Have an offer at a hedge fund (2S, JS, DE Shaw) in a dev role (non-quant). First year guaranteed bonus at 100k but recruiter says next years are not guaranteed (up to my and company performance), however the first year number is a floor and will go up. Is this basically guaranteed or fired? How much does this vary for devs? Any SWE in HF see their bonus drop, like after market drops last year? I have competing tech co. offer with 65k RSUs per year for 4 years so less than 100k first year at HF but better than 0k bonus in years 2-4 if that’s a realistic possibility.
At Two Sigma, your bonus is expected to increase every year. You wouldn't see a huge drop in your bonus. So I'd easily take the 100k guaranteed first year bonus at Two Sigma over the guaranteed 65k per year RSU. Haven't experienced the other companies you mentioned so couldn't comment on them.