Tech Lead Role in Finance Megacorp vs IC (SWE2 level) at FAANG?
This is for analytics / ML position. PhD+4 years. Can't reveal company specifics for privacy.
I may soon have an offer at a finance-related Megacorp in NYC (but not hedge fund). Base is $200k+, with bonus, TC is $250-260k. Very early numbers nothing confirmed.
It also looks quite high rank. Title is 'Director of Analytics Stuff'. Google search suggests it's one level below VP??? (I think it's real VP, not banks where everyone is VP). But recruiter tells me it's still IC, even though I will have about 3 direct reports. So it looks like a cross between IC and a technical manager/team lead.
My other options is FAANG IC positions at the SWE2 level, which is where I am interviewing at. Maybe can hit Senior level if lucky.
Assuming TC at FAANG matches, which path is better to grow TC?
I'm thinking FAANG is FAANG and I can hit 350k+ TC within a few more years. Not sure about the finance job TC growth though, but the title looks high ranking and I have my own team albeit a small one.