions to age-old problems or making that new tool that simplifies or enhances your life in some way. That entrepreneurial spirit is contagious.
The pampering stretches to the employees’ family as well. At Talview for instance, the family of the employee is also part of office dinners. What more, the parents of the employees are invited to the workplace on the first day to see where their child works.
For instance, at Smartprix.com, a startup into online comparison shopping startup, the focus is to make office work more enjoyable. Abhinav Choudhary, co-founder of the company, says quarterly feedbacks and suggestions are given prime importance in designing new policies for employees.
8. You’ll learn to be frugal
Working at startup probably means that money is tight. Whether you’ve been showered with investor love or the founder has a really wealthy uncle, the company will still be thinking of ways to do more with less. No extravagance, no frills, no extraneous booze cruises. Instead, the business development intern will learn how to design and code the blog, the writer will sometimes do the dishes, and at the start you’ll find a way to fit nine people around an eight person table (hint: extra chair). This frugality and monetary responsibility will undoubtedly bleed into your own life as well, and you’ll end up finding new ways to find fulfilment other than burning the money you earn. Instead, you’ll probably discover a joy in creating and doing, rather than consuming. You’ll find happiness in being part of a team that is trying to make other people’s lives easier, more fun, and more manageable.
9. You’ll be instilled with the value of hard work, ownership, and self-sustainability
Maybe more important than any other benefit of working at a startup is the realization that hard work, creative thinking, and tenacity are worth a whole lot. Once you’ve created something of your own, something tangible and whole, something you can touch, feel, or use, you really begin to appreciate personal ownership. For those who do not actively create, or are continuously creating for someone else’s benefit, it’s difficult to understand the great importance of personal ownership and the liberty needed to pursue that ownership. Working at a startup and spreading the news of your team’s product, a product that you helped bring into existence, teaches the value of that ownership and gives you pride in your work. It is this pride, in your team’s hard-work and ability that teaches you the importance of protecting those who do create innovative solutions and take risks.
10. You get additional perks
As per Human resource experts, since startups may not be able to match salary with that of the biggies, they offer several other perks including a flexible work timing, stock options, a share in profits and a better work-life balance. Ramit Sethi, Founder and Chief Mentor, CareerCo, a startup that helps people make career choices said that in their company, employees do not have to always be in office and can work from home. “We do not have a formal tight office structure. We have open discussions to involve all employees. We not only have stock options but also have revenue sharing with senior employees and high performers,” he says.
Hence, all these advantages add up to a fun andmeaningful tenure, which will lead to our growth not only on a professional front but on personal grounds as well.