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Work Culture — Start-up Vs. Corporate

As per NASSCOM 2018 report, startups in India are growing at a faster rate in 2018 as compared to 2017. The startup industry is believed to touch the mark of 10,500 by the year 2020, which is quite a massive growth from 3,100, recorded in the year 2014. Competing with big brand Multi-National Companies (MNCs), these small-scale startups are able to become a career choice amongst jobseekers with the primary reason being differences in their work cultures.

What is the difference between a Start-up and a Corporate?

A startup can be defined as the efforts of individual founders that try to create a repeatable and scalable business model. Meanwhile, the MNCs or Corporate are defined as organizations that operate in at least one country other than the country of their origin.

Work Culture Differences: Startup vs. Corporate

The liberty to enjoy, the zeal to learn new things and the passion of becoming a leader is what separated startup from Multi-national companies that follow a monotonous life. Both the working environments have their own perks & are quite different from each other. Let’s briefly discuss and understand the difference between the two.

Exciting vs. Tedious Job Roles

In a small-scale startup, you’ll get the opportunity to experiment, innovate, and grow. You’ll be the master of your wish and each day in a startup will bring something new to learn, or to adopt with itself. Your job roles in a startup will tend to change frequently, depending upon the real-time challenges of the organization. On the other hand, in a multi-national company, with a defined job role, you’ll be doing the same set of tasks for years to come. This means no scope for exploring and enhancing. This might limit your knowledge and skillset too.

Being Managed vs. Managing Yourself

In a corporate set-up, there are people holding a place higher than yours in the hierarchy, managing projects and tackling the usual business challenges. There are managers who keep a close watch on their employees, tracking their work details, deploying tasks, setting deadlines, and following a well-defined structure. Meanwhile, in a startup, you are the taskmaster and your own manager. You are responsible for everything that you deliver. Managing tasks, setting deadlines, priority management, etc., which helps you grow as an individual by learning self-management.

Safe Player vs. Challenger

The big brands refrain themselves from taking a leap fearing high risks. Corporates prefer growing ends that are already present rather than rooting in new ideas or exploring new horizons. However, startups are always looking to introduce something new, that might bring a change, and thus, they are always welcoming challenges and risks with open arms. This gives the employees the freedom to innovate and experiment. While helping them to explore their interests while nourishing their skill sets.

Problem Solving Approach

The small-scale startups always prefer the employees to step out of their comfort zone and come with ideas that shall help the organization in growing. Problem-solving is one such segment where if you come with solutions for a department that isn’t yours, but reduces hurdles for the company, you become a star. Corporate belief in a “stay confined” sort of theory. The processes being streamlined, many a time are not encouraging enough for employees to come-up as arising.

Other Life Perks

The corporate life comes with various perks such as better pay-scale, brand recognition, insurances, gym memberships, and fixed working hours, among others. The small-scale startup, on the other hand, has a low pay scale in the initial days, less recognition and almost no luxurious benefits. However, both the working environments differ to a great extent from the perspective of their work-cultures. Each of them comes with their own benefits.

Startups like us help you grow as an individual and a professional. On the other hand, corporate may attract you with its stability but offers a monotonous life. Preference for the right work-culture depends on the nature and will of the individual. O4S, an exciting startup that made its debut recently, follows the lines that define an amazing startup. Offering flexibility to work, a loving and understanding work environment, supportive management and the opportunity to become a leader by grabbing various opportunities. O4S is definitely working upon the terms it decided to take up to thrive. To know more about the existing job opportunities, click here.

Career Path Via Start-Ups

In this age of advancing technology, the traditional career paths are no longer the only way to kickstart your career. As competition becomes fierce and the number of jobs dwindles, young professionals must prove their mettle to get hired. With the freelance economy booming along with the rise of online career development courses, the job market is more competitive than it has been ever before. Young professionals need to develop skills and acquire the right work experience to create a successful career for themselves. But, how does someone who has little or no experience compete with people who have spent years in the corporate world?
Taking up a job in a start-up can help you in exponentially growing your career by acquiring skills and experiences that you will not get in a traditional corporate job. Just like any other career path, start-ups have a downside too. But if you join the right start-up and put in the required efforts, chances of your succeeding go up manifolds. To protect your career, before joining any start-up you must do a thorough background search of the company and ensure that it has some proven product or service that has the potential to grow and succeed. Alternatively, joining a small business that has been operating for a few years will be equally rewarding. (Just so that you know, O4S has been around for a few years and we are hiring.)
So, what are the top benefits of joining a start-up?

