Company Brand vs Title, Google v Microsoft
I have competing offers from Microsoft and Google, but they are for different roles:
Google - Application Engineer III
Microsoft - Software Development Engineer II
Google’s name power is big, but I never realized how big. Everyone outside of tech is telling me to choose Google because of resume, regardless of title.
People inside tech though, tell me to choose SDE because Application Engineer is seen as inferior. They can never explain why though, and when they try, it usually just exposes that they don’t actually know anything about the role.
These are both development roles. AE would be working on internal software, SDE would be working in Cloud Ops.
Assume pay is the same after tax and over 200k TC. This role is L4 at Google and 61/62 at Microsoft.
Which offer would you take?