Deciding between Bloomberg, Microsoft and series B Bay Area Startup

Informatica / Eng
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Nov 11, 2018 24 Comments

I am a CS Masters graduating in May 2019. Please find details of offers below:

Microsoft (Seattle)- 109k base, 0-20% target bonus (any idea on what to expect after 1st year), 100k stocks over 3.5 years, 30.5k (sign-on + relocation)
Bloomberg (NYC)- 142k base, 18k target bonus, 30k (sign-on + relocation)
Series B Mountain View Startup - 150k base, 20k relocation, 10,000 stock options at strike price of 65 cents a stock.

The team at Bloomberg should be applied NLP. There is a bootcamp for around 2 months which is an opportunity for team matching. In microsoft, its azure. In the startup, the role will be that of a software engineer involving building data-driven backend applications.

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  • Uber YRUHere
    Blind is full of tech folks, who will probably vote against Bloomberg as another industry.
    Nov 11, 2018 4
    • Microsoft / Product
      Brazuka

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      Brazukamore
      In this case it's warranted since it's a tech role at Bloomberg
      Nov 11, 2018
    • Uber / Eng oNatenOw
      I think you mean unwarranted?
      Nov 12, 2018
    • Bloomberg cschicken
      Why do people think that Bloomberg is not a tech company?
      Nov 12, 2018
    • Uber / Eng oNatenOw
      Lol I know it is a tech company. People think of the news and finance first before the terminal, which is the actual main product.
      Nov 12, 2018
  • New kgb$
    You may wanna think long-term (and not focus on the compensation at this point):

    * MS - waste a couple of years to grow your credentials (get it on your resume) and move to a more respectful company (e.g., Google)

    * Bloomberg - if you like NY; but there is bias in tech against non-tech companies, so it may not help much from the career perspective

    * Startup - if you actually want to learn and gain real experience and skills (both technical and not)
    Nov 11, 2018 0
  • Amazon Gjdyveycc4
    Microsoft to be lazy, Bloomberg for brand and startup for real fun and money.
    Nov 11, 2018 1
    • Microsoft DOyu71
      Bloomberg for brand. That shit is funny.
      Nov 12, 2018
  • Qubole badabambud
    Do the startup early in your career. Will be a great learning experience. You can always work at larger safer companies later in life.
    Nov 12, 2018 1
    • Microsoft DOyu71
      Or you could be completely out of a job when it does under in 3 months as something like 80% do.
      Nov 12, 2018
  • Microsoft avR
    What position are you getting?your offer is way better than my current salary, i have 10 years of experience, several certs, and worked at companies from FANG... The problem though, Microsoft has a toxic environment, focusing on work politics, some getting promoted others not etc.. for someone without experience, if you are in for $, I'd say come to MS, then go to FANG when you can..
    Nov 11, 2018 10
    • Microsoft /_-\
      Azure has crazy on-calls
      Nov 12, 2018
    • Cisco bitset
      On call is like debugging live customer setup?
      Nov 12, 2018
    • Microsoft /_-\
      On-call is to mitigate livesite incident and every engineer in the team has one week on call rotation. During your oncall week, you are expected to respond within15 mins if there is service or customer incident. Sometimes, you get waken up at 2 am and then spend 2-3 hours to mitigate incident in the middle of the night. It's very hectic I usually don't have any time for Dev work during my on call week and I'll be lucky if I don't get waken up at middle of night once during on-call week.
      Nov 12, 2018
    • Cisco bitset
      How frequent is on call week?
      Nov 12, 2018
    • Microsoft /_-\
      Depends on the size of the team. My team has 7 people right now so once every 7 weeks.
      Nov 12, 2018
  • Microsoft / Product
    Brazuka

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    Brazukamore
    For the startup: Inform how much would those stock options be worth in the last round valuation
    Nov 11, 2018 0
  • Microsoft UMbR31
    Microsoft Azure

    It's a good place to gain credential, assuming you didn't get a FANG offer. With the impending economic slowdown, it might be a safe place to learn the software engineer trade and ride out slowdown.

    Congrats on the great offer btw
    Nov 11, 2018 0
  • Microsoft DOyu71
    There are many excellent groups in azure. you have a good l59 offer which means there is tons of room for growth. In azure you are likely to grow very quickly. In many groups there is on-call (live site monitoring and debugging if necessary). For some teams it's burden and some not.
    Nov 12, 2018 0