Building a Unique Work-Experience

In a corporate job, all your job responsibilities are clearly defined, and you are assigned a particular task or set of functions which you are expected to perform on a daily basis. While it may seem like a learning process for the first few months, it soon becomes a monotonous routine that you do to get a salary on the first of every month. On the contrary, there are endless learning opportunities in working with start-ups. The communication lines are shorter, and things change daily in small businesses. You may have to evolve with changing requirements and learn things beyond your defined job responsibilities.

Learning Opportunities

There is no denying the fact that start-ups are a goldmine of learning opportunities. As an employee of a start-up or small business, you have access to every facet of the company. Either you are the part of the key decision-making process, or you witness it first-hand. You may have to wear different hats from marketing to operations to HR as per changing requirements. Even though you may be a sales professional, there could be circumstances when you are recruiting someone and defining your company culture. Working with start-ups will make you a quick learner and flexible professional. You will learn to adapt to the changing situation and take on new challenges.

Entrepreneurial Mindset

Entrepreneurship is something that is no longer restricted to start-ups, even well-established organizations now motivate intrapreneurs. This is mainly because an entrepreneurial mindset can be an asset to any organization. You develop a mindset to see opportunities that no one else can which benefits the organization. Your start-up experience will be a mini-MBA for you which will teach you aspects of the business that you may not even learn in B-schools. This learning experience and the entrepreneurial mindset will help you get ahead in your career and help you achieve greater things in life.

Financially Rewarding

Besides all the learning that you get, working for start-ups and small businesses can be financially rewarding too. Start-ups are always looking for talent that is willing to take a calculated risk and help them turn their vision into a reality. If you fit the requirement, start-ups could offer packages and other perks that are way better than the traditional corporate set-ups. Depending on the start-up you join, you may even be offered some equity which can worth millions if the start-up were to make it big.

An Impressive Job Title

As you gain some experience and grow in your career, you will realize that a job title is the last thing you should be bothered about. Yet, a fancy job title can boost your confidence early in your career and make you feel happy about what you are doing. In start-ups, promotions are not based on a set trajectory and job titles are not giving based on the number of years of service. Working with start-ups will enable you to spice up your resume with some fancy job titles and may even help you in getting into the corporate world at higher positions. You will also add more bullet points to your resume than you could ever while working with a traditional company.
It is essential to evaluate the benefits and limitations of a career path based on your personal as well as professional goals. If you prefer working in a low-stress environment (who doesn’t), start-ups are perfect for you. Unlike the corporate set-ups which are known for rigid atmosphere and fix set of rules, start-ups are all about growing together and nurturing the company. Since you are surrounded by people with a mindset similar to that of yours, you are more likely to share a positive professional relationship with them. These enable you to freely express yourself and explore without the fear of making mistakes.
As we have seen, there are pros and cons of working with start-ups and shaping your career path via start-ups. However, it depends on what you wish to achieve in your career from a short-term and long-term perspective. Small businesses and start-ups are more open to people with non-traditional CVs and those seeking more from their careers. It is certainly the road less traveled, but with the right choices and by joining the right organization, you can set yourself for a fulfilling as well as a rewarding career. Just to add, we are hiring and you can get in touch with us via

