New grad- Walmart labs or Small SaaS company

Appfolio WEJD27
Apr 21 14 Comments

In desperate attempts (obviously over exaggerating) of choosing one or preparing for interviews in hand (amazon) I seek your advice and help.
Context: fresh grad software dev, ms in cs
Salary:
Walmart: 130k base/ 30k sign on in 2 yrs
SaaS: 105k base/ 25k sign on/ 20k rsu
Team:
Walmart: Infra, System engineering team
Would be working in team of 2 so
Far on data analytics and ML
SaaS: Full stack ruby + react, can have
ML opportunities
Location:
Walmart: Sunnyvale
SaaS: Santa Barbara

Mostly I want to judge future growth
I feel my team at Walmart is not of much visibility. It would be a team of 2, which is scaring me.
At smaller company, culture is nice, team works really well together and one can be oneself. Founded in 2006, IPOed in 2016.

What could be the best next action?

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  • Facebook FAANG#1
    For sure Walmart. You’ll want to be in the Bay Area for professional networking
    Apr 21 1
    • Appfolio WEJD27
      OP
      Yes, that’s a point that I feel is important too. What avenues would I have for professional networking in Sunnyvale?
      Apr 21
  • Netflix Greenbear
    I agree. Walmart sounds better of the two. Learn as much as you can, talk to everyone, network like crazy given that you’re in SV, and set yourself up for the next move.

    Moving to SB is likely a dead end.
    Apr 22 0
  • Walmart.com / R&D
    serjorah

    Walmart.com R&D

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    serjorahmore
    I think you are lowballed at Labs. New grads from a good/top school get around 170k TC and ~40-50k signon. I got it & know a couple others(MS CS)
    Apr 21 3
    • Appfolio WEJD27
      OP
      In that case what shall I do?
      Apr 21
    • Appfolio WEJD27
      OP
      Also is 40-50k for first year alone?
      Apr 21
    • Walmart.com / R&D
      serjorah

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      Yup one year alone
      Apr 21
  • Cisco avXh14
    Kids are so smart these days!
    Apr 21 1
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      OP
      Lol sarcasm?
      Apr 21
  • Seal Software GreySeal
    Have you brought the Walmart offer to the Saas company? Ask them for a counter offer. How about health and other benefits?
    Apr 21 1
    • Appfolio WEJD27
      OP
      Yes but these guys are on strict budget. Am trying to get it raised to 110k or more. Do you think it would be equivalent to Sunnyvale 130? Based on cost of living is half for me in Smaller company?
      Health benefits are same
      Apr 21
  • Walmart.com rand.randm
    WalmartLabs and Bay Area
    Apr 22 0
  • Esri / Eng Apsg61
    I would go for walmart. Lot of room to grow and you will be working in a professional enviroment.
    Apr 21 0
  • Expedia / Eng CQvV74
    ML, you can transition to infrastructure during mid career
    Apr 21 0