We are certainly aware that there are different kinds of startups. Here, we will talk about those small businesses currently in their initial stages, where the delivery rate of new features is pretty high, and the team is relatively small.
Working in such a company is only for some. As in every part of your life, there are always pros and cons. After two years of working in various startups, I want to share my thoughts.
But remember that the only way to know the truth is to try it yourself!
Let’s start with the positive things: the pros.
Ability to try a new technology
When you apply to work for a big company, in most cases, you will use the stack they have already used for years, so it’s almost impossible to change something. But in a startup, this works differently. For example, let’s picture a company that operates in multiple external services and wants to monitor weekly revenue by all products. As a developer, you will likely have the opportunity to choose where to host, which database and library to use, and the overall technology you think will work best. It’s incredible.
Involvement and responsibility
From day one, you are part of the team and have your voice! Don’t be shy to suggest ideas on what can be done. Startups, in most cases, are very dynamic and fast-growing, so I’m sure you won’t have to wait forever for your work to go into production. And when you know your work is valuable and usable, you feel much more responsible. As if it was your startup.
Just in case you don’t know— It’s MUCH more exciting to work on a project when everyone is interested in quality and trying to do their best! And with such a high-quality team, there is always a way for self-improvement.
Learning new skills
Doing lots of different things might sound suitable for some. But for me, honestly, it’s a HUGE advantage for me to learn something new, be it in Data Science, Backend, or DevOps. The knowledge in different fields helped me a lot while working in startups, and it’s also a great way to grow! Even if my primary role is Data Engineering.
Now, let’s go with some cons…
Stability may be the main concern for everyone who someday thought of trying to work in a startup.
Startups may lose money, close, cut down development, etc… But the best thing is that at Howdy, we have that covered. If your startup cuts down growth, Howdy will find a new opportunity for you so you won’t have to worry about losing your job.
When you are the only person developing a Machine Learning model used in production, you need to be sure it’s working well and stable. If an unexpected error occurs, you must fix it even if you are on vacation drinking a Margarita near the ocean. Or you can look at it as an opportunity for self-improvement! (To suggest your ideas on improving the product to the whole team.)
In startups, change is frequent and constant. From embarking on a whole different route on a project to switching up the roles of staff with short notification, the titles, responsibilities, and tasks of startup employees are continuously modified.
While working in a startup may only be for some, it can be an excellent opportunity for those looking for a challenging and rewarding career. From the ability to try new technology to the chance to be involved and responsible, there are many pros to consider. However, it’s essential to remember that stability can be a concern, and the environment can be fast-paced and constantly changing.
Working in a startup could be an excellent fit if you’re up for the challenge and enjoy being an integral part of a small team.