Stop pretending it’s all a party: The social contract of working at a startup

June 25th, 2013 / No Comments »

By Sarah Lacy

Perhaps it’s because I’ve worked my whole career in media and startups. But I’m having a hard time getting super lathered up about Bloomberg’s takedown of what it is like to work at Fab.

Don’t hang your jacket on the back of a chair? Don’t use a certain font in emails? Those are friendly suggestions compared to having to walk into the Conde Nast building everyday. A friend who worked for a Conde Nast publication (and is thin, gorgeous, and always impeccably dressed) said walking into the cafeteria was worse than the most mean girls high school. The anxiety of getting sized up everyday in the elevator was a big reason she sought another job. Key words: Sought another job…….