News about startups that were born in a garage and now make millions seduce many employees who are dissatisfied with their jobs. With the country going through a difficult time like it is now, several professionals have also lost their positions in large companies and are willing to start over with a startup.
But is this kind of work really all this wonder?
It is not news among those seeking a better placement that many startups are revolutionizing the way of doing business and providing services. But will working with these young people who are debunking traditional businesses with a different way of looking at things be a good deal for my career?
Like almost everything in this life, working at a startup has its good side, but it also has its bad side. We talked to professionals who chose this path and tried to list below some of the main points to be evaluated by those who intend to work in this type of company.
Being a partner in the business
Since, in the beginning, most startups cannot offer big salaries, they adopt hiring strategies that include project bonuses, profit sharing and even the possibility of acquiring company shares. That is, if the business evolves quickly, you can have surprising remuneration.
Informality in the work environment
Flexible working hours, after-hours happy hour, pool and ping-pong table, in addition to the possibility of going to work with those jeans you love. The work environment in startups is relaxed, with many young people, and everyone can feel free to perform their duties.
The number of employees in an early-stage startup is small. If you arrive and show service soon, the founders and administrators will put you on a board with the responsibility of managing large projects.
Development of multiple skills
The structure of a startup is very flexible, with professionals who know how to work in different areas. When starting in a company like this, you will necessarily be forced to learn different tasks and make decisions that you wouldn’t make in other companies.
Proximity with colleagues
As the team is small, everyone helps each other and tries to work in great harmony. It won’t be new to stay up all night working with your co-worker and take trips with him. When you least realize it, you will be venting about personal problems, and a great friendship will have formed.
Many entrepreneurs compare working at a startup to riding a roller coaster. One day everything is going well; on the other strong turmoil. If you don’t handle pressure and risk well, look elsewhere.
People who are not proactive tend to have difficulties since the structure is horizontal, and no one usually says what the other will do in the startup. Many are the bosses themselves and, as they say, they learn “by force” with practice.
The employees of a startup are usually young, many without a career plan. This leads to sudden changes in plans, resignations to open their own startup and harassment from other companies. The result is the difficulty of keeping the same team trained and aware of the company’s culture.
Less structured career
It is not uncommon for employees to take on projects in areas they did not master and fail because of it. There is also no defined career path, which can generate frustrating expectations due to promotions and undesirable comparisons with other employees.
As many startups have not yet made a name for themselves in the market, the passage of a professional through them tends not to be as valued by a recruiter in a future selection process. Thus, being a director of startup “X” may not have the same weight as an internship at a famous consultancy “Y”.