Which data science offer?

Jet.com Tolik
Nov 11, 2018 25 Comments

I got 3 offers from three companies for business analyst/data sciency roles.
Which sounds the best for my career if I want to make it to FANG as a data scientist in a year or two?
This is my first job out of college and my degree is not data science related so I want to make sure I am making the right choice for future TC. Thanks in advance for any thoughts.

A. Business analyst - 140k at large company (think wework equivalent) doing mostly sql (Unix stack)
B. Data scientist - 110k salary 20k “cash value equity” for a 10 person biotech startup using data science for a trendy field (Microsoft stack)
C. Data scientist - 130k salary at a nonprofit using data science for health insurance (Unix stack)

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  • New / Eng uhYr23
    B is the most attractive, but salary too low, and it's too small, so there's risk of losing the job. C is the most sane option.
    Nov 11, 2018 4
    • TriNet AYwy24
      Agreed
      Nov 11, 2018
    • 3Sharp / Eng
      learnin

      3Sharp Eng

      BIO
      Amazon
      learninmore
      This
      Nov 11, 2018
    • Jet.com Tolik
      OP
      I was unsure which one is more attractive out of the two but b uses Microsoft stack for everything. Equity could potentially be worth a lot. Windows machines/azure etc. Is that a negative or a positive?
      Nov 11, 2018
    • New / Eng uhYr23
      Tech stack doesn't matter much. Work experience with cloud is good. Don't think about the stock option now, neither give any value to it.
      Nov 11, 2018
  • Amazon Drogan
    Option C
    A will plug you into BA roles
    B has too low a salary
    Nov 11, 2018 0
  • New / Eng @!!!!
    Did you not convert Jet.com to a FTE?
    Nov 11, 2018 7
    • Jet.com Tolik
      OP
      Do you have a PhD in data science?
      Nov 11, 2018
    • New / Eng @!!!!
      Humble Masters. But I go to a top 15 CS School, if that matters.
      Nov 11, 2018
    • Verizon ( ͡ʘ ͜ʖ
      Masters in analytics? That's a solid offer
      Nov 12, 2018
    • New / Eng @!!!!
      Masters in CS
      Nov 12, 2018
    • Jet.com Tolik
      OP
      Ah I think that TC makes perfect sense. CS degree is the new all purpose degree!
      Nov 12, 2018
  • Google / Eng fanglife
    D: brush up your leetcode and coding skills and apply to FANG as a regular SWE, pay is better, they do hire new grads, and you can still do data sciency work depending on which team you land in. Whereas as a data scientist in your title you'll be basically an sql monkey even at FANG
    Nov 11, 2018 3
    • Nielsen / Eng
      userperson

      Nielsen Eng

      PRE
      Google
      userpersonmore
      Not as a quant. There is clear separation between ba and quant across all fang.
      Nov 11, 2018
    • Jet.com Tolik
      OP
      This is a pretty interesting answer and I think I can do this in a bit (perhaps I can study this year) but I need to choose one of these jobs now.
      Nov 11, 2018
    • New / Eng @!!!!
      Pay is better as a SWE at FAANG, except Amazon.
      Nov 11, 2018
  • Uber YRUHere
    If you are doing DS, make sure the company has infra ready and clean data for you to play with. Otherwise you will end up as a data engineer to get all the data ready in the first couple years.
    Nov 11, 2018 1
    • New / Eng uhYr23
      Which isn't a bad work experience for a fresh college grad. OP can't possibly be building sophisticated ML models now.
      Nov 11, 2018
  • TriNet AYwy24
    Take B or C, looks most promising from
    Work standpoint . At this point in your career, TC should not matter unless you have extraneous circumstances which require you to focus on that. Go for learning in the first five years .... stay humble stay learning
    Nov 11, 2018 0
  • Verizon ( ͡ʘ ͜ʖ
    What state are they in?
    Nov 11, 2018 1
    • Jet.com Tolik
      OP
      All in NY
      Nov 11, 2018
  • AT&T JgfX18
    A—
    Jan 22 0
  • TriNet AYwy24
    Important point ^^ if they don’t have infra and good data models work is basically going to be trying to influence teams to get proper data
    Nov 11, 2018 0

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