Working at a startup is more than nap pods, catered lunches, and beer on tap.
Hollywood captured the inside of Google through the comedic duo of Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson in the movie The Internship, a story about two old-school salesmen looking for a career change. As they stumble through the internship program, the world is given a glimpse of what it actually looks like to work at Google. This is exactly what their campus looks like on a day to day basis (just with much more work happening), and after being named the “Happiest Company in America”, 2 million people every year try to work there.
In reality, all startups don’t look like Google. For those who miss out on working at Google, here are some real perks of working at a startup.
Wear different hats
Startups offer the chance to learn anything and everything about the company in a fast-paced environment. They are usually a small team with limited resources, and their success depends on the flexibility of their team. You’ll quickly find out your strengths and weaknesses. This is a great way to build an impressive, and rounded skill-set to sell to future employers.
Make an impact daily
Red tape, and layers of approval found in a corporate environment are rare. Professionals in startups get feedback fast, and see an immediate result from their efforts. They have a chance to own their work, and personally reap the benefits of driving a project forward. This is a prime reasons startups are careful in who they hire, and need employees who can perform under this type of pressure.
Love your work
Working at a startup may give you an opportunity to do work you enjoy. They may also be attacking a problem you are passionate about solving. Startups will often hire professionals who care about their mission, and fit their culture. They rely on a willingness to put in extra hours when necessary to reach a common goal. It’s no secret that if professionals are passionate about their work, they are more likely to work longer hours and even weekends to finish their work.
Leave the 9-5 behind
Its common for startups to offer less rules and more flexibility. The typical 9-5 workday might not exist, and perks like work-from-home and flexible hours are often given. Depending on how well capitalized a startup is, they will be creative with their perks to lure in skilled professionals. Perks like work from home, unlimited vacation, and flexible hours are often a rarity at larger corporations.