Would you recommend getting a lawyer to review employment / confidentiality contracts? I’m not sure how common this is, and what to watch for.
I recently was fortunate to receive an offer from an early-stage startup, and I recently received an offer letter and a confidentiality agreement. I'm curious if I should get my employment contract reviewed, and how to go about doing that.
Guiding principle: the need for a lawyer is inversely proportional to how common the situation is.
Trust is transitive: if an offer letter or confidentiality agreement is good enough for hundreds or thousands of other people, it's probably good enough for you. Or at least it is sufficiently de-risked.
To answer your question directly, for the early-stage startup:
If the company is large enough (10+ people) and you trust the founders, I wouldn't get a lawyer -- just read through the contracts carefully and ask about terms you don't know.
If you'd like to get it reviewed by someone with more knowledge, you can use something like LegalZoom or fiverr if you're on a budget.