Kathy Sierra nails it yet again with a laugh-out-loud funny list of differences between the startup and the corporate mindset.
I added a few examples of my own in the comments:
|When we screw up||Admit it, apologize, fix it, compensate customers, move on.||Hide it. When that fails, blame the customers.|
|Meetings||Fun, chaotic, everyone is heard.||The boss talks, you listen.|
|When you disagree with management||You’re valued.||You’re fired.|
|Work-time||Whatever works for you||9-5. On paper. In reality: 9-9.|
|Having children||Congratulations! Come back in 6 months. Or when you’re ready.||Are you sure you want to jeopardize your career?|
|When you succeed||The whole company celebrates with you.||“Employee of the month” certificate.|
2 thoughts on “Startup vs. corporate”
Kathy is awesome.
I really like your additions.
How about this one for still more examples.
When you quit:
Startup – you’re treated like a graduate who will take what you learned here and used it for good
Corporation – you’re treated like a traitor, “how dare you leave!” or you’re treated like a moron, “how stupid are you to leave”
Heh, great one. I just thought of these:
Startup: Make them up as we go.
Corporate:Delivered from on high on stone tablets.
Startup: Whatever you want, whenever you need it.
Corporate: Centrally mandated training schedule.