More and more digital talent is moving from traditional companies as the startup scene grows in Saigon and Vietnam. It’s not surprising: startups offer many benefits for their employees.

Even Jack Ma, founder of Ali Baba, recommends working in small companies with passionate creators early in your career:

“Before age 30, follow someone in person. Go to a small company. Normally, in a big company, it is good to learn processing; you are part of a big machine. But when you go to a small company, you learn the passion, you learn the dreams. You learn to do a lot of things at one time.

Here are five benefits that we consistently hear from staff working with international startups:

1. Startups are more flexible for Employees

Startups are flexible. Working times may vary and you probably won’t have a uniform. The work environment is usually dynamic and exciting, as the team is focused on building a product or bringing a service to life.

2. Startups Employees develop a wide range of skills

The roles offered by a startup tend to be more diverse. Your will be exposed to a wider range of challenges, and your duties will probably change over time as the company grows.

In addition, you’ll often be working directly with foreigners. Your English will improve, and you’ll be exposed to the Western mindsets of “fixing the problem” rather than “just do your job”. Your boss will expect you to have an opinion about the best course of action.

3. Startups focus on a candidates’ ability!

There is less concern about your diploma or school in the hiring process for a startup. They just want someone who can do the job! Its often more important that you are willing to learn and have a good working attitude, rather than a perfect skill set.

4. Startups are Good for an Employee’s Career

Startups often offer good opportunities for career development. You’ll be able to earn the trust of your boss because you will work closely together, and if you perform, you’ll be well-positioned to apply for the new roles that become available as the team and company grows.

It can be very good on your CV if you’ve worked on a successful startup. You will be able to talk to future employers about:

  • Working directly with foreigners;
  • Building digital products and services;
  • Participating in a results-oriented team; and
  • Developing a wide range of skills.

5. Startups offer financial upside for trusted Employees

There is a chance that you will be share in the benefits if the startup goes well. This is in addition to your salary. Share ownership is often offered if you’ve been with the company from an early stage, and the returns can be substantial.

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