MS, Uber or startup?

Uber Asdfger
Apr 26, 2018 16 Comments

I am an ex PhD intern at Uber. Being offered SDE2 at Uber and SDE2 at MS and MTS at a unicorn startup (post series D). TC is ~215k at MS + 75k bonus, ~240k at Uber @48) and ~280k at Unicorn. Which company shall I join?

Edit: Being married, I do not feel comfortable joining startup.

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  • Microsoft newb1186
    Microsoft.
    Apr 26, 2018 0
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    • New / Eng
      Pooner

      New Eng

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      Uber, Amazon
      Poonermore
      I agree. RobinHood is a startup that has lot of potential and momentum.

      Uber & Microsoft are good choices, but they will always be there. Nobody will fault you for going to hot start-up if anything it is a good signal around being entrepreneurial and moving fast.
      Apr 26, 2018
    • Microsoft fjdjdj
      I feel like Robinhood is an incredibly risky startup. They've basically enabled stock market gambling for clueless millennials.

      A huge catastrophic 2008-like recession could take Robinhood down. A flash flood of selling off would crush them.
      Apr 26, 2018
    • New / Eng
      Pooner

      New Eng

      PRE
      Uber, Amazon
      Poonermore
      There is always some risk for a start up. Facebook in 2004 - MySpace is bigger. What if Google & Microsoft start competing? They have no revenue model. Look what happened to Friendster -> You should stay at Microsoft.

      You should join startups because of “what could go right” rather than “what could go wrong”

      Otherwise you’ll never make the leap from BigCo.
      Apr 26, 2018
  • Microsoft fjdjdj
    If SDC then choose Uber. If you want to pursue more research then go to MSR
    Apr 26, 2018 2
    • Uber Asdfger
      OP
      It is SDC
      Apr 26, 2018
    • Microsoft fjdjdj
      Go for that. It'll set you up for best opportunities after your first job
      Apr 26, 2018
  • Microsoft / Eng
    AmIMSFT

    Microsoft Eng

    BIO
    McRosoft, AmIErlich, AmIEwok, AmIEvil
    AmIMSFTmore
    Which team at Microsoft, or what area, at least?
    Apr 26, 2018 1
    • Uber Asdfger
      OP
      MLI, a part of Azure
      Apr 26, 2018
  • Microsoft
    noobydoo

    Microsoft

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    Schlumberger Limited
    noobydoomore
    Looks like the startup is robinhood from the tags
    Apr 26, 2018 0
  • New / Eng
    Pooner

    New Eng

    PRE
    Uber, Amazon
    Poonermore
    Which startup? I would only go to one with great investors, great growth rate, and great market. But if it is a good one, I would take that.

    Microsoft and Uber will always be there if you want to do BigCo.
    Apr 26, 2018 0
  • Microsoft SMEa84
    Are all locations bay area? Or is Microsoft offer for Redmond?
    Apr 27, 2018 2
    • Uber Gjqq85
      MS is for Redmond
      Apr 27, 2018
    • Microsoft SMEa84
      Mind sharing the break down between base and rsu grant for msft offer?
      Apr 27, 2018
  • BrightFunnel Mlldffg
    I’d personally choose Uber SDC in a heartbeat. But For your situation, Im wondering if you should go MS over Uber. 1. You seem risk averse and there’s still some risk in Uber. (If Series D seems too risky to you that’s a good test - nothing wrong with that, it just is). 2. MS comp is better than Uber. You’re not get much if any risk or liquidity premium. 3. You’ve actually worked at Uber yet still have doubts - might be a good sign. 4. Id live in Redmond over Bay Area
    May 12, 2018 0
  • Microsoft kVyb65
    Robinhood for sure
    Apr 26, 2018 0

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