I’ve just wrapped my first year at Statsig, so it’s a fitting time for a retrospective on expectations versus reality.
Reality: more time in the kitchen meant making friends with fellow snack-lover, Pierre. Our manager of the Console team, Pierre shared his secret Chocolate Milk Coffee recipe with me (sounds silly, tastes amazing). I also now have a dedicated eng buddy who I can ask stupid technical questions.
My work wife Sami rightly pointed out that one of the best parts of startups is the people. When I joined Statsig, I was employee 17, and the only salesperson- so there wasn’t a dedicated team I belonged to. We all eat lunches together- and it’s a catalyst to making friends with everyone from eng and design to product.
Reality: no dress code- because people have more important stuff to worry about. “Results over Effort” is one of our culture values. If wearing Loubotins and a power suit makes you more effective at your job, go for it! Having said that, I’ve closed all my deals wearing my lucky Taco Bell t-shirt.
People bring their authentic selves to work when they don’t have to be performative. We also don’t have dedicated working hours- some folks work 7–3, some work 10–10. Leadership at Statsig trusts people to get their stuff done (whether that’s in cargo shorts or suits)- and this is part of why we’ve been such a productive team.
Reality: people join startups because they want to be there- equity is a nice perk, and huge increases in equity value aren’t guaranteed. Especially for early-stage and private companies, equity is a bet.
A lot of my coworkers joined Statsig specifically because they wanted to get out of the Big Tech rat race. Everyone has a life outside of work and takes vacation- including the CEO.
Having a fantastic product and senior leadership are big factors in Statsig’s relative calm- if you have a great team and your product works, people shouldn’t have to average 80 hour weeks.
Every company is different- but the startup stereotypes I expected (free snacks, weird hours, allbirds) are just happy side effects of a workplace where people are supported and trusted. I give “joining a startup” 5 stars.
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