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This is a discussion on Startup vs Large Corporation within the Education & Career Talk forums, part of the Topics of Interest category; Originally Posted by PowerShell That's one issue I notice with a good chunk of IT people. They aren't process minded ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by PowerShell View Post
    That's one issue I notice with a good chunk of IT people. They aren't process minded and think they're working this magic and whiz pow I whipped it up and threw and carp together.

    I'm not sure if it's because processes are boring (and can be way more inefficient if the process is made wrong or goes out of date). I mean even having a simple checklist for a new user setup.

    This seems to happen in any smaller organizations I've been to or understaffed large organizations. Its a pet peeve of mine and I know it drives me nuts when people are throwing stuff together and wasting time trying to refigure out a routine task that should be defined.

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    Yeah... I'm currently in a team in which we are being prepared to take over the maintenance responsiblities of some applications, yet there is barely any documentation, source control (like SVN) and yet we need to understand everything (what each part of the code does, how to install or deploy applications and so on) almost by ourselves. It has been a challenge and I have never seen something like this! I'm used to planning and all the fancy procedures and I prefer to waste a bit more time on them than be sorry later. But the team belongs to a big company with serious procedures, so we will implement procedures in the client soon to take care of the applications.

    And checklist for new developers helps a lot. I don't like configurations and it takes much longer to figure out the right configurations for my development environment (PC) for a certain project than to follow an already defined list of what to install or configure.
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    I am a contractor working for a government agency in Texas and when I ask if there is documentation, they think a perfectly acceptable answer is, "I'm my head." This is one of those smaller environments.

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    Once, I was in an interview with a growing company and they told me that they don't have any procedure when it comes to development. They just talk with the client and do what they say, without documentation as they need fast development. They even called it "dynamic development". :P Then they asked me if I'm autonomous (aka if I can deal with any difficulty by myself since everyone would be too busy to help) and if I mind working extra hours frequently (probably due to lack of procedures and management).

    I later had to decline the offer due to the impression they gave me and due to the already bad reputation they have that I came to know through my coworkers (apparently some companies does not realize how treating their employees badly is going to make them look bad for future possible employees and talents).
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    Any experiences on how your experiences differ from different stage startups? I know this is bit fine-grained but I'm looking at several really early ones (right after series A funding) where I'd be a large part of setting the future standards. In the longer term, do you guys have any insights as to what sort of practices have led to successful acquisition/buy-outs?

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    Good posts in this thread. I'd advise to look at who is running the startup too. How many years of management experience do they have (in and outside the startup?). Are they capable of listening, self-reflection, do they have discipline?

    Many startups fail because of relations in the management going sour after the initial enthusiasm, or people who have a good business idea, intellect, charisma, and ego/courage but have no actual management skills, neglect necessary chores and refuse to take hard advice from others.

    Working in a start-up that is capable of getting long-term funding and has capable, experienced management is just amazing; big companies can't compete by a long shot for me in terms of job satisfaction and feeling involved.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alles_Paletti View Post
    Good posts in this thread. I'd advise to look at who is running the startup too. How many years of management experience do they have (in and outside the startup?). Are they capable of listening, self-reflection, do they have discipline?
    That's definitely a good point! I know I'm looking to get my MBA soon because it seems a lot of people have great ideas but no business sense. I have some business sense but want to affirm it with an MBA. Management definitely is a big part in a startup's success.
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