Which offer should I pick? What would you do? Help give me insight please.

Microsoft melissa8
Nov 6, 2018 27 Comments

Option 1.---
Stay at Microsoft. Manage a team, work on cool innovate stuff at a world recognized tech brand. I've only been here for 1 year though...

Level 65 - Director title
Base: $190k
Bonus: 20% target
RSU: $150k over four years. So $37.5k yearly.

So this makes yearly TC to be: 265k TC

Option 2.----
No name startup that has IPO'd so stocks are worth something. It's in a non-tech industry. No one really is digitally saavy. They're making a direct to consumer product from the ground up. So think Casper or Hims or Allbirds. Which could be super cool.

Director at a 200 person company.
Base salary: 200k
Bonus: 40%
Options: 19,000. Strike price is at $15, but analysts say will trade at $38. So I'm standing to make $437,000 in four years. Which is $109k yearly.

So this makes yearly TC to be: $389k

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    • Microsoft melissa8
      OP
      The start up. For. Sure.
      Nov 6, 2018
    • There’s your answer
      Nov 6, 2018
  • Amazon AMZN lyf
    Well it depends on your personality. If you think you can lead such a responsibility task then go for the startup but remember with power comes responsibility
    Nov 6, 2018 1
    • Microsoft melissa8
      OP
      I could lead it for sure.

      Problem is there's no exit strategy if the startup goes under
      Nov 6, 2018
  • Amazon AMZN lyf
    I have a frnd in Microsoft who left it for a startup. He joined amazon few years later for a junior role.
    Nov 6, 2018 2
    • State Farm / Eng 599
      Lmao wtf??
      Nov 6, 2018
    • Microsoft melissa8
      OP
      This doesn't right. Was he at a junior role at MSFT too?
      Nov 6, 2018
  • Google SviY0992
    "Analysts say could trade at $38" -- this does not necessarily mean your stock value will double. Beware the reverse split.
    Nov 6, 2018 1
    • Microsoft melissa8
      OP
      Reverse split? What's that?
      Nov 6, 2018
  • Amazon Zzzxcz
    Microsoft. The $38 is a big if.
    Nov 6, 2018 2
    • Amazon Zzzxcz
      And going to non tech field is a downgrade imho. Might be hard to get back later.
      Nov 6, 2018
    • Microsoft melissa8
      OP
      I would say the $38 is a sure thing.

      There's some insider stuff going on, but I am say for sure it's going up soon.
      Nov 6, 2018
  • Snapchat iasB74
    I would get another offer and ask MICROSOFT to match. My engineers with 1-2yoe are making $265k.
    Nov 6, 2018 1
    • Microsoft melissa8
      OP
      Yeah but... Snapchat stock keeps going down
      Nov 6, 2018
  • Amazon GuptaJi43
    What the heck kind of startup has higher offers than Microsoft
    Nov 6, 2018 1
    • Microsoft melissa8
      OP
      Smaller Pie than MSFT for sure, but I'm getting a larger slice.
      Nov 6, 2018
  • Homeaway LOR1212
    L65 is a NOT a director title at Microsoft. It’s just entry level principal given principal level comprises of L65, 66 and 67
    Nov 6, 2018 2
    • Google SviY0992
      Could be marketing; I thought everyone was a director there
      Nov 6, 2018
    • Microsoft melissa8
      OP
      Director of business operations
      Nov 6, 2018
  • Capital One CWbf75
    150k in RSUs over 4 years every year is not 150/4. It is 600 long term. So this startup is less money. And you can buy the startup stock if you belive in it ;)
    Nov 6, 2018 1
    • Microsoft melissa8
      OP
      True but the startup could be going up too....
      Nov 6, 2018
  • Amazon / Eng sde3
    TC of a director at msft is 265k? This doesnt sound right, but if it is, you should leave asap.
    Nov 6, 2018 1
    • Microsoft melissa8
      OP
      I'm a little under, but comp.fyi points out 65s are making 285k on avg
      Nov 6, 2018
  • New / Eng AussieSWE
    Startup. 100%
    Nov 6, 2018 1
  • Microsoft Wanna be
    Why not try another company? L65 Microsoft TC is not impressive. I know someone got a $280 L65 dev offer from Microsoft recently.
    Nov 7, 2018 0

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