Working at a startup and taking it to the next level can be a rewarding job.
With some luck, you might even be able to build the next Facebook or Google.
But startups are hard — and it could be a brutal experience if you’re not prepared for the grind.
We went through some Quora threads to find out all the worst things about working at a startup.
'One thing I learnt very early on is that there's a lot of work to go around and very few people to do it. From something as menial as fixing (lots of) peoples' computers and printers to rushing off to make a corporate presentation (with no background whatsoever) because some sales executive got stuck up somewhere and the entire technical team of the client is waiting. One more thing, no matter how much work you take up, there's always more to follow. At times, it gets really tiring and distracting but then that's what you signed up for. No boundaries, no job descriptions.' -- Arnab Mitra, Director & Partner at p2power.com
'It's consistent hard work, and it's not really about the money at the end of the day. There may be a thousand other ways to make money, but if you seek a thrill ride with accelerated learning, a startup is what you are looking for.' -- Jeevan Betigeri, CEO of Fathom Ideaware
'40 hours a week is for sissies. Overtime pay is usually out of the question. Reduced salary due to equity stake (most of the time).' -- David Graham, Founder of Coder Camps
'Processes are next to non-existent - work is very disorganized, sometimes inefficient. Everything relies on the whims of the founder(s) - having launched a successful, well funded start-up boosts self confidence tremendously; no amount of facts and arguments will help you win an argument and you can easily find yourself out the door, or significantly sidelined at least, if you disagree often.' -- Stefan Kiryazov, founder of lexicum.net
'Having too much fun building your dream for tomorrow, you sometimes forget to live today. Trying to convince everyone you are sure about the future, when you silently wonder what the future holds for you.' -- Tony Kattukaran, CEO of Tagalys
'When the company stops stocking Odwalla in the kitchen, it's a sign of bad times ahead.' -- Tom Maxwell, software engineer