Help choosing between competing offers
Asking for a friend. Has 3 yoe as a backend software engineer. I won't put the names here, but atleast one is easy to figure out.
FinTech (Crypto) startup in Bellevue, WA
TC: 133k base + ~25k bonus = ~160k
Title: Software Engineer
Company size : ~500
Stack: C#, Azure
Non-profit Institute (Microsoft co-founder) in Seattle, WA
TC: 135k (no bonus)
Title: Software Engineer III
Company size: ~500 (division ~15)
Does taking lower TC for a 'senior' role, albeit at a researchy, non profit make sense? Tech stack expected to be more interesting at option 1. What do you all keep in mind when deciding between such offers?