Hardware position: Apple vs Start up - difficult choice
Hi I am a PhD from a top tier University with 6yoe in a startup in a very niche hardware area. I recently interviewed at Apple and they got back to me with this final offer which is just 10k above their initial offer. Also the role at Apple was originally meant as ICT3 but given my experience they claimed that they scoped it up to ICT4.
Apple base: 165k
Sign-on bonus: 30k
Average bonus 12%
I was not expecting this but my startup came back to me with a very competitive offer saying that I am a key employee:
2 yr retention bonus: 50k paid upfront.
Max bonus: 20%. I got this last year.
As far as Apple role is concerned, it’s more about stability and brand value.
I am right now weighing pros and cons of both offers. Does anyone have any opinions?