Startups in India are at an all time high. The industry has gotten so enormous that every second company you see is a startup. Every idea turns into a startup and surprisingly, they all seem to be working. Receiving funding is crucial for them as their success is being judged harshly on the kind of funding they have received. There’s plenty of startups jobs in Mumbai that are available. With this continuous rise, the question we all have on our mind is -
what is it like to work at a startup?
Awkward moments are not so awkward.
- Long nights, strange food. Working at a startup means you’re going to be doing overtime. Not the kind that’s enforced, but one where you would want to stay back. If you find yourself gorging on junk food at work and sorting out your emails at 1am, you’re at a startup.
- Infrastructure issues. Do you have siblings? Congratulations. You’ve spent your whole life preparing for this moment. When the bathroom in your room is nonfunctional, the race to the next room is like competing for the TV remote with your sister.
- Oh, also, your chair is probably going to be stolen too.
- Any designation.So your designation says presales, does it? Haha. You’ll be handling social media too. You know, like having a side business. A great thing to learn from this is becoming a literal professional at multitasking. The possibilities are endless.
- Open door policy.Startups usually follow an open door policy. Unlike corporates, your boss will not be sitting in his private office with a desk of his own, available upon request. The CEO will probably be sitting next to you on a chair, talking to the plumber to get that bathroom in your room fixed.
- Ideas are always welcome.Participating in projects and giving out your own opinions and ideas is a positive aspect of jobs in startup companies. Knowing that you’re a valuable member, even if it’s a company of just 40, is a motivational boost in itself. Ideas at startups are always taken into consideration and given a chance, especially if it’s about a certain way you want to carry out your functions.
- Chaos.The word describes itself. If you can’t handle 12 people having completely different conversations and still manage to hear what your colleague is trying to say, jobs at startups are probably not the best option for you. There’s always so much going on, but not losing track of what you’re doing is a quality you must possess.
- Flexible timings.The best thing ever to be implemented, or should I say exempted, are work timings. If the thought of going to work anytime you want and leaving anytime you want doesn’t sound like music to your ears, get out. Corporates await your application.
- Brainstorming sessions.Since startups are always initiating something new, intense sessions to plan strategies is a popular scenario. These are fun and positive meetings held to bring out the best in you.
- Casual Friday. All day, everyday.Dress codes? What are those? Whether your style is casual slippers or sparkly shoes, they’re all accepted here. Every outfit matters.
True story. While walking around the office talking to people about blog ideas, I opened the door to a room to find 3 gigantic men on top of each other. Not surprised and not exaggerating. Cross-dressing is also a totally legit thing here.