Working in Start-up IT Companies – good, bad or ugly?

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This is the generation where everyone wants to set up a business, whether in IT or other fields. “Start-up” is the name which is given once a business is set up and it starts making waves around in the business world. So is working in these companies a good thing or a bad thing?

Startup companies usually do offer a very competitive salary to employ good candidates and that’s where their biggest advantage lies. Most of the time professionals change jobs to these startups thinking about their growth opportunities in a smaller organization with a substantial raise on their salary. But does it really work like that? The fact of the matter is, every professional changes his/her job thinking about a raise in salary plus growth opportunities and startups are no different. The thing that IT professionals think is with the growth of the organization, everyone in the team grows but that is exaggerated a little bit. Due to the growth of companies like “Whatsapp”, Flipkart (in India) people started taking things too seriously. The fact of the matter is one startup in every 100 or 1000 grows bigger and most of the others fail; And the rest of them slowly start to fade away or change their business which is also equal to failing. On top of that, there is a huge work pressure considering you cannot and do not assign your work or share the workload with many team members. Usually in a Startup, it’s a grinding schedule- day after day, week after week, month after month.

However when you take up a position in a big organization, the delegation is usually hierarchical. Growth opportunities are limited as one might be competing with a huge number of employees but it is often compared with Startups which is not ideal. Big organizations have good training and coaching plans, a performance improvement plan, a mentor to support you-atleast in the initial stages; this atleast gives many professionals a place to be secure and learn at your own pace. Having said that, I’m not supporting any particular environment here but Startups are not always a great idea of someone having many years of work experience. Someone who is starting his/her career might find it useful to do his work independently and then go on to work for a bigger organization unless the startup itself is growing big time. Usually this is NOT the case most of the times. The best way to judge whether a Startup is growing or not is the way they are hiring people- if the trend is going higher and higher with more metrics, SLA and employees increasing every quarter, that more or less tells you the story; it’s very obvious to find out if they are on a firing spree.

My thoughts: Start a career with Startup as they pay you a good salary with independent learning (on the job) and see if the company is growing big time in 2 years. Review in a year’s time and take a decision within 2 years to stick around or go on to work for a bigger organization.



Iam a Microsoft Certified IT Professional with certifications in Active Directory, Network Infrastructure and Server 2008. Apart from passion for learning new technologies, I speak German and very much interested in sharing my knowledge, whether it is German or Information Technology.

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