Is it a risk to get a huge salary internationally?

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Nov 16, 2017 34 Comments

I got an offer for director of engineering at a company in a foreign city. Top end of that salary for this role is $75k in that city. But they want top talent and will go international for it. They offered $160k. This is less than I make now but it's a low cost city and I value the experience.

Is it a risk to be paid so highly? The point of my question isn't to get guidance on whether the offer is good. It's to ask if there's a risk being paid so highly in comparison to local talent.

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  • Airbnb JustATree
    This is a really awful idea, definitely decline it.

    And pass it on to me to take it.
    Nov 16, 2017 1
    • Microsoft / Eng MP3
      OP don’t listen to this guy. Forward the offer to me and I will safely dispose of this risky opportunity. I happen to be without work right now so I will dedicate my full attention to this matter.
      Nov 16, 2017
  • Microsoft / Eng MP3
    How likely are you to get shot? How is the infrastructure? Laws? Pollution? Medicine? There is no simple answer. Can’t even give the roughest estimate without knowing at least the country.
    Nov 16, 2017 10
    • Microsoft / Eng MP3
      Not to mention being in Europe you’re going to be able to experience amazing culture, food, travel to many countries for cheap. Beautiful feminine women... And on that salary? In most European counties, you will live like a king in every sense of the word.
      Nov 16, 2017
    • Facebook 46hujbdys
      I’m from Europe. 160k a fucking lot. Take it
      Nov 16, 2017
    • Facebook / Eng unicorn-
      Really depends on the country and it’s culture. In a number of European countries people would think it is inappropriate for you to make so much more money. In other countries it is ok.
      Nov 16, 2017
    • Uber iamdara
      Don't European countries have lots of labor protection? You will prob never be fired there
      Nov 16, 2017
    • Microsoft adarghal
      Not true at all! When they want to fire you. They find a way!
      Nov 18, 2017
  • Which city or country?
    Nov 16, 2017 5
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      OP
      Does that change the answer? Trying to keep some anonymity :)
      Nov 16, 2017
    • Microsoft bajee
      Yes? Being a director at a scam company in India is very different from being a director of a bank in London
      Nov 16, 2017
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      OP
      Clarified the question in post, intent wasn't to evaluate the offer. Thanks!
      Nov 16, 2017
    • Microsoft bajee
      Haha sorry, I responded before scrolling
      Nov 16, 2017
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      OP
      No problem, it was fair question
      Nov 16, 2017
  • Cisco possiblo
    Are there other companies for you in the new city you are moving to..if not I would not move..might be risky..
    Nov 16, 2017 2
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      OP
      Yeah, but probably closer to local pay.
      Nov 16, 2017
    • Cisco possiblo
      I wouldn't move seems bit risky..but if you want the experience am for it..Europe might be good for a change..
      Nov 16, 2017
  • TuneIn ibelieve
    With higher than market pay comes higher expectations, being senior management with cultural difference can also be challenging. But if I were you I'd take it, you can always come back. And if you survive this, you can do anything!
    Nov 16, 2017 0
  • Airbnb JustATree
    If you’re single this is a no brainer
    Nov 16, 2017 1
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      OP
      I'm not, but we both get a work visa at least
      Nov 16, 2017
  • Guidewire Lawn
    Since 2011 US tax law changed and my understanding is the US may tax a salary that high if you are a US citizen. You should find out. I heard about someone who returned from Australia for that reason. Doubly taxed on income. I could be wrong but that’s the first thing I’d look into if I were you. I know for sure US will make you file.
    Nov 16, 2017 2
    • Yes this is important ^ read up on it
      Nov 16, 2017
    • Not under GOP tax reform!!
      Nov 17, 2017
  • Guidewire Lawn
    Also you might want to read up on the effects on your eligibility for social security later in life. Probably not a game changer, but one day you may care. I mean the years worked abroad will count as no- or low-income years in terms of calculating ss.
    Nov 16, 2017 0
  • Facebook toppot
    The risk is that if you ever want to switch jobs/companies, it will also mean switching countries. This might not be a big deal if you are single but could be a huge deal if you have school age kids.

    I went to a foreign country on assignment. It was fantastic until my manager turned out to be a major asshole. I was then stuck there until the end of the school year because I didn’t want to affect my kids education but couldn’t practically switch jobs without taking a huge pay cut.
    Nov 16, 2017 0
  • Amazon pMWj71
    Risk is if it doesn't pan out, you can not find a similar paying job. Does that matter to you or the experience? If it's about the experience, then it's not a risk, but, an opportunity.
    Nov 16, 2017 0
  • Akamai Technologies / Other Scubadiver
    I say take it!!! The biggest risk is moving to a new country. But there’s no guarantee that it’s going to work out even if the pay is shit. Why not do it? You could always move back home if it doesn’t work out.
    Nov 17, 2017 0
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    fang420more
    Not worth the risk I think. I had offer in Australia (Adelaide) - MD role, $300k+... it was pretty good considering Adelaide(not as exp as Melbourne or Sydney) and their low pay tech market... after lots of researc, I ended up declining that offer.. Not worth the risk..
    Nov 16, 2017 0
  • Google / Eng Fiber
    I worked for and knew people who worked for people in this position early in my career. In the culture I came from, to the low-level / individual workers, you'll be treated with most respect. I'm not sure what kind of risks you're thinking of (other local execs being jealous if they know your numbers?)
    Nov 16, 2017 0

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