Get promoted in 6-8 months or switch to bigger company?

New wGsQ24
Feb 9 21 Comments

I've been at a ~120 person sized startup for a year now as a software engineer. Yoe: 3.5 years. We're doubling in size every 1.5 years

While I get good work and see a path for promo this year, I don't think I get paid as well (160k + 30k worth of options at current valuation).

I have setup onsites with 'good' companies in the valley (Google, Pinterest, LinkedIn etc). Other than LinkedIn, I'm being matched to software engineer (non senior roles). I haven't gone onsite so don't have offers in hand right now.

I was wondering if I should :
1) stick around and get promoted and then switch in the case that my offers are all software engineer roles
2) go to big name company which will come with a pay raise and best practices, scale and legitimacy etc
3) only prioritize roles where I'm being offered senior position

What do you guys think?

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  • Nvidia Brouwer
    Following
    Feb 9 6
    • Oracle not_larry
      Just hit the bell on the top to follow... instead of posting this...
      Feb 9
    • New / R&D zorkan
      Good looks Larry
      Feb 9
    • Oracle not_larry
      I’m not_larry, obviously
      Feb 9
    • New / R&D zorkan
      You're aren't fooling me Larry
      Feb 9
    • Oracle not_larry
      not_larry. notLarry also fine
      Feb 9
  • Prioritize learning first. And if you believe you’ll learn in one company rather than the other, go for it.
    Feb 9 3
    • Titles, TC, benefits come second.
      Feb 9
    • New wGsQ24
      OP
      Having not worked in a Google/LI etc, does anybody here know how the pace of learning compares to a growing startup?
      Feb 9
    • Bank of America / IT
      biggie8

      Bank of America IT

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      biggie8more
      I would take a look and see if you can get an offer first then decide. I always keep my interview skills sharp by exercising them regularly
      Feb 9
  • Amazon / PR jefe_bezos
    LC hard every 2-3 years. Do lots of interviews; get as many competing offers as possible. Jump ship. Maximize compensation. Retire early. Do whatever the hell you want.
    Feb 9 0
  • LinkedIn / Eng Brainbutt
    Do 3 if you want to leave and learn. Take the swe interviews for practice and nail the LI one. You salary will go up dramatically
    Feb 9 3
    • New wGsQ24
      OP
      Can you put ballpark figures on LI compensation for entry-level senior software engg? Trying to understand how much I lose by not being there.
      Feb 9
    • Square / Eng d4jex6
      Probably 250-300
      Feb 9
    • LinkedIn / Eng Brainbutt
      ^ I hear around 275 is avg for outside hires
      Feb 9
  • Oracle not_larry
    Stick around. If work is good, company is growing, you can learn fast and get promoted fast at the startup... then after a few years go to FANG at a higher(director) level and chill.
    Feb 9 1
    • Verizon / IT Hedin!
      Hate to burst your bubble but unless you are well known speaker and leader in specific area no one will hire you to Director at FAANG.
      Feb 9
  • Amadeus Trick2g
    Be ruthless when it comes to chasing tc. Titles, responsibilities don't mean much if the pay is bad.
    Feb 9 0
  • TuneIn Pshush
    Get promoted and get hired by google in few years as a senior or manager.
    Feb 9 1
    • LinkedIn / Eng Brainbutt
      Google will downlevel the shit out of you unless you come from another tier 1
      Feb 9

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