I recently received a 235K TC (including benefits) job offer in China (shanghai) EDIT: i think we have someone below that didn’t understand this is USD. 1.5Million RMB.
I know China relatively well as i go there a lot for work and i can speak the language with 80% fluency. Can read a basic newspaper. Can type. Can do biz meetings. Can not explain product well nor do i know like academic or literary vocabulary.
I’ll be working in media and taking on a much more senior role than i am in Microsoft. I’m an IC here at Microsoft but will be a leader at this company.
It’s a very well known American brand and functionally similar to what i do now at Microsoft. At Microsoft I’m doing very well. Fast promo velocity. Great manager. Great team. Only reason I’m leaving is i want to manage a team and i want to live in China. The TC is also higher as it’s a very senior role and i will be he youngest person at that level at the China office.
I’m very excited about this opp but I’m scared of leaving Microsoft. I love what i do right now. I feel I’m paid well. I’ve had 3 jobs since undergrad and this is my best job ever as great hours. Smart ppl. Interesting work. Great international travel when i want and where i want. Nice office. Manager awesome. Skip level visionary. I know I’m lucky. But this opportunity seems to good to turn down. A few warning signs as they’re not giving me all the niceties of an expat package that I’ve heard of but it’s good money.
My parents and siblings are here in the us. I have friends there from bschool. Life is easy. Zero stress.
Is there anything i should be careful of?
Anything about working in China that has changed? I worked in China 4 years ago for 6 months but now am moving there long term.
Any advice. Thoughts. Feedback. Musings. All helpful. Prefer no trolls as I really am excited and hopefully won’t be too many downers.
How are you going to survive with this salary in Shanghai?
I would not return back for any money.