I'm still a student graduating this semester and can't stop thinking about the full-time job decision I made last semester. After receiving a few offers, I filtered them down to 2 I was really interested in:
Facebook, NYC: $110k base/ 10%+ bonus/ $160k/4 years stock/ $85k sign on/ ~$160k TC
Two Sigma, NYC: $145k base/ $40k bonus/ $55k Sign On/ ~$185k TC
TS had some really compelling advantages in my mind:
1. Higher TC (and higher TC growth?)
2. I have no interest in living in the Bay/Seattle so with TS being headquartered in NYC, perhaps the advancement opportunities would be better
3. I have a huge interest in the financial markets and would love to work on and learn about trading algorithms
4. I was offered to work on some really interesting ML/ quantitative engineering work that is right up my ally in terms of interest
5. I like how much smaller the firm is than FB and the environment that that creates
I ended up choosing Facebook for the following reasons:
1. I was really pleased to be put in the NYC office
2. I believe that the open culture with regards to knowledge sharing provides a good environment for me to grow as an engineer
3. There are some ML teams in the NYC office that I'd be really interested in (FAIR, Instagram ML, etc) that if I could land on one of those teams- I could satisfy my interests in ML although this isn't guaranteed because I need to go through bootcamp (so this is a negative compared to TS where it would've been guaranteed)
4. I didn't have much time to interview after my internship, so I wanted to give myself time to do my research on the various financial firms and if found another opportunity I was interested in after my first job, TS's non-compete could block me from pursuing that
5. I aspire to one day reach the director ranks and I've heard online that TS prioritizes external hires for high level positions over internal promotion- while I don't get the impression that this is the case at FB
It was the hardest decision I've ever made and it still burns in my mind so I'm looking to hear from someone older and wiser than me on how to frame it and think about it. I've even considered asking TS if they could put this offer back on the table and reneging on FB if they could, even though I know this likely is the wrong path. Just want to gain some outside perspective on the situation.
Tbh, I don't think anyone has the answer. Opportunities will come and go. Next time you're looking for a job, FB and TS may not be even on your shortlist. Things change, preferences change, companies change.
Take FB, enjoy every moment. You'll most likely love it, most people who i know work there do! What's the absolute worst that could happen in the grand scheme of things?