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Questioning my decision to join startup

Salesforce / EngRedeRocket
7d

So I had an interview with this early early stage startup (2 founders mainly working on it with couple of contractors). They seem to be having traction. They described their product and tech. The founders had a previous successful exit and are bootstrapping this startup. I was a bit impressed but I was NOT completely decided if I wanted to join. Afterwards i asked about what compensation would look like. The said 160k plus equity. Which is a bit more than what I am making currently but not a huge. I had a 3 week vaca planned while all this was going on. So I told them that I needed time to think as this was going to be a big decision for me. I will get back to them after vaca. They said they really like me and they are ok waiting (what the recruiter told me). A week and half later, while still on vaca, the recruiter email asking if I made a decision. I thought about it more and replied I am in after 3 days. He then proceeded to call me to tell me that things have changed a bit. That they hired a developer manager who I will now have to interview with again and that the founders where having doubts. The recruiter Quote one of the founders “they don’t know if I will stick around if things become difficult or not easy”. I asked what “not easy” meant he mentioned something like difficulties with the technical side of development .

I am currently an SMTS (senior member of technical staff ) or senior software Eng with 5 YOE.
150 TC

I am now asking myself if it will be worth to pursue this.
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  • New monomo
    Wtf is it about founders having doubts on you lol? They were positive a couple of days ago and now having doubts? Did you like them during the interview? Were they competent enough? Do you think you'll enjoy working with them there?
    7d8
    • Salesforce / EngRedeRocket
      OP
      Funny thing the manager has not even started yet . He is going to start in January
      7d
    • New monomo
      Whoa, some complete stranger has suddenly been put ahead of you just because he just signed the offer. I would only think about these things:
      - if you're going to enjoy the work there
      - if you feel you'll learn things there
      - interview the new manager guy and find out if he's an asshole.
      7d
    • Salesforce / EngRedeRocket
      OP
      I like the technical founder he seemed knowledgeable. The other founder who said he was the finance guy did not know much about the tech side. He is the one having doubt. The recruiter told me the tech guy liked me A lot . I felt like the team was small enough for me to focus on making the product better without drowning in meetings. They were using a lot of cool tech that I will benefit from by learning them. I felt the environment was relax enough for me to enjoy working there
      7d
    • New monomo
      It's usually the non tech guys that would always have doubts. To be frank, technical expertise is what an engineer must have. There are managers and product departments to direct an enginner towards the right direction. After all, he's a finance guy, what the fuck would he know about what you can do there?
      7d
    • Google / ConsultantRodCone
      What responsibility will this manager have? There are no engineers to manage yet.
      7d
    • New monomo
      Maybe they will hire more soon
      7d
    • Salesforce / EngRedeRocket
      OP
      I have no idea, plus he has not even started the job yet.
      7d
    • Salesforce / EngRedeRocket
      OP
      They were planning on hiring 2 more engineers though
      7d
  • Salesforce / EngRedeRocket
    OP
    I have not left salesforce yet . I was waiting for their offer letter. So even if this does not workout I still have a job
    7d0
  • New 0hedge
    Boomerang back to salesforce. SFDc sign on bonus maybe more than what you will benefit from this joke startup.
    7d1
    • Salesforce / EngRedeRocket
      OP
      I have not left salesforce yet . I was waiting for their offer letter. So even if this does not workout I still have a job
      7d
  • Microsoft YwWb48
    Nopey nopey nope nope
    7d0
  • New Tapati0
    I wouldn’t move forward
    7d0
  • Broadcom Ltd. rFkd21
    No.
    7d0
  • Bloomberg iVX372
    Definitely don't join. Joining a sketchy early stage startup that only hires contractors after your cushy life at Salesforce will be like eating shit after a Michelin star restaurant meal. And remember that early stage startup equity doesn't count as TC, for many reasons.
    7d0
  • Glassdoor BKFp41
    I would stay away.
    7d0
  • Hitachi Vantara DMT
    If things are this weird already I would run.
    7d0
  • Google / Othersnidely
    Sounds flakey that the non tech person is having doubts about you. Based on what? I'd pass on this one.
    7d0
  • Google / Othersnidely
    Location?
    7d1
  • Could be just the recruiter playing mind games.
    7d0

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