New Job is turning out to be very stressful

IBM / Eng vuWC77
Jun 11 24 Comments

Recently switched from a product team at a big company to a startup. Things looked rosy from the outside but it's very chaotic internally. Literally no one is helping in the team. Very less response even if I ask for help. What should I do? How can I learn to be competent and not be dependent on others? #imposter syndrome

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  • New / Eng blindor
    “Very less”
    Jun 11 6
    • New / Eng blindor
      No I have an Indian English -> English translator
      Jun 11
    • IBM / Eng vuWC77
      OP
      Not in a mood to be trolled man.
      Jun 11
    • Logitech pASd78
      I can translate my friend.
      Jun 11
    • Scotiabank 0xFU
      Is translate Indian for translate?
      Jun 11
    • Microsoft dTJQ43
      Why you have to be like this today morning?
      Jun 11
  • Microsoft
    👼god👼

    Microsoft

    PRE
    Facebook, Amazon, Google
    👼god👼more
    Doubt sees the obstacles, but faith sees the way.
    Jun 11 1
    • Intel / Eng CoryP
      🙄
      Jun 11
  • New bricked
    That’s how startups roll in general. Learn to browse the code yourself by finding the right entry points (e.g. sniff the browser requests and grep for them in the codebase).

    Batch any questions you might have and then ask them to a senior dev every couple days, without interrupting multiple times.

    Startups are very chaotic, and there’s almost never any documentation, everything is tribal knowledge buried in code.
    Jun 11 1
    • IBM / Eng vuWC77
      OP
      That's very helpful. Thanks!
      Jun 11
  • Lam Research rektkid
    I joined one of the FAANG and it’s equally worse . Strange but true
    Jun 11 1
    • IBM / Eng vuWC77
      OP
      Good to know that it's normal. Thanks!
      Jun 11
  • Amazon / Eng idk_
    How long have you been there? The beginning is usually stressful when ramping up but once you get the lay of the land things should be fine
    Jun 11 2
    • IBM / Eng vuWC77
      OP
      Thanks for the hopeful words. It has been two weeks.
      Jun 11
    • Amazon / Eng idk_
      Oh yeah that’s normal then if you’re in a completely new environment and tech stack
      Jun 11
  • Facebook PqXs
    Agree, there is often very little process at startups and you just have to take more initiative in helping to establish process.
    Jun 11 0
  • Discover Financial Services qwerty-/:
    YOE ?
    Jun 11 2
    • IBM / Eng vuWC77
      OP
      5
      Jun 11
    • IBM / Eng vuWC77
      OP
      Current position is L4
      Jun 11
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  • Google L20
    Its pretty normal I think as someone pointed out things can get worse due to lack of documentation in a startup so you will have a lot of exploration even post work hours. In addition I would suggest trying to build good rapport with colleagues no matter how hard it is. When you have a good rapport sometimes it feels easier to ask questions and not feel imposter syndrome.
    Jun 11 0