I have three offers, 2 for Product Manager roles and 1 for Manager, Tech Support. let's say salary part is similar for all three(+-5K) but all three companies are totally different from one another. let's call them company A B C, each from different verticals (A-recruiting, B-data automation & C-aerospace/earth observation), different funding stages (series D, seed stage, series C), different valuation (240 mil, N/A, 1.6 bill). Company A is an established leader in its domain (recruiting), company B is very small just in seed stage, company C is a very cool tech start up considered a billion dollar unicorn and has been talked about a lot in media, backed by VC who also invested in companies like Facebook, AirBnb, SolarCity.
Keeping the seed stage data automation start up out of the mix for now, Im really confused which company is better for me. company A) current company, offering PM role, something I would love to do in full capacity (I have been doing it partially already because our official PM left a year ago) so I know I already have a headstart plus I'm familiar with the team, but they are offering me 5K less than company C (actually 12k less, if I compare only base, there is no bonus offered by company C). Company A is scrambling to get cash flow positive and rumours are they may raise another round. I already have 50% options vested from what I was offered when I started with Company A, they are not offering any more stock options. Company C) definitely a dream company for me, it is in earth observation domain. Cool tech start up, considered a unicorn and a billion dollar company, founders are X-NASA scientists and a lot of smart people in the company. Role is however Manager, tech support which is more consistent with my current and past experience/skill set. offering me 12K more than company A if I compare only base (5K more if base+bonus) plus offcourse some stock options.
What should I choose dream role or dream company?
Also it sounds like the Manager title is a level above PM - and once you get in you could try internal transfer.
Good luck and congrats!