Important career decision - need perspective!

Undisclosed olivegreen
Nov 10, 2018 19 Comments

Lucky enough to have 2 offers, but extremely torn...

A) Finance Manager at Google
$250 cash (base + sign on + target)
$250 GSUs
Role = L6 on fintech team

B) VP at well-funded blockchain startup (platform, not random coins)
$275 cash (base)
$200 equity/token mix
Role = leading ops on flagship product. Reporting to founders, who all have had $1B+ exits before

With the impending recession and volatility in the markets, I need to think long and hard about the upside vs. risks. Appreciate your perspective!

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  • Undisclosed bSDK67
    Don’t forget Google is copycat underdog.
    Nov 10, 2018 0
  • Indeed iPjY05
    This is a tough decision, as evidenced by the close voting results. Even in a downturn Google is likely to be hiring and since you already have an offer I am sure you could get another. If you are passionate about the what the startup is doing and they are well funded, it could be a really great experience. Is there one you would immediately regret not doing?
    Nov 10, 2018 2
    • Undisclosed olivegreen
      OP
      Thanks! Good question, I’d regret not doing the startup. Just terrified that BC startup will go under in a downturn and I end up jobless!
      Nov 10, 2018
    • Indeed iPjY05
      You could take the startup and then cut back your sending and sock away a rainy day fund. If you are aggressive you may be able to have sufficient cash set aside in just a few months. Good luck with your decision, it sounds like you know what to do and just have to figure out how to do it. You are in a good spot, deciding what to do is more difficult that deciding how to do it.
      Nov 10, 2018
  • Atlassian WB2000
    At $275 base, I’d say there is low risk. Go for the startup. That title, experience, and base will give you great exit opportunity should you need it.
    Nov 10, 2018 1
    • Undisclosed olivegreen
      OP
      I hope you’re right! Google has great exit opportunities too but the role is definitely more mid level
      Nov 10, 2018
  • Cruise Automation mocca
    Block chain startups are really about how much you believe in what they are doing. If it was appealing to me with all else being the same, I'd go with block chain.

    I chose a startup with mission I believe in vs going to another FANG. Higher volatility on equity and job safety, and more ownership in role.

    Saved enough, and frugal, to last years when recession hits. This let's me take more risk vs living paycheck to paycheck or less than a year's emergency fund.
    Nov 10, 2018 0
  • San Francisco International Airp LBUi72
    L6 offer is low, especially RSUs.
    Nov 10, 2018 2
    • Apple Gg56fh
      Even for a non tech role?
      Nov 10, 2018
    • San Francisco International Airp LBUi72
      I've seen 220k RSU for L4 non-tech
      Nov 10, 2018
  • Undisclosed olivegreen
    OP
    At 84 votes and STILL dead tied. 42/42
    Nov 10, 2018 0
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    • Undisclosed olivegreen
      OP
      Banking and startup, 9 YOE
      Nov 10, 2018
    • Undisclosed olivegreen
      OP
      IB
      Nov 10, 2018
  • Google snidely
    What fintech team is this? Is it in Cloud?
    Nov 10, 2018 1
    • Undisclosed olivegreen
      OP
      No. Why, what's going on in Cloud?
      Nov 10, 2018
  • Amazon amazoning
    Ask 100k more from G. If they give go for it. If they don’t go for startup as there’s more upside at a well funded startup than downside. You won’t regret it as you would’ve taken the higher offer.
    Nov 10, 2018 0
  • Indeed DoinkDaClw
    Lol do startup up easy. Google will always want to hire you
    Nov 10, 2018 0
  • What’s your risk tolerance? Are you the single bread winner?
    Nov 10, 2018 0
  • Facebook Beadwsb
    Do you have a family or planning one in near future? If not pick startup.
    Nov 10, 2018 0