While the work may be more intense, there are many perks to working for a startup. Firstly, the office setting is very laid back. I can go to work in gym shorts and a tank top. A normal firm would throw me out from seeing that attire. Secondly, you become close with your coworkers. You will grab beers after work, hit the gym with some of them, even grab a game of Dota in the office after hours!
If you want to meet some interesting people, then startups are the way to go. When I was in 500 Startups, I met some incredible people who were pushing incredible ideas. You’ll meet friends that will be all over the world.
To all the students who are interesting in seeing what it’s really like to work for a startup, take a look a the companies near you on AngelList. They have profile of companies and you can directly contact them through the website. Good Luck!