‘Startups Losing Their Charm’ ? Employees Want To Switch To Larger Companies [Survey]

A New survey conducted by JobBuzz reveals that startups could be losing its “charm” as most employees surveyed said that they are ‘willing to switch into larger companies if possible’.

According to the findings of a JobBuzz survey of professionals working in different startups, a whopping 88% said they were ready to leave their current jobs in new ventures if offered jobs in larger and more established companies.

Only 12% respondents felt content in their current startup work profiles.

“They had the best of the best to choose from and once eagerly joined startups. But after a year or so, a majority of professionals seem desperate to leave for more established players,” points out the survey.


Over 750 professionals working in different new ventures across the startup hotbeds of Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Pune, Gurgaon, Delhi and Noida took part in the survey.

The survey findings seem to point towards an impending attrition problem that startups could face in the near future as they seek to scale.

HR leaders from large companies, speaking at various TimesJobs.com boardroom discussions, have said that startups pulling in talent has become a hiring challenge for them. But some also pointed towards increasing cases of burnout among employees as the new ventures scaled and thus the increasing urge to leave for established companies.

“Today’s talent is no longer lured by just fat paychecks. They are looking at long-term career growth and are careful when choosing their employers.Those joining startups must have that sense of passion and ownership to make the company grow. If they want to switch, as the survey shows, startups need to have a relook at their hiring strategy so they pick people who share the vision of the founders and feel themselves part of the company’s growth story,” says Vivek Madhukar, COO, TimesJobs.com.

What The Respondents Had To Say

When asked why they were thinking of quitting their startup jobs, 43% felt they would be able to draw higher salaries in established companies. But a significant 30% said it was due to the nature of their jobs in startups as they were unable to maintain work-life balance.

Interestingly, the fear of the startup not taking off properly and employees losing their jobs was not reported to be a major concern. Only 15% survey respondents admitted that they wanted to switch to an established company to seek better job security.

But dissatisfaction appears to have set in among employees who have been in these startups for at least one year and more. Nearly 65% of them said they would readily switch to an established player if they got the opportunity.

About 58% employees in IT, internet, dotcom, consulting and retail startups, who answered the JobBuzz.in survey, said they wanted to move to bigger companies. The discontent appears widespread among both junior and senior-level professionals, 75% of whom wanted to move to bigger companies.

However, Respondents Feel That Their Startup Stint Started Off With Passion

When asked why they took up a startup job in the first place, 54% said it was because of the thrill of working in a new venture. Only 23% had taken up the jobs for higher salary while 20% were looking for a flexible work culture – a major pull for Gen Y and Z today.

On the concerns they had before they joined startups, most survey respondents said it was the risk of the venture failing (63%) and the pressure of taking up multiple roles (29%).