Employees Questions


9 Votes
12 Answers
2.44K Views
What are the pros and cons of employees that work remotely?

What are the considerations as we consider employees that would work remotely? I'm particularly thinking about technical positions (programming, web site maintenance) that are remote due to...

asked Sep 21 '10 at 06:21
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Keith De Long
5,091 points

0 Votes
0 Answers
1.29K Views
What is the percentage of vesting which is accounted by performance for ESOPs?

Organizations have established ratios between tenure and quality to exercise vesting of options for employees. I was told by a friend that Facebook has a 60:40 ratio for performance:tenure while...

asked Jan 29 '17 at 07:00
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PJ
1 point

335 Votes
20 Answers
456K Views
If I'm working at a company, do they have intellectual property rights to the stuff I do in my spare time?

I was interviewed by a lady from Zynga and she told me that Zynga doesn't allow developers to have side projects. Is this true for companies in general, or just a minority that Zynga is a part of?...

asked Jan 26 '11 at 16:35
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John
706 points

3 Votes
1 Answers
1.46K Views
Persuading software engineers to join a new startup?

I'm a non-technical founder who has been able to get by with outsourced consultants on ODesk for a while.But now that revenues are growing, I want to hire one or two PHP coders onsite. I've posted...

asked Jun 9 '14 at 18:10
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Sonya Dave
19 points

2 Votes
1 Answers
1.1K Views
Should you provide any bonuses to employees whose ideas make a significant contribution to the bottom line?

We're just getting started with scaling our business and one of the things we want to implement is a 4/1 work day. 4 days are spent working, and 1 day is for individual projects (just like Google's...

asked Jun 6 '14 at 15:27
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William Green
14 points

2 Votes
1 Answers
794 Views
How to get out of a one-man show pattern and hire people?

I have been running a success site for the last 6 years by myself. Most of my revenue comes from AdSense and CPA offers. While I've had years in those past 6 where I could have easily hired one or...

asked Jun 12 '14 at 15:40
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Wilbert Wood
12 points

2 Votes
2 Answers
1.41K Views
Can you raise money from VCs if you're a solo founder and all your employees are ODesk contractors?

I have a solo founder (technical) who has hired 8 full time contractors on ODesk for my startup. We have launched an MVP and starting to get some initial traction.Would VCs reject such a startup...


2 Votes
2 Answers
1.31K Views
How to reject candidates after an interview?

What's the best way to say no to candidates who clearly aren't a good fit for the company?It's as awkward for me to do as firing someone. I would like to do it in a way that doesn't reflect bad on...

asked Jun 16 '14 at 23:45
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Connie Banes
12 points

1 Votes
0 Answers
711 Views
Advice for hiring employee #1 at a solo founder startup?

What are some challenges you've faced and advice for hiring your first employee at an un-funded, solo founder startup?I am about to launch my product and need to hire a sales person to help with...

asked Jun 17 '14 at 22:56
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Maria Fagundes
7 points

2 Votes
1 Answers
1.08K Views
Are certification programs worth any credibility when evaluating candidates?

Especially in marketing, a lot of sales people have certifications from Google, BrainBench or smaller providers like ExpertRatings.Are these certification programs worth anything in terms of...

asked Jun 25 '14 at 19:42
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James Campbell
12 points

0 Votes
1 Answers
572 Views
What should product managers be responsible for in startups?

We are trying to scale our bootstrapped startup and one of the roles I always see startups hiring for are product managers. What roles and tasks should a product manager at a startup be responsible...

asked Jul 5 '14 at 16:12
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Wesley Ramirez
2 points

2 Votes
1 Answers
1.08K Views
Does a candidates appearance / behavior on social media effect your hiring decision?

Before hiring someone, most startups try to find out as much as possible about them by hitting Google and checking their publicly available social media profiles (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram,...

asked Jul 8 '14 at 16:55
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Carl Rosas
12 points

2 Votes
1 Answers
1.05K Views
Does GPA matter when hiring software engineers?

How important of a signal is the grades and college GPA of a software engineering candidate if they already have 1 or 2 years of experience?Should startups even ask for grades / transcripts of...


0 Votes
0 Answers
583 Views
Why do startups choose open office space layouts even though studies show private offices result in higher productivity and employee satisfaction?

There is study after study showing that software engineers are far more productive and happy in private office spaces vs an open layout.Yet most funded startups still do with large open layouts. Is...

asked Jul 11 '14 at 13:55
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Jamie Wilkins
4 points

1 Votes
1 Answers
653 Views
How to promote people in a small company of less than 20 people?

We are a small company of less than 20 people. How do we provide opportunities for people to move up the ladder? We are not growing in terms of company size as our business runs pretty well at it's...

asked Jul 14 '14 at 14:29
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Allen Sullivan
9 points

1 Votes
0 Answers
696 Views
Do startups that are suddenly have massive growth try to recover equity given to employees?

Lets take Uber as an example. It's going gang-busters and most of the employees are likely holding onto equity worth millions.For employees that still have a cliff that isn't finished (they have...

asked Jul 21 '14 at 19:25
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Ronald Solari
6 points

0 Votes
3 Answers
1.39K Views
What criteria should you judge candidates on when hiring?

We are looking to hire our first two employees and have no prior experience in recruiting.What are the most important things that we should look for in a candidate?The first would obviously be...

asked Aug 6 '14 at 15:42
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Dennis Fidler
2 points

1 Votes
2 Answers
2.66K Views
Should you give a negative review to a contractor if they go AWOL or have personal problems, but otherwise do good work?

When reviewing or rating or providing references to a contractor, should you factor in them going AWOL, not responding, having personal problems, being flaky, but otherwise doing good work? I've...

asked Nov 9 '14 at 05:28
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Starrychloe S.
83 points

2 Votes
2 Answers
1.16K Views
Is it possible to build and scale a startup with only remote employees?

It would save considerable overhead expenses on things like rent and health insurance in some cases (for those employees who are in other countries).What about VCs? Would they look upon such a...

asked Apr 20 '15 at 12:57
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Jason George
14 points

2 Votes
0 Answers
1.09K Views
How to calculate yearly raise for employees?

What process should one take to figure how much raise in salary to give to their employees?We are a small, but profitable company. It's our third year in business and both my cofounder and I have...

asked Apr 21 '15 at 10:57
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Kenneth Mc Cowan
14 points