Its been quite sometime now and people have started realizing the power of startups in the ecosystem of entrepreneurial journey. Yet, most of the startup employees have tendency of hopping into big brands as they look upon the big names for the sake of their professional growth.
I completely agree to the fact that if not more at least 60%-70% startups boasts of providing the real value creation. At times, their longevity do not surpass even the second round of funding. While there are still others those who adopt exit strategy by allowing themselves to get acquired by big company.
I have been associated with a startup since more than half of a decade and one thing that I have learned is ‘value is about what one does than where one is’. There was a time when I was freaking scared of computers leave alone other gizmos but the startup journey in the realm of IT helped me in combating my fears.
Coming back to my point, many people have their own reasons which compels them to join forces with brands – family pressure, security, financial stability, resume stuffing or it could be to relish a different kind of experience all together. Or they might prefer sipping coffee alone in their cubicles keeping laptops on desks than sitting on bean bags (in office) where we keep laptops on chairs or laps maybe :P. Did I mention the formals, how I hate wearing them but there’ll be no entry to employees without tuxedos in big corporates. For majority, brands provide a gateway to unlimited financial success and security which of course startups cannot.
Working with a startup is like a roller coaster ride, ain’t digested by everyone. Brands have a well defined working process but startups have to row their own boat. There might be times, when one process doesn’t work, change of sails is the order of fashion.
Working with a startup for quite a long time will never be a loss, even if one has witnessed the complete socio-economic life cycle of the self rowing startup. Even if the startup is no more but it’ll sprinkle the learnings which am sure would be very difficult to get even from degrees . But as I mentioned before, the ride is not for everyone.
Working on the possibilities of pulling a dying end-of-life product is an experience worth having. It gives altogether a different and constructive outlook towards world and life in general.
Thinking on the same lines, I feel there are two sets working professionals – one, a set of people having a killing desire of harvesting a dying end-of-life product. This segment also has an advantage of earning hands on experience in different areas of organization as well again because of the flexibility of working approach.
Then comes the other niche, in here, people manages to give an upward direction to their professional graph by working with brands. They gel well with the corporate culture and are more than happy working on the same lines & processes throughout their timeline in the company.
Depending upon the personalities of individuals both provide growth opportunities. Its up to the employees how they take advantage of the probability being offered. I value both but on personal level I would prefer working with startups than the big names any day; after all, am a startup person at heart..