Higher Base + Higher Title or Lower Title & higher TC

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Jul 1 11 Comments

What would you choose?

A higher title with a higher base, and a higher bonus %, and options at pre IPO

Or

Lower title, higher TC, lower bonus %

All else equal (benefits, 401k, WLB, etc)

TC 240k
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TC 270k

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  • New / Eng
    Psynaptic

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    Neither. I prefer to be homeless.
    Jul 1 0
  • Arcesium tVdC57
    Go for the title if it’ll help propel your career (which it hypothetically should). The extra 30K won’t exactly change your living standard in any meaningful way. A better title could potentially mean double your TC 2 years from now.
    Jul 1 2
    • Instacart / Eng instattack
      Yea, I definitely agree with this. Having a higher title makes it much easier to jump into another company at that same level or higher. It’s basically delayed gratification, but the delay barely exists since the salaries are already so close.

      Just remember that the same title at different companies aren’t always equivalent.
      Jul 1
    • Oracle grandmast
      Higher title means higher expectations don't go there if you are not ready
      Jul 2
  • DoorDash TJxa11
    Lower title means you can rank up and get another bump
    Jul 1 0
  • Microsoft Vbsm66
    Title doesn't matter due to rampant title inflation. Any decent (FANG) company will end up downleveling you to the same level, regardless of your current title. Go for the money.
    Jul 1 1
    • New / Eng
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      But there's something implicit here which is that non-FANG companies won't necessarily downlevel, so, if OP is chasing long term TC, then he should maybe take the first option
      Jul 1
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    The ceiling for the lower title is $270k whereas the ceiling for higher title is $240k but with options that could potentially be worth 250k a year for TC in the 400+ range. That’s the problem. Risk vs Reward :(
    Jul 2 0
  • Drive.ai zyz
    Depends on the companies. Titles at FAANG are meaningful, titles at startups are not.
    Jul 2 0
  • Cisco meoww
    Title? YOE?
    Jul 1 0
  • New yahaha
    Is it RSU’s vs. Options? I’d go with RSU’s since options are no guarantee.
    Jul 1 0