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What's working at a startup like?

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#1 red87445

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Posted 03 January 2015 - 01:58 PM

I was planning on majoring in CS in college, and I was wondering if you guys had a positive experience at a small startup or would prefer working for a big, established company?


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Posted 03 January 2015 - 07:52 PM

Startups are absolutely fun, and helps a lot with the experience, since you'll not working as a robot but as a proactive part of team. But it's better if they are not so small.


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Posted 04 January 2015 - 04:52 PM

I work with a small, but established, company. Big companies can be an absolute pain to work for. There are a lot of internal politics and turf wars that can be really annoying. Small companies have less of that, but you don't get to be a specialist, either. I have to be ready to do almost anything in almost any language.

 

Startups add risk to being small, but have a lot of potential if successful :)


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Posted 05 January 2015 - 11:26 AM

I worked at one during the dot com boom, and it was fantastic.  It was a "hipster" mentality, and we had a full kitchen and game room.  The stipulation was that we couldn't play if it affected our work, so at around 10 am and 2 pm, we would all do our application builds (on the server) at the same time.  It would bring the server to its knees.  We'd play foosball for almost an hour and a half while the builds were taking place.


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Posted 05 January 2015 - 01:00 PM

In a startup, you have a lots more freedom.

Your idea will count for a lots more, and you will have to touch to a lots of thing at the same time.

Sometime it can get overwhelm, but if you can take it, it's worth it.

 

The negatif part, is that most startup will fail in the first 2-3 years, so you may need to find a other job after a while.


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Posted 07 January 2015 - 02:42 AM

I worked at one during the dot com boom, and it was fantastic.  It was a "hipster" mentality, and we had a full kitchen and game room.  The stipulation was that we couldn't play if it affected our work, so at around 10 am and 2 pm, we would all do our application builds (on the server) at the same time.  It would bring the server to its knees.  We'd play foosball for almost an hour and a half while the builds were taking place.

 

This sounds like my day job, only it's not a start-up and a fairly established company. Can't say I'm not grateful! 


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