Is Stratup work a marathon?
The under-staffed founding team often ends up overpromising deliverables to both investors and clients. As a result startup employees end up working beyond the 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. office hours and sometimes even on weekends. Also, employees in an early stage startup are not typically paid for working overtime. Since working hard and long is the norm, complaining against this is often perceived as a weakness by both colleagues and peers in the startup environment. The ‘carrot’ that the startup has to offer involves flexibility such as no bosses, no corporate hierarchy, no fixed working hours, the option of working while you travel and even free food or a gym membership. Startup employees are often quickly disillusioned by such perks. For example, although there is no strict corporate hierarchy in a startup, the employee still needs to report to a peer on a weekly basis.