If you're unfamiliar, a startup is like a regular business, except it doesn't have employees. Or money. But boy do they make it sound like fun to work there!
And it's the most bizarre business experience you can ever have. It's almost like stepping into another world. The startup office itself looks nothing like a regular office. Everything is brightly colored and covered in memes. People sit on couches and beanbags instead of chairs. They have things like video game stations and nap rooms and you can wear shorts and sandals to work.
It almost sounds fun, if it wasn't for the fact that your boss is invariably some walking pair of plaid shorts and flip flops named Brad who's armed to the teeth with empty promises and buzzwords galore.
Brad is full of hopes and dreams. And bullshit. Mostly bullshit. He thinks that his company will be the next Google, which is why currently he can only pay you $10 an hour to be his full time Senior Level Database Administrator... but, you know, it'll totally be worth it when his office of ten becomes a Fortune 500 Company reaping in millions and he can hook you up for being there since day one.
And it's okay, though, because a cool, modern startup has other perks. What it lacks in money and healthcare it more than makes up for in ping pong tables and foosball and air hockey. Working at a trendy startup company is basically like a grown-up version of recess.
But alas, not every young company can become Google, and all the parlor games and beanbag chair naps and flip-flop-wearing in the world can't make a company worth working at if you're getting paid McDonald's wages for high-level IT work.
The young, trendy startup company - it's fun as hell when it's successful, but it's really quite sad when it's not. We encountered plenty of the latter, and weren't willing to make next to nothing in the name of workplace ping pong. We figure if we're going to make a really crappy wage (like we are now), then at least we're going to be doing it with something we truly love, like writing.
Anyone else here worked for a trendy startup?
Cheers and stay classy, friends,
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