To Leave or not to Leave

NVIDIA / Eng ivwb44
Sep 17 10 Comments

I accepted an offer from a startup (~150 ppl) with a good salary bump (~+25% base), stock options, and a bonus. I told my manager that I wanna leave, so he proceeded to bump my TC by 66% (25% base, and the rest in stock), and also promise to remedy some of the issues I’m having in my current team.
Now I’m torn between staying and leaving. On the one hand, NVIDIA is a successful company, it’s doing world-class work, and has a ton of solid work to do. On the other hand, a startup is a more lean environment, but also more volatile potentially.

The question is: what is the best step to take here? Do I stay, enjoy the salary/level bump, and work on different things within NVIDIA? or do I bounce, and see what goes on from there?
Also, what would happen if I decline to join after I signed an offer?

IC2/~$145K

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TOP 10 Comments
  • Facebook soeuqof
    This is sad that they only raise your tc when you show an offer... They should have done it earlier if you deserve 66% raise
    Sep 17 1
    • NVIDIA / Eng ivwb44
      OP
      Yeah I agree.
      My manager said that he was going to give me a raise anyway on my focal, but not this large of a raise.
      Sep 17
  • Compass uFML16
    Do you have very good relationship with your manager? Are you still learning? If so I’d stay and enjoy the nice salary bump for another year or so. Team, people and culture are very important as well.
    Sep 17 1
    • NVIDIA / Eng ivwb44
      OP
      I like my manager, but I’m not currently learning as much as I would like.
      My manager promised to fix that though...
      Sep 17
  • Uber / Eng HvWK68
    How long have you been with NVIDIA?
    Sep 17 1
    • NVIDIA / Eng ivwb44
      OP
      2.5 years (first job)
      Sep 17
  • Samsung Blackjack2
    Location?
    Sep 17 1
    • NVIDIA / Eng ivwb44
      OP
      Santa Clara
      Sep 17
  • Amazon / Eng meh..
    Leave
    Sep 17 0
  • Amazon / Eng DumbMonkey
    Stay for 6 months and then re evaluate
    Sep 17 0