PgM Google vs. Data Engineer Facebook (Contract)

BlackRock / Eng pyrexlunch
Jun 11 24 Comments

Which offer would you choose (1) or (2)?

I’m tempted to take Facebook for the type of work and cash.

But I’m Blinded by my love of Google.

Any Facebook contractors out there can weigh in?

(1) 180k TC, Google PgM - Google Cloud, Vendor Support (full time role focused on workforce management, headcount planning, forecasting, flexibility to take on 20% technical projects, SF office)

(2) 240k TC, Facebook Data Engineer - Oculus, Portal
($115/hr, 6 month contract role, intention to extend, confirmed with manager potential to convert to FT, Menlo Park)

Thank you.

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  • Google qDJU47
    PgM can be a challenge role at Google, unless you are really into herding cats and do project management. Very different than a data engineering role, so I would pick based on your job preference, not because of the company.
    Jun 11 5
    • BlackRock lofi
      Thank you, qDJU47. I am more interested in building things, designing, and coding than herding cats.

      If Facebook was full-time, I wouldn't hesitate on signing for the DE role.
      Jun 11
    • Google qDJU47
      Is conversion to a full time role a possibility like most big companies? If so, go to FB and go through the conversion process.
      Jun 11
    • Microsoft PaaS
      Everything is a possibility until it doesn’t actually happen.

      I am personally risk averse when it comes to what I actually have and what I might be potentially able to get. I would go for google, get the experience and if you don’t like it, reach out to the FB recruiter after about 6 month - 1 yr and set up interview. You will get a higher TC when you go from G to FB. This way you are hedging your bet with least risk.

      Edit: after reading other comments, I didn’t focus on how different the positions are. What I said still applies as part of the logic but heart always beats logic. Go with what your gut tells you. After all, you have the rest of your life to pursue other opportunities.
      Jun 11
    • BlackRock lofi
      Thank you PaaS, appreciate your input.
      Jun 11
    • Facebook Lt. Ilia
      Make sure you know what you’re getting into with a non-tech PgM role. Career path, salary, internal reputation, and future prospects.

      The career path is poorly defined and happiness as a PgM is highly dependent on variables outside your control (whether there is a PgMO in place, how much credibility the role has at your company, and what org you roll up to).

      I would always go for roles in engineering as a PgM.
      Jun 12
  • Microsoft PaaS
    Unless I read it wrong, Google is full-time and FB is contract for 6 months? I have never seen a more obvious choice! Google of course!

    A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
    Jun 11 1
    • BlackRock lofi
      You read correctly. Google PgM (non-technical) over Facebook Data Engineer Contract (technical)?

      Cool, I wasn't familiar with that idiom.

      "It is preferable to have a small but certain advantage than a mere potential of a greater one."
      Jun 11
  • Google / Eng
    meros

    Google Eng

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    JPMorgan Chase & Co.
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    merosmore
    I work in Google Cloud and know some PgM. I can tell you as en engineer, you will probably not like it and miss technical work unless you are really into project management.

    I would probably go with Facebook if that was my core skillset or the one I want to develop.
    Jun 11 1
    • BlackRock lofi
      Perfect, thank you for letting me know - this helps a lot.

      I just accepted the offer from FB.
      Jun 11
  • Facebook QIXQ16
    Yeah these are two completely different things. Pick the one that will give you more experience in the type of work you intend to have a career in. Both are great brands for future employment, but being perceived as having an aimless, unpurposed path may work against you in the future.
    Jun 11 1
    • BlackRock lofi
      Great point QIXQ16 - that was one of my worries. If I move to PgM, it may look as though I was not certain if DE was for me.
      Jun 11
  • Facebook iCSB44
    Is the FB contract W2 with the agency or Corp-to-Corp?
    Jun 11 3
    • BlackRock lofi
      FB contract is W2 with agency.
      Jun 11
    • Facebook iCSB44
      That rate is pretty good for W2. Good job securing it
      Jun 11
    • BlackRock lofi
      Thanks iCSB44 - I accepted the offer from FB.
      Jun 11
  • BlackRock qzwxecrvtb
    Quite different offers. Hard to compare. I say go with Google. Better brand and stability.

    Curious... What position/location you currently in at BLK?
    Jun 11 1
  • Credit Karma yir312
    Just do the data engineering one and don’t think about it. You’ll build human capital that will help you land the next job.

    The vendor role job will make your resume look worse for engineering jobs in the future.
    Jun 11 1
    • BlackRock lofi
      Yes, that is what I am leaning toward as well. I want to build my skillset as a Data Engineer.
      Jun 11
  • Amazon yacht 🛥
    I would stay away from contracting job and take full time offer
    Jun 18 0
  • Google
    AIMLOK

    Google

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    I once served 5TB
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    You already said your answer in the question... Go after the type of work that is more fulfilling here. You have nothing to look back at (e.g. cash difference)
    Jun 11 0
  • Google hatsud00
    Wtf ones a legit engineering role and one is managing headcount for vendors...
    Jun 11 0
  • Credit Karma yir312
    Funny how different these roles are
    Jun 11 0

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