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Old 01-17-2014, 10:43 AM
 
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I went for an interview with a start-up company and it went very well. They want to offer me the job but after thinking extensively about it and discussing with my family, I decided to withdraw my candidacy.

So, this morning, the CEO of the company called me! She really wants me and said she does not want to end the process before I go in to meet with her and the COO.

She addressed 2 of my major concerns:

1. Stability. I'm the type who wants to stay with a company for the longer term (guess I'm old fashion) and I'm not certain of the company's future. It will either be acquired or go under, either way I'm out of a job.

2. The commute. I initially thought I could do it but after reconsidering, I decided I could not do it on a daily basis. The CEO said they have flexibility and even said she's going to ask for a higher salary for me.

I will go and see her and the COO because I think it's a fair request before I make any FINAL FINAL decision.

Has anyone worked at a start up or is working at a start up? Risky?

I know every start up is different but just wanted to get a general sense.
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Old 01-17-2014, 11:28 AM
 
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I work at a very small company that is in the midst of trying to reinvent itself. At this point, I would consider it a start-up. There is no doubt about it, it is risky indeed. There have been layoffs every year for the past 3 years. Recently I thought the company was going to close its doors, but things have stabilized a little. I've heard talks of selling it here and there.

I am like you, I am trying to find a place where I can stay for the super long term (>20 years) and where there is a defined career path/progression roadmap.

It is a good idea to take a look at the competitors of the business and see what they are doing and how viable they are. You might find out that your prospective employer has things all wrong.
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Old 01-17-2014, 12:46 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn,NY
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You can likely count on very long hours, as everyone working is usually expected to really invest themselves in the company mission. As companies start small in most of these cases there will be a closer corporate culture with social outings combining work and play and more job perks may be offered. Some places have everything from ping pong tables to free gym memberships.

Business in the U.S. is fierce, with a win at all costs attitude prevelent in newer companies. If you feel strongly about the product or service and think it has a future, and the job, hours and expectations are high for you and clear from the beginning it could be a good opportunity. Just research the market and company thoroughly.
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Old 01-18-2014, 09:44 AM
 
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My last position was with a startup. Lasted 6 months, now I'm back on the market and the competition is fierce. Like you, I'm a weirdo who longs for long term employment.
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Old 01-22-2014, 02:55 AM
 
Location: Mesa
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I'm the oddball. I've worked for several startups and loved it. You get to create the job and grow with it. If you're someone who thrives on challenge and doesn't mind change, you can't beat working with a start up. Sure, it's risky because you don't know if the company will make it or not, but do your homework and you'll have a fair idea of their potential before you take the job. It's also a great chance to get experience you won't find anywhere else, and that experience goes with you to the next job.

I'm self employed now, and the only thing I'd give it up for is a good start up.
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Old 01-22-2014, 09:41 AM
 
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My last position was with a startup. Lasted 6 months, now I'm back on the market and the competition is fierce. Like you, I'm a weirdo who longs for long term employment.
I'm with you, I specifically didn't search for work with startups and focused on well established companies with a good outlook.
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Old 01-22-2014, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
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I worked for a start up in August. It wasn't my skillset and quit, but they had already been bought out by AutoTrader in June 2013, and with that came all of the benefits of working for Cox Enterprises. The company is winning awards left and right. Haystak Digital Marketing Earns Google AdWords Premier SMB Partner Award for Customer Satisfaction for Second Year in a Row

I expect that they'll be around for a very long time.
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