Everyone wants to work where there is a better work-life balance. There is nothing wrong with this and it totally depends on personal choice. People are oftentimes confused about whether to join a startup or a larger company. A startup may sound risky compared to a well-settled MNC company, but the experience you will get as a startup employee is worth taking a risk especially early on in your career.
In today’s post, I am going to share my experience in a startup. Also, we’ll discuss what are the perks of being a part of a startup company, and how they will help you land your dream job in the future.
Most startup jobs won’t pay like some of the bigger corporate jobs. You 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 on skills attained and opportunities seized. The experience will outweigh the pay cut. I know that if I would have accepted a smaller position at a higher-paying and recognizable IT company I would still be maintaining someone else’s legacy code.
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 might be nobody else in the company who has the same skillset, problem-solving approach, or thinking the same way you do.
When I joined Blackcurrant, the core team was pretty much already in place. After just a few weeks, I became the Full stack developer from a junior developer. A few weeks later, I was part of client meetings & the entire SDLC. Time estimation, bug fixes, and development all came to me and my little island of responsibility.
This pushed me to be more versatile, more reliable, and more productive than in any other project I’d undertaken–at any time during college. At a bigger company, I may not have been given the same opportunity or had an entire company rely on the work that I did. I was definitely not the most important part of the team but for sure I was integral to the team. And that’s an empowering place to be right out of college.
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One of the biggest complaints I hear from friends who have entered into a more structured, corporate position is that they are generally stuck with their main task and don’t get to branch out into other areas. Whether it’s writing code, designing, testing, or any other task, it’s usually a one-person fit one task kind of position.
Working at a startup will allow you to try on a lot of different things, even the ones that you didn’t like, but it will give you exposure. Looking back on the past three years that I’ve worked at Blackcurrant, I’ve lost track of all the different tasks that I’ve been able to take part in, from ML projects to multiple POC projects. I came into Blackcurrant as a junior developer, but now I feel comfortable in a lot of different areas such as explaining features and limitations to the clients, talking to developers about how certain things are possible and not possible, deciding the architecture of the project, and much more.
I’ve seen & learned that if you work at a bigger company, chances are that all of your hard work is going to be ignored by the boss, manager or someone else is going to snag the credit. But at a startup, it’s nearly impossible not to notice a job well done or to give credit where credit is due. A small team will recognize it instantly if you succeed. On the other side, it’s also really easy to see when you’ve screwed up. For two reasons, this is a good thing.
The first is that it’s nearly impossible to slack off. Within a few days, your inactiveness will be noticed and the rest of the team will understand why they are working harder than they have to. That will keeps you focused.
The second reason is that because 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.
I wear jeans to work. If there isn’t at least one really good joke or music in an hour, it’s probably a slow day. Countless Friday parties. Flexible work hours.
Working with clients gives you exposure to how your work is helping the world to solve their problems. Bigger organizations or IT firms will never allow junior developers to directly communicate with clients, only the BAs and PMs work with them.
We have already seen or heard that employees are leaving well-paid jobs due to politics in the company. Promotions, work recognization are only given to selected people or relatives of management. In a startup, there is nothing like this. Everything is transparent and clear to management. The office is 2nd home, where you spend 50% of your time during workdays. Startups provide this atmosphere where you can focus on your work rather than thinking about politics. This will boost up your productivity much more and also your mental health.
I hope my experience will help you to choose between startup & MNC. If your goal is to improve your skillset & experience you should definitely go for a startup without hesitation.