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Muni Sammy
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I got a offer from a startup innovative product based company, as the company was small i unable to find the employees in the social networks. However they paid me more than industry average.

So I am unable to get more information about the company, however they a strong base in US, now they are growing in INDIA. I was wondering will that company will provide me a job security for at least another 5 years I want to stick to my new company for another 5 years.

I know that if their business grows well then my growth will be very fast when compared to another Branded Companies. If Not ??? This is the point which I really confused.

However they are very good pay master, they have performance bonus and other aspects, so money wise I will get more in forthcoming years. But what I am thinking is how long this will go ???

Is there any best way to research about a company before we join, can you please share your experience on this.

Thanks a lot for your help
Sunit Gupta
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Don't rely on a small start up company if you plan to stick to your next job for 5 yrs.

Small companies are always a takeover target / merge with larger companies and the promoters don't give a damn about employees.

Also there's an extremely high visibility in such companies - meaning, everybody knows everybody. So if you've made a mistake, everybody in the company will know it almost immediately

Apply more importance to Job security in current market conditions.
Abhijit Kumar
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Yes, job security is important and more so in a slow economy. But since company has strong US presence, as you mentioned, this should be less of a concern.

Visibility works both ways-slackers get noticed as well as performers. So you have to decide.

If you are single and do not have much financial responsibilities, I suggest you join the company. Also nobody could be found on social network is unlikely. Did you try LinkedIn?

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[ July 24, 2008: Message edited by: Abhijit Kumar ]
Muni Sammy
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Yes i tried with LinkedIn. do you have any more site which will help me to research about the company ???
Abhijit Kumar
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Originally posted by Muni Sammy:
Yes i tried with LinkedIn. do you have any more site which will help me to research about the company ???


If it's okay, send the co. name on PM. I can try some of my contacts.
Muni Sammy
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As this company has very good financial strength and they above the industrial standards. However i happy to be a part of such company.

BUT only thing which i was worrying is getting the comments about the company from the employees working @ that company

Can You please advice me some of the sites where we can get information about a company and few contact details of the employee who are working there .

please help me, as this company is small i can't find much employees in social network like orkut and linkedin.

Is there any way javaranch help the user on this areas ?
Muni Sammy
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Originally posted by Muni Sammy:
As this company has very good financial strength and they pay above the industrial standards. However i happy to be a part of such company.

BUT only thing which i was worrying is getting the comments about the company from the employees working @ that company

Can You please advice me some of the sites where we can get information about a company and few contact details of the employee who are working there .

please help me, as this company is small i can't find much employees in social network like orkut and linkedin.

Is there any way javaranch help the user on this areas ?
Sree Chinna
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Originally posted by Muni Sammy:
please help me, as this company is small i can't find much employees in social network like orkut and linkedin.


Check your PM
arulk pillai
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I know that if their business grows well then my growth will be very fast when compared to another Branded Companies.



It is true and in smaller companies you can learn a lot in a short span of time. Also, can acquire wide range of skills.

To mitigate any risks

-- Keep your skills current and up to date, so that if it does not work out for some reason, you can easily move on.

-- Network with the fellow professionals.

I was wondering will that company will provide me a job security for at least another 5 years I want to stick to my new company for another 5 years.


It is a volatile industry and no one can guarantee anything. Your only security is your skills, experience, knowledge, and ability to market yourself.

If you do not like taking risks then look at Sunit Gupta's suggestion.


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Muni Sammy
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thanks arun
Muni Sammy
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is there any groups and site where we can find more information about a startup company
Venkata Kumar
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Please check your PM


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Rish Jain
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check your PM
Henry Wong
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Originally posted by Maneesh Godbole:

This is the worst bulls**t I have ever heard. I wonder if you are a government employee. You certainly sound like one.


Be real careful here -- remember JavaRanch's "be nice" policy....


In a way, the statement about visibility is actually trie. In a small company, the bench isn't that deep (sports term). You like/want to surround yourself with smart people, because you don't have much room to avoid incompetent people.

So... Incompetent colleagues tend to be highlighted very quickly, and pushed out quicker in small companies than with big companies. But if you are good at what you do, what does it matter? High visibility is actually a good thing -- it shows your talent.

Henry


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Maneesh Godbole
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Originally posted by Henry Wong:


Be real careful here -- remember JavaRanch's "be nice" policy....



I am sorry. I should have known better. I have deleted my post.
There are some bitter experiences associated with my "outburst" but its best they are kept undisclosed.

My apologies again.


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