Pros and Cons of Working in a Start-up

Its been more than one year now working for Vegayan Systems, a start-up in IIT B, Mumbai.

Some times, One Year seems to be very big, but some times, I feel, its OK. Here, are two sides of working in a startup company.


1. Scope to learn/work (as much as you can – there is no question that, you are not given any work, especially in product development companies)

2. Chance to learn about Resource Management. Team will be small, so you see how they are handled.

3. Growth factor – Here also, willing to learn plays major role.

4. Ownership of module – You are given a module, You are sole proprietor of module. You are free to design in whichever way you like, as long as you are good enough to make people to buy your design.

5. You develop more than one skill in a start up and you become master in your specialization.

6. Better rapport with team members as team is small.


1. Getting a Leave every now and then is Tough.

2. Have to Google for many things. ( Train yourself )

3. Some times, get bugged with work.

I am both In (70%) and Out (30%) for working for a start up.

Relevant to the above is this blog post by Kamla bhatt. Make sure you do read the comments too.

4 Responses to “Pros and Cons of Working in a Start-up”

  1. Anirban says:

    “there is no question that, you are not given any work, especially in product development companies”

    I don’t know where you got that from. What kind of work do you think product development companies give ? I work in Oracle and each person pretty much owns a large area of code.

    Note , even here I have to Google for many things. Its true of any job these days as technology is changing fast.

  2. Koteswara sarma says:

    I did not say anything about other companies. That blog is just my experience in working in a start up for 1 year.

  3. Chandra says:

    I agree with the pros… cons are everywhere…
    without google is a nightmare for anyone working in this rapidly changing technological world..

  4. priyanka says:

    Though I didnt work for a longer period in a startup(Vegayan) but the two things that i always like about working in a startup are:
    a) Infinite learning (in each phase of product lifecycle)
    b) exponential growth (If performance is consistently good)

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