Choose team or company brand?

Microsoft / Eng YiLf82
May 15 22 Comments

Currently in the offer stages with Dropbox and Google. No numbers yet, assuming they will come pretty close.

I like the team and project at DBX more, it aligns with my career plan, but not sure about it’s future. I’m also concerned if my intuition is too subjective, since I’m interested in data/ML/AI and GCP seems to be at a better position in these fields than DBX.

Google is google, but the team is GCP and not relevant to my previous experience. Heard some negative reviews for GCP (messy/chaotic, high pressure, bad wlb, culture more like AWS). Also heard there are not many interesting teams at Seattle site.

Should I choose google just for the brand and career safety (waiting for my green card now) or follow my heart and choose DBX?

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  • Google Resumé
    Order of importance: team > org > company.
    May 15 0
  • Microsoft SsOF47
    Dropbox is a quite prestigious brand as well. Pretty high hiring bar and happy employees AFAIK with great perks.
    May 16 4
    • Microsoft / Eng YiLf82
      OP
      For sure, the only concerns for me are: 1. Not many project options to work on; 2. Stock price decreases over years; 3. Risk of lay-off in case of a recession
      May 16
    • Microsoft SsOF47
      Then I really do not understand why you are in a dilemma. You sound like you dont want to work at Dropbox. You can not get everything you want. Plus don’t get the illusion that google is the ultimate place to work, it all is team dependent.
      May 17
    • Microsoft / Eng YiLf82
      OP
      Both choices have pros and cons and it’s hard to quantify to a score. True, hopefully the numbers will be different and make it easier to decide
      May 17
    • Dropbox 7db
      Ex microsoftie here. I think you can't go wrong with Dropbox, but Google can be better for the brand name. I really have nothing negative to say about Dropbox as an employee.
      May 21
  • Microsoft / Eng YiLf82
    OP
    The votes are now 50:50, as torn as I am.
    May 15 7
    • Microsoft / Eng YiLf82
      OP
      At least 2 years. I’m also concerned if my feeling is too subjective, since I’m interested in data/ML/AI and GCP is at a better position in these fields than DBX.
      May 15
    • Microsoft / Eng YiLf82
      OP
      @Resume, I’d hope ppl at GCP to provide some insights
      May 15
    • Amazon
      seattle'd

      Amazon

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      Amazon, Salesforce, Google, Microsoft, Apple
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      May 15
    • Microsoft / Eng YiLf82
      OP
      Thanks Seattle’d, I’d like to try somewhere more different from MS
      May 16
    • Amazon
      seattle'd

      Amazon

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      seattle'dmore
      I'm also hoping from current SWEs at GCP to provide some more real insights.
      May 16
  • Microsoft yesterda
    GCP is definitely messy , political and chaotic - but you get google brand
    May 15 1
    • Microsoft / Eng YiLf82
      OP
      I can get in google with MS brand already so not sure how important it is ;)
      May 15
  • Gilt / Eng still-sde1
    I mean, your post in itself already shows you clearly like dropbox more.
    May 15 1
    • Microsoft / Eng YiLf82
      OP
      I know, but it’s a life decision that I don’t want to decide emotionally
      May 15
  • Apple tyrion🎲
    I have my doubts over long term vision of DBX, what they are selling in a commodity.
    May 15 0
  • Google z5RtU7F
    I think this depends on where you are in your career and where you want to go later. Do you want to hit a certain level then focus on things outside of work? Do you want to try your shot at a standup? Do you want to move up the ladder? Do you want to specialize in a certain area? More exploration in different areas?

    What do you want from the next job (besides $) with respect to your career is what I am asking.
    May 15 1
    • Microsoft / Eng YiLf82
      OP
      Working on more interesting projects in a certain area, learning a lot, getting to senior level as well as wlb are important to me
      May 15
  • Microsoft cNmMP
    Hey I am joining dbx in weeks:)
    May 27 0