Currently in CA (Not Bay Area), and offer from current company at 103k (base) + 5.5 (bonus) + 10k (joining bonus).
Have an offer from Bloomberg LP in New York at 142k(base) + 18k(bonus) + 10k (relocation).
My plan is to study and move to a FAANG within a year.
Pros for New York:
1. If I move to New York, chances are that I will not need to move again - as many FAANG have offices there.
2. Fiancé currently working in a different state and she would find it much easier to find a good job in NYC as compared to San Diego.
3. Bloomberg will add value to my resume - hence help me with FAANG ?
Cons for New York:
2. More stress
3. Bloomberg havent told me which team I will join.
- I’m from NYC so my opinion will obviously be bias. Ultimately you will get more for what you pay for in NYC. Everything is accessible, you don’t need a car, food is incredible, your never bored and it’s not as expensive as everyone thinks it’s only as expensive as you make it. I make over 6 figs but I have friends who are elementary school teachers who live fine here, we still hang out and do some of the same things.
I do love San Diego and I actually have family there, so it’s always nice to visit. But I wouldn’t live there unless I was older and maybe ready to retire.
It’s way better here than the Bay Area (again IMO). I’ve been there so many times, and I still don’t get the apeal. We have the same companies as they do and the same opportunities. Our tech scene is huge here and only getting bigger, but it’s not the only scene which I love. So don’t let the “gotta be in the Bay Area” BS fool you.
Good luck on your decision.
- Bloomberg $ROPEIt's a "graded lab" but they don't actually rate you on it. We got our job assignments the day we handed our projects in, so no way to grade that quickly.
Bloomberg was aight. Incredibly chill, but not somewhere you want to spend more than 1-2yrs at since there's so much legacy and proprietary stuff (and most engineers here are pretty shit).
Leaving for a unicorn after 6mo, so your exits are good. Had interviews at any company I wanted, incl Two Sigma, Robinhood, and other hard-to-dos.
Also just lie and say you have a competing offer. Bloomberg should be able to pony up between 25-50k signing + 10k relo.
- Get a competing offer that's better and Bloomberg will give u signing bonus as well
- Also bb didn't tell you what team you'll join because u pick top x teams you wanna join after training. The teams pick new hire base on training performance in case demand more than slots.
Also nyc for a bit will be fun, seems like a fair amount of transitions to FANG afterwards. I myself met 2 already