A young French woman is currently causing a stir in ZEIT, who has worked in 12 Berlin startups and says: Hip work culture - all bullshit. Working in startups has advantages - if you have the right one Company finds. 3X5 selection-Tips.

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Startups are job engines

Startups-Companies like to be the shining pioneers of a new, better Working world seen. The Frenchwoman Mathilde Ramadier has worked in 12 Berlin startups and reports on them ZEIT ONLINE. Her sobering conclusion: “Participation, Sinn and responsibility are nothing but bad promises. ”

The sometimes violent comments on the post show that there is at least a need for discussion. Because startups already have an average of 3,5 in the first year Employees a. In comparison: 0,8 jobs are offered by "regular" companies in the first year after a start-up. Say: Innovation heißt growth and needs motivated high potentials who Idea of the startup, driving product development, reacting flexibly to challenges and Fun have to make decisions.

Innovation means risk

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Of course: innovation can Success mean – Google, Facebook and Co. all started out as startups. Who doesn't want to be part of the next big thing? But one Application for and the jobEveryday life in the start-up scene differ clear from the midmarket or corporate world. what startupCandidate and employees should know.

Innovation also means Risks. Every day in the startup looks different. One done Tasks and projects that you have never heard of before - and sometimes despite a lack of specialist knowledge. In the background, the pressure from investors - not to mention overtime.

Startup Jobs: Top alternative to corporate career

How do you know whether joining a startup is really worthwhile for you? Where can you find good jobs? What special requirements are associated with a startup job? How do you establish yourself in a startup company and gain influence in the Team? And: Are you actually the right type for such an unconventional job Perspektive?

Particularly Boy People show a constantly dwindling interest in working in corporations and are therefore looking for innovative job opportunities that are being caused by the major upheavals in the digital world Revolution have arisen in the labor market.

Startup employees are tinkering with the future of the company

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startups in all Welt promise a new lifestyle that does not exist in traditional and established companies. Working independently, flat hierarchies and room for creativity attract many of these people to pursue their career path in a startup company.

But they are not only working on their own careers there, but also to a certain extent on theirs Future of Societyin which they live, if not in the way of life of many people in the global context. It's about making a difference; to create something big. Something that changes the world. And in a startup, this claim is not that far off the mark, considering that many new technologies have fundamentally changed the way we live.

There are no guarantees of success!

What can also be seen as an advantage for cooperation in start-ups: the people who are encountered in young companies are often the visionaries of our time, the rebellious, the brave, who want to do everything better, and therefore services and goods from the ground up rethink and revolutionize. These people often work together across national borders.

However, reality also shows that there is no guarantee of success in the startup world. While some startup companies around the world, like Airbnb and Spotify, thrive and generate millions of dollars, there are a significant number of startups that just don't make it and fail. This aspect must also be taken into account if you are considering a career in the startup world decide. It is essential to understand what you are getting yourself into and what you have to adjust to in order to both help the startup to be successful and to shape your own career path successfully and intelligently.

5 advantages of a career in a startup

If you want to find out if the work in the startup is something for yourself, then you have to weigh carefully. The advantages at a glance.

  1. Much responsibility and decision-making authority: Ownership is a key skill expected of every member of the startup team. The opportunity for employees in small teams to be able to make quite a difference in a special way fundamentally distinguishes startups from traditional companies. "Just do it" - this is often the motto, which is also meant very seriously in this sense. This takes a certain amount of courage. You have to take on unexpected challenges and areas of responsibility and try things out. However, this will not always be crowned with success. The support of the founders is particularly important here.
  2. A high learning curve: Learn from mistakes - fail fast. This is important, as is the mantra learning by doing. A “trial and error” mentality is indispensable, since many processes and structures are not yet available in startups and you are often active in fields of work that you actually have no idea about. It means “doing and learning” - learning on the job.
  3. A special team culture with flat hierarchies: Flat hierarchies are also a feature of startups, which characterizes the workplace and is often classified as positive. Often the entire team, including the founders, sits in an office or office. It also happens that employees work independently of the location. In each case, the interchange is uncomplicated and usually digital.
  4. It depends on the work result: This is often the motto of success: It is not important which hierarchy concept is particularly popular in the management literature, or which hierarchical models were often practiced before 50 years. Only the concrete results of work are relevant.
  5. Rapid advancement opportunities: Working in a startup is motivating because you see the results of your own work very quickly and directly. In contrast to large companies, these results are often also noticed by team members and not infrequently celebrated. In startups you work in a very performance-oriented environment. Due to the proximity to the managing directors, motivation and output are seen directly, often encouraged and also rewarded. This creates the opportunity for advancement in much smaller time windows than would be possible in larger companies.

