Startup Hiring Tip: Don't Hire ex-Googlers
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Why no ex-Googlers in Startups:
“Hiring Google engineers is generally a really bad idea," Mickiewicz says. "If you work at Google you have access to an entire set of tools and technologies that you won't have in a smaller startup environment.”
Also, don't be an agist pig. And don't have 80 hour work weeks.
Too many twentysomething founders look for employees just like themselves. “So you discriminate against anyone who is in their 30s or 40s or has a family,” says Mickiewicz. “But the most talented and experienced people will be in their 30s and 40s. I know one well-known startup who has been trying to fill a role for over four months, and has gone through two dozen candidates, simply because the founder mandates 80-hour workweeks.”
More tips in the Fast Co article:
Interesting... I see most of the 40 something peers I know work 80+ hour weeks during new product builds, audits, and launches. They also tend to know that there is a reason they get compensated well and are willing to work as hard as they have to. But, they also know that 80 hour work weeks are not sustainable for the long term if you want to retain employees, not burn out and dump.
The challenge is to create an environment where people are excited about your company and want to do whatever it takes to make it work.
I wouldn't say that the problem with hiring Google (or companies like them) is not their access to tools and technologies, but the culture to over analyze each step before launch. Some of these engineers can be very inflexible, which won't work at a start up. You need out if the box thinking and enough experience to know which things to focus on and which things to find ways to work around.