Life at O4S

Your first job or even first few jobs will have a significant impact on your career. Fresh out of college or with just a few years of experience, the task of selecting the right career path and determining the right company can be a daunting task. However, one needs to understand that being employed at a place you enjoy working and doing the kind of work that you always wished are the most crucial aspects of your work. If you get both these aspects in any job, you will grow professionally and advance your career while loving every moment of it.
At O4S, we have the unique freedom to experiment, be creative, and have a sense of ownership of our work. Here failure is welcomed, provided you are ready to learn from it and put more effort the next time. Peers are encouraged to be caring towards, both interpersonal relationships and their craft. We understand that the term startup has become synonymous with flexibility, above anything else. Therefore, all employees are provided adequate options to choose their schedule for maximizing productivity.
You will get to work with a bunch of go-getters who are a group of self-driven individuals from various walks of life. Some of the very cool people you work in close contact will be devoted techies, inventive programmers, creative designers, sales and marketing mavericks, content specialists, and other domain experts. Working with these amazing people will provide you with tremendous scope for individual learning, advancement, and growth.
No matter where you work now or where you wish to work in the future, you must always look for a job where you have fun. For you, the idea of fun could be absolutely anything, whether you think fun is programming for hours on end, solving crazy math problems, getting together for after-office drinks, or simply chatting with co-workers.
Having fun at work does not make you unprofessional or unfit, rather it eases your mind, builds a sense of connection, security, and motivates you to do better. Even if earnings are restricted, flexible work hours and a relaxed work environment make up for all shortcomings and ensure a positive company culture.
We encourage you to mingle with the community through meetups and conferences on any topics under the sun. We believe in exchanging views and helping each other grow professionally. So, occasionally, the team goes for the weekly bonding meet to startup events. This has proved to be an unbelievable learning experience.
O4S Premises
We also offer unique office infrastructure which motivates employees to do better and promotes a culture of interaction. At O4S, we have an open-seating arrangement, so you can sit wherever you wish in the entire office. Want some me-time? Work from the remote corner of the office. Want to see the sunset while you work? Or Working on a project that needs continuous team interaction? Sit as per your wish, no need to see the same old desk daily.
We do not believe that what you wear defines you or even the company. Look at Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos or hundreds of other successful entrepreneurs, formal office setups and attires hold little meaning when you have employees that love their work. Getting paid to do something that you truly love is the best feeling ever along with having ample room for growth, learning, and scope for earning.
Easy access to conference rooms and unlimited premium coffee and snacks are some other perks of life at O4S. A breakout area where you can unwind and relax. You can play music of your choice via Alexa, participate in games like Jenga, watch the show you missed using our smart TV, or just take a pause and allow your mind to reenergize itself.
Unique advantages like creating your personal hours of work, an option to occasionally work from home, or take travel leave come with your job at O4S. We also encourage brainstorming sessions and extended discussions, which in turn improves the overall productivity. At O4S, you can pick-up real-world skills such as managing expectations, finance, and communication. Diversified responsibilities will help you master numerous transferable skills across roles and industries.
In a growing company like O4S, you will be required to think on your feet and adapt to changing conditions. You will get the opportunity to learn from your colleagues and become better at what you do. You are also encouraged to build friendships and make a lot of memories with your work buddies. Reveling in personal milestones and achievements, participating in celebrations, and office festivities are encouraged across all departments.
Continued pursuance of knowledge in a challenging environment will ensure that you push yourself towards excellence. Appreciation and recognition for contributions are among the main reasons why individuals prefer certain roles and organizations over others. O4S is a workplace that will recognize your valuable contributions and reward you adequately as and when the time comes.
The idea is not to let the current status or perception of a company bother you. You should have the vision and the tenacity to foresee where it is headed and what it could become. In a matter of a few years, O4S has gone from being a nobody to a funded company that is changing the supply chain industry. We take pride in the fact that we have developed robust solutions that have been appreciated by top companies in the industry.
Recent Offsite to Corbett National Park
We believe that as an organization, we are not just about work and like to think that O4S is a place where one can enjoy working. Weekly outings, excursions, and other fun activities to promote employee engagement, individual personality development, and team bonding, access to conference rooms, casual workwear, etc. are some of the other benefits employees at O4S enjoy.
So, if you are seeking a fun work culture with immense learning opportunities, check our current openings and apply for the most relevant role.


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