Working at a startup can be exciting. Startups are usually hyper-focused on growth, and the energy around you is full of unbridled ambition to disrupt an industry.
However, there’s another side to this very specific kind of company. They’re often started by young inventors and don’t have a lot of corporate governance in place. As a result, they can often feel like the wild west of employers: there’s a lot of opportunity, but there are almost no rules.
To get the inside scoop on what it’s like to work at a startup, I asked women in tech what they wish they would have known before they started their startup jobs. Below are the most common things I heard.