I have worked with small and big companies alike in my 11 years in IT Industry. Although, bigger established companies give you a sense of security, I firmly believe that they never utilize full and most often hidden (which the person himself does not know) potential of their employees, thereby seriously affecting their growth. Also, in a big company, you feel like a cog in a large machine — easily replaceable.
In contrast, working for a startup is a roller coaster ride that if given a chance, one should never miss! I bet you will remember the days working with a startup as most thrilling and fulfilling days of your professional career.
Here are 7 reasons why one should work with a startup.
Startups often start on a shoestring budget. Everyone has to do everything, from founders to developers to office boy and most importantly, everything matters !
Scope for creativity:
Startups give you complete freedom to think creatively. They are always receptive to new ideas that will help improve the product / service. This, over a period of time becomes an habit, and often allow you to think out of the box.
Sense of Belonging:
In startups, employees are often more like a family than merely a group of coworkers. When you’re as friendly with the founders as you are with the person sitting next to you, you feel a strong sense of togetherness and purpose that larger companies often lack.
One of the biggest thrills of working in a startup is overcoming frequent challenges that are thrown at you and accompanying sense of accomplishment once you overcome those challenges.
Skill building Opportunities:
Like I mentioned earlier, in a startup, everyone has to do everything, even the task that are outside your comfort zone. One day you play a role of a UI designer, the next day of a developer and following day you may be closing a deal. This allows you to develop host of new skills that help you through-out your professional career.
Big risks, bigger rewards:
Working is a startup is risky. There are chances that startup may not take-off. However, if the startup is successful and is acquired or goes public you surely stand to make good moolah in form of equity or incentives. Even if the startup fails, you still walk away with wealth of professional experience and varied skills.
Sense of Pride:
Once the startup is launched, you can take pride in it’s success and the role that you played. If the startup fails, you can still take pride in having had the guts to take the chance and walk on less travelled path !