Does FAANG matter for Product Design careers?
*Note: this is specifically about Design, engineers have a very different outlook on this from what I’ve seen/read.*
So I know we, in tech, put FAANG or FANMG or whatever on a pedestal, but for Product Design Leaders is it really a big deal, outside of comp?
I recently got an offer from a Facebook and a Tier 2 tech company (not saying because the role is unique enough to be identifiable), and I really am not feeling Facebook, so I’ll be declining the offer. I have a final interview with Google (L5/L6) coming up. Problem is Google has a long hiring process—I’ve already communicated that I have other companies I’m getting to offer with—so with an offer on the table, I’m not sure if I can wait a month to see if I “get” Google. The recruiter from the T2 company told me that after a couple weeks they’ll have to kick back up the recruiting process, which is understandable bc they have a role to fill, so I’m trying to do a cost-benefit analysis on is it really worth it?
Both roles give me the opportunity to build a team from scratch, define a nebulous space, etc. Both have huge potential, pay won’t be 100% comparable, but I’m ok with that. So it sort of boils down to will the T2 company drag down my resume in a way that everyone knows having a Google (especially being a leader) would raise it up? Is Google worth the wait even if it’s uncertain whether or not I get the role?
I’m “comfortable” at MSFT to I’m not really in a rush, but the opportunities are unique.
Stock: $221,000 (4y)
YOE: 7yrs (only 2 in tech)