Early employees

New / Eng

New Eng

Dec 27, 2018 15 Comments

Anyone else feel like joining a startup as an early employee is a bad decision?

Assuming that 99% of startups fail, an early employee has little chance in making FU money but take on all the stresses as a founder for decreased salary and benefits.


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TOP 15 Comments
  • Airbnb / Other IdkdjmakGn
    From a pure monetary standpoint, it’s probably not worth it. From an experience standpoint, it’s definitely worth it
    Dec 27, 2018 0
  • F5 Networks Op64em
    Yes, this is true. Unless you're a founder.
    Dec 27, 2018 0
  • Facebook public2
    If you are early in your career it is always a good decision. The learning opportunity cannot be beat.
    Dec 27, 2018 0
  • New / Product mmrr
    Some of us think it is a fun experience too.
    Dec 27, 2018 0
  • Jet.com MAL93
    I much prefer startups. Just important to pick the right ones...
    Dec 27, 2018 2
    • Amazon / Eng smsn sns
      If someone is good in that, he could be part of hedge fund and not startup.
      Dec 27, 2018
    • Jet.com MAL93
      VC is easier
      Dec 27, 2018
  • Medtronic / Eng SnakeDr
    I’ve had my attempts at this, and it’s never paid off, but it was a decent ride...so given the right situation at the right time, it can be worth the risk.
    Dec 27, 2018 0
  • If everyone thinks like this, then there will be only startup founders and no employees. People taking big risk and some of them did get luck and got FU money.

    The ones staying at more established companies usually whining on blind and working till their 60s lol.
    Dec 27, 2018 0
  • Ness Technologies __|__
    Working for startup is good only when you are in undergraduate
    Dec 27, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Eng smsn sns
    Bad decision specifically in this time.

    If you are having good financial cushion and passion to co tribute to the field of that startup, go ahead.
    Dec 27, 2018 0
  • New / Eng MSFT_fte
    Bad decision, financially, unless you can't get any other job. If you're crazy or delusional enough that you think you want to start your own company one day, it helps you a lot to see the end to end process closely.
    Dec 27, 2018 0
  • New


    Do good work at a startup and you'll be able to find a new job no problem no matter the outcome
    Dec 28, 2018 0
  • Zscaler Koisjshe
    Doing it for the money is a bad idea. There is only a 5% chance of the company even making it beyond a couple of years. But the intense experience in the initial years is worth it.
    Dec 27, 2018 0
  • New DvVM00
    yes, that is the general consensus. don’t join a startup to make money. however there are plenty of valid reasons to join an early stage startup.
    Dec 27, 2018 0

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