Would you volunteer to lead a new team at a non-tech location?

Airbnb bluejayy
Apr 5 14 Comments

Let’s say your company is giving you an opportunity to start up an engineering center, but the catch is that it’s in an area not known for tech, like Miami or Nashville.

You’d be the first engineer there and you’d be responsible for building out a team. You’d also keep your current compensation for two years.

Would this be a good move for a relatively young engineer with no family? Or would the move to a non-tech area be a bad move in terms of career? Would you do it for two years and then leave when it’s time to adjust your compensation lower?

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TOP 14 Comments
  • Google
    tsukino

    Google

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    tsukinomore
    I wouldn't because being with technically strong peers and some of the best minds in the Bay Area is a valuable life experience
    Apr 5 2
    • Google / Eng catburglar
      How about a place like NYC or Seattle?
      Apr 5
    • Google
      tsukino

      Google

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      w
      tsukinomore
      imho, 2nd tier is a far distance from 1st tier
      (i've lived/worked in NYC but not Seattle)
      Apr 5
  • Google / Eng catburglar
    Yes
    Apr 5 0
  • Oracle k-9
    Yes
    Apr 5 0
  • Google kalemelon
    Yes
    Apr 5 0
  • VMware SweetPease
    Where are you going to find your engineers?
    Apr 6 2
    • Microsoft UMbR31
      Blind.
      Bruh... I think you didn't the purpose of this thread
      Apr 6
    • VMware SweetPease
      Na. I think you missed it. The OPs job at the new place is to build a team. They will fail if there are no good engineers to be had. There is a reason no great tech companies came out of Arkansas.
      Apr 6
  • LinkedIn / Eng ikoke
    Nope.
    Apr 6 0
  • Salesforce UfMg36
    No. But maybe :)
    Apr 6 0
  • Microsoft UMbR31
    Yes!
    Apr 6 0
  • Nvidia hdo
    Anywhere other than shithole Bay Area
    Apr 6 0
  • Ellie Mae / Eng expNoob
    Yes
    Apr 5 0