Career Paths in Startups With Limited Visibility

David Cummings on Startups

Back in 2009, we made it our stated goal at Pardot to be one of the best places to work. Excitedly, we applied to be a best place to work with the local business newspaper, had employees fill out the anonymous surveys from the third-party administrators, and waited patiently for the results. After six weeks the results came back and we weren’t even considered to be a finalist. We had failed on several categories, with the most prominent being employees not understanding the future of the company, specifically their roles and career paths.

Startups are inherently unstable and have limited visibility. So, then, how do career paths fit in? Here are a few thoughts on career paths in startups:

  • While it’s difficult to predict the future, it’s possible to outline the company’s desired scale and size over time, assuming things go well, and to plan out potential roles and positions
  • Managers should meet…

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