Is it crazy to leave Airbnb for Google for approximately the same TC?

Airbnb dfevxkls
Feb 15 32 Comments

Google has been my dream company since I could remember and I recently got an offer (non-eng) doing strategy there that I’m more interested in than in my current role at Airbnb. They didn’t downlevel me but the TC isn’t much more than at Airbnb although Google’s stocks are liquid. Input?

Google L4 offer (final and negotiated):
$130k base
$45k GSU ($180k / 4 years)
$15k signing
15% bonus
TC: $210k

Commute: 1-1.5 hours SF -> MTV via google bus. I can move closer once my lease in SF is up in 5 months.

Current Airbnb L4 TC:
$140k base
$27k RSU ($110k / 4 years)
expecting $11k refresh
15% bonus
TC: $197k

Commute: 20 minutes walking SF->SF

YOE: 5.5

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TOP 32 Comments
  • Paychex kool-paid
    Stay until after IPO
    Feb 15 7
    • Amazon TRuc81
      Stock can also be worth less
      Feb 15
    • Paychex kool-paid
      Airbnb has feature. Not like Snap.
      Feb 15
    • Airbnb dfevxkls
      OP
      I’ve vested a bit of stock already but not sure if it’s going to spike post IPO as much as people think, especially in this economy. That’s why the IPO factor is less relevant in my decision although that is a great point
      Feb 15
    • General Motors / Other
      aniela

      General Motors Other

      PRE
      Zebra Technologies
      anielamore
      How did you vest pre IPO?
      Feb 15
    • New Wkah1&
      Leave before IPO so you don’t have to deal with the 6 months waiting period bs
      Feb 15
  • Microsoft / Eng
    MgIr74

    Microsoft Eng

    PRE
    Amazon
    MgIr74more
    That commute blows, don’t do it.
    Feb 15 0
  • AppDynamics c-137.rick
    The amount of time you are giving up to commute isn't worth the additional 13k. It means you view your free time as worth on $21/hr
    Feb 15 7
    • Airbnb dfevxkls
      OP
      I understand but beyond hourly rate calculations I’ve factored in the career trajectory + boost from the google position that may justify a temporarily painful commute.
      Feb 15
    • Google Switzlernd
      Could you get a role based in SF offices?
      The commute is killer.
      Feb 15
    • Google Switzlernd
      One would have to pay me 2x what I'm currently making for me to do that commute again.
      Feb 15
    • Airbnb dfevxkls
      OP
      WFH 1 day per week, but all my stakeholders are unfortunately in MTV
      Feb 15
    • Airbnb dfevxkls
      OP
      Also @siwtzlernd can you recommend neighborhoods closer to HQ to make that commute bearable?
      Feb 15
  • Facebook public2
    You can always go back to airbnb once the commute tires you.
    Feb 15 3
    • Airbnb dfevxkls
      OP
      From your experience do people often boomerang to Airbnb and is the commute really that bad?
      Feb 15
    • Apple industry
      Move to google if that’s where you really want to be. The commute is painful but since you can relocate in 5 months, it’s worth moving. Check if google can wait for 5 months. Also, google usually offers to pay for breaking your lease, so check if’s part of your offer. If it is part of your offer, you can move asap.
      Feb 15
    • Airbnb dfevxkls
      OP
      Thank you for this information :)
      Feb 15
  • Facebook
    B13captain

    Facebook

    BIO
    New grad with 10yoe
    B13captainmore
    What org? Surprised at TC
    Feb 15 1
    • Airbnb dfevxkls
      OP
      Is it low for non-eng? Ops
      Feb 15
  • Google VROC85
    Go for it. Having Google experience and tenure will be helpful in all your future career. Even though in the end you may get disappointed and eventually switch over, the experiences you will get are still worth it imo.
    Feb 15 0
  • Amazon / Eng tylium
    What are your goals? Learn more? Rest and vest?
    Feb 15 1
    • Airbnb dfevxkls
      OP
      Learn more and grow is the goal
      Feb 15
  • Facebook Moth
    $45K GSU? That seems really low.
    Feb 15 1
    • Airbnb dfevxkls
      OP
      Yeah, non-eng/non-tech so $180k over 4 years
      Feb 15
  • VMware crabss
    Did you negotiate for more TC?
    Feb 15 2
    • New / Eng
      remus808

      New Eng

      PRE
      Google, Microsoft
      remus808more
      What is your job title?
      Feb 15
    • Google Switzlernd
      Which strategy team? Is it GBS?
      Feb 15
  • Airbnb dfevxkls
    OP
    Ty to all that voted 👍
    Feb 19 0

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