5 disadvantages of the career in a startup

Working in startups does not only bring benefits. Of course need before decision Disadvantages of the start-up job are also taken into account.

  1. Poor(er) pay and little security: It is no secret that the start-up life provides little or no collateral for all the opportunities it offers. This is mainly due to the lack of revenue and the resulting bad, under-average and sometimes even in individual cases even a lack of remuneration. The decision to work in a startup is and remains a risk.
  2. Little structure, excessive demands and a lack of work-life balance: In start-up companies there is little or no structure due to constant change. The mostly young workforce tends to plan short-term – often because the necessary experience to set up structures that take effect immediately is simply not available. A lack of structures often results in long working hours and excessive demands. This is often associated with being available after work and a lack of work-life balance.
  3. Bad management style: Since the founders are often inexperienced in managing employees, the team often suffers from an inadequate management style. This is also visible in the recruiting of the individual members of the team. Job interviews are conducted in an unconventional way and when selecting personnel, value is placed on rather atypical criteria: Many founders, especially in the initial phase, bring in friends and acquaintances to complete their team - there is a lack of experience and often the time for "professional recruiting".
  4. Missing reputation: Startups do not have the reputation that established companies enjoy and are even often ridiculed. You usually work on ideas that hardly anyone outside of the startup team believes in, or even worse: on visions that are so innovative that nobody really understands them yet. This goes hand in hand with the fact that as a start-up employee you often work on ideas that have a great chance of not being successful at all. This can lead to frustration and a sense of failure.
  5. Bankruptcy and Termination: A not entirely untypical scenario is start-up insolvency, which can of course occur when new, innovative companies are founded without a tried and tested business model. You have to come to terms with that as an employee. It's quite clear: With start-ups there are more financial bottlenecks or uncertainties than with established companies that have been successful for years. Other risks include termination, which can be due to the uncertain or difficult business development of the company, for example. As an employee, you have to reckon with this as well. Specifically, in such a case, a certain resistance to stress is useful, which is necessary when dealing with risks. This includes your own mental resilience, which is associated with the general and specific uncertainties of startup life.

5 Selection criteria for startup selection

If the path to a startup future is clear, it is a matter of finding a start-up company that suits your profile. There are a few things to consider, because not all startups are the same – and that’s exactly what they are Problems To avoid Mathilde Ramadier, applicants should take a close look.

  1. Attention whitewashing: Whether in an interview or in exchange with (ex-) startup staff (XING, LinkedIn): When you only ever tell the best, you need to be alert. After all, things do not always go smoothly in a startup. Every day there are new challenges to overcome, usually not just small ones but big ones.
  2. Lack of discussion culture: Caution is also required if there is no culture of discussion - good founders get involved in an argument because they care about the cause - about the success of the product and ultimately the company and not about being a second Mark Zuckerberg. However, if the start-up is characterized by disputes, that is not a good sign either - because technical discussions are one thing, quarreling founders or employees something completely different.
  3. A good team is important: A startup needs a well-functioning team in which everyone can rely on each other and not a fragile network of employees with profiling. This means: best to talk to colleagues in advance.
  4. Diversity matters: The smaller the company, the more important the team is very divergent in its composition: the more different skills, experiences, background the individual team members bring, the better.
  5. Also crucial: The fact that the founders can translate their vision into tangible and understandable tasks, which serve the company's strategic purpose. To find out all this, one thing is particularly important: the exchange with (ex) employees and a well-founded discussion with the desired startup.

Where are startup jobs?

The clear start-up capital, which houses 17 percent of all German start-ups, is and remains Berlin. However, the startup monitor from KPMG reveals that other regions are catching up: The Ruhr area, led by Dortmund, Düsseldorf and Cologne, are catching up with 14,1 percent – ​​followed by Stuttgart/Karlsruhe with almost 9 percent, Munich with 7 percent and Hamburg with something more than 6 percent.

In terms of industry, all large corporations have to beware of an attack by small, powerful startup speedboats: According to a study by the auditing company Ernst and Young, e-commerce is booming, into which around 2017 million euros in risk capital flowed in the first half of 939. The fintech followsIndustry with about a third of that and then the branches Health, software, automobiles, services, furniture, pets and media.


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