Compensation vs Team Fit

Dropbox drobpoxer
Nov 15 20 Comments

Hey Blind,

I find myself in an interesting position.

I'm not growing in my current role and didn't see any teams with open headcount I was interested in. So I started interviewing.

A few weeks ago, a team I've long been interested in got headcount so I reached out and its a fit. This team checks all my boxes: mostly backend work, strong alignment with stakeholders, relatively senior team with folks I can learn from.

However, I've just received an offer from Qualtrics that blows my current TC out of the water. Team fit seems pretty good from what the recruiter can tell me and I actually like the Qualtrics product and market quite a lot, but I hear rumors that their internal engineering process/stack can be weak and the SAP acquisition is a big question mark.

Dropbox:
TC: 270k
Pros:
Team fit
Company Culture
Lunch and Dinner 5 days per week
I still believe in the mission and think the company has huge upside.

Con:
TC is lower.

Qualtrics:
TC: 325k
Pros:
Fresh Start
Like the product
Liked all my interviewers
Sign on (35k)

Con:
Team Fit is more unknown, but still seems good from the description of the team?
Lunch 3 days per week, no free dinner
Rumors of weak internal tech stack?
SAP acquisition?

What would you do?

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TOP 20 Comments
  • Salesforce / Eng m3p
    I have been there and did the bad decision of going for more comp.
    Nov 15 0
  • Dropbox pradbitt
    Dropbox’s culture is incredible (don’t know about Qualtrics) as are the benefits and WLB is really good. I prioritize those things over pay, also the extra $55k won’t really make a huge difference but the risk of being in company with the wrong culture could be present.
    Nov 16 2
    • Facebook zvbxxnm
      What is the special part of the culture? What benefits?
      Nov 16
    • Qualtrics RandomQuni
      I would switch to Dropbox anytime. I heard a lot about its great eng culture. Even Guido was there before retirement. Qualtrics is cheap when it comes to proper tools.
      Nov 16
  • Facebook zvbxxnm
    Doesn’t seem like worth the move. Dropbox definitely carries more weight on your resume than Qualtrics. However, do get some other good offers if you decide to move.
    Nov 15 0
  • Qualtrics IgKu64
    Great WLB and cool tech stack at Qualtrics. But , don’t see the hardcore eng culture like amazon and Microsoft. Though that has started to change since a lot of those folks have joined Qualtrics .

    325K looks like a L5 offer to me . YOE?
    Nov 15 5
    • Dropbox drobpoxer
      OP
      Yes, L5 offer.
      6 YoE
      Nov 15
    • Amazon OyQW43
      What is hardcore engineering culture?
      Nov 15
    • Qualtrics IgKu64
      Hardcore engineering culture ex: building/designing robust scalable maintainable systems .
      Nov 15
    • Amazon OyQW43
      I see. Thought every company is same, looks like I was wrong
      Nov 15
    • Qualtrics RandomQuni
      Cool tech stack? 🤣 sure, nodejs with typescript, scale is funny, and shit dev tools. You wait for Jenkins builds forever. Majority of folks from Amazon, are the ones who were pipped there, so don’t expect much. Just fyi.
      Nov 16
  • Slalom Consulting / Sales StankyFeet
    What can you accomplish with 325k that you couldn’t with 270k? I think going with the environment you know that you’ll love 8 hours/ day Monday through Friday is worth giving up the 50k for an unknown.
    Nov 15 1
    • Dropbox drobpoxer
      OP
      Absolutely nothing changes except for my ego.

      I'd just save more money.
      Nov 15
  • Dropbox super-dope
    OP, do you see yourself becoming IC3 soon?
    Nov 16 4
    • Dropbox drobpoxer
      OP
      I am IC3, just way underpaid.
      Nov 17
    • Dropbox super-dope
      That sucks. And I can understand how you feel. I wonder if you like your future new team, would it be possible to get Dropbox match your new offer so that they close the pay gap and you can still enjoy what you like about being here.
      Nov 17
    • Facebook zvbxxnm
      TC and YOE?
      Nov 17
    • Facebook zvbxxnm
      Oh saw it, yeah you are underpaid.
      Nov 17
  • Microsoft SsOF47
    What is your years of experience?
    Nov 17 0
  • McAfee / Other binoc
    FWIW there seemed to be lots of turnover for a while. that might be better now but might be worth checking into. They've had explosive growth along with being acquired by SAP which can both strain a company culture.
    Nov 15 0

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