"If you want to understand how a business works, go work for a startup. You'll get insight into every area of a business and get a better understanding of what you enjoy and what you don't" says Bruce Walker, Managing Director at FutureX. 💬
Over the past few years, start-ups have become increasingly popular for bringing innovative solutions to society, offering a flexible working environment, and being an overall cool place to work. When it comes to choosing a career, there is no right and wrong answer, but what is important is to know exactly what your career goals are before deciding between a start-up or corporate.
So, what is working in a start-up really like? What does start-up culture involve? And how can this benefit your career? 🤔
Startups tend to be mission-driven organizations. Their intent is more than just driving revenue, but rather to solve problems and make the world a better place.
Start-ups are always on the lookout for future employees with the same goal. By taking on multiple responsibilities and working closely with senior members, you’ll be able to prove your worth from the beginning making it more likely to reach managerial positions much quicker than you would in a large corporate company.
You help with everything at a start-up, giving you a lot more responsibility than you’d get in a bigger company. Although you’ll be hired partly on your skills and ability, managers will also be looking for people ready to take on new challenges and learn beyond their job descriptions. Opportunities for learning and growth are endless with added responsibility.
Your impact is evident and rewarded
The nature of a start-up team creates an environment where you don’t feel like you’re just a cog in a wheel. Larger, more established companies tend to have more structure and clearer hierarchies. Whereas in start-up's, your place in the company is highly visible, and the impact of your work is more apparent than if you were in a more specialized position. And with the tight culture of most start-ups, everyone is encouraging each other and quick to recognize their teammates success. 🥇
In a survey of more than 100 entrepreneurs, 37 percent said that a new venture’s biggest challenge is getting the team right. It’s so important for start-up businesses to ensure the team shares the same values, beliefs, attitudes and behaviours to contribute to a great team culture. Colin Hewitt, CEO & Founder of FloatApp says, "at a start-up you have a chance to really help create the culture rather than push against an established one.” A start-up environment is often perceived as being less formal than a corporate environment and typically a fast-paced culture in which creativity, communication and enjoyment are valued.
Employee satisfaction is essential to a company's overall success, which is why it's crucial to offer incentives and perks that excite employees as well as attract top talent. One of the best benefits of working for a start-up is that they usually offer attractive perks such as gym memberships, free food, remote work policies and company retreats. Great benefits will keep you healthier and happier at work, plus you’ll probably feel a lot more relaxed. 😊
At UMATR, we are looking for enthusiastic individuals who are keen to work in a startup environment and share a passion of the tech industry.
If finding, speaking and placing some of the most talented software engineers across the globe in their dream positions sounds like something you'd be interested in, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org